2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T FWD S tronic

The dream of the '90s is alive at Audi with this compact premium convertible.

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The 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet is the convertible version of the compact Audi A3 sedan. The version we tested featured a 1.8-liter TFSI turbo 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and an "S tronic" dual-clutch transmission.

This reborn Audi Cabriolet recalls the stylish small convertibles of the 1990s such as VW Group's own Cabrio or the BMW 3-series convertible featured in Clueless. With its modest power but entertaining handling, the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T is designed more for spirited around-town drives than outright sport. The dual-clutch transmission is nearly seamless, and in general the whole experience is smooth and unobtrusive. Interior quality is outstanding, which, given our 170-horsepower test car's sticker of $45,525, should really be expected.

Our test car did come well-equipped, with a back-up camera, beautiful leather seats, parking assist, and the bangin' Bang & Olufsen sound system. On the road, the car is quiet in spite of its cloth top. The top can go up or down in 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 31 mph. It's a smooth and well-made feeling piece of machinery. The car's architecture being derived from hard-top coupes and sedans, it did exhibit some wobble and cowl-shake over rougher roads, but no worse than contemporary drop-tops.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/ 50,000-mile basic warranty, 12-year corrosion warranty, 1-year/5,000-mile free maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $35,600

As Tested: $35,600

  • 24 / 35 mpg
  • EPA
  • 170 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 1.8-liter 4 turbo
  • Horsepower: 170 hp
  • Torque: 200
  • Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch
  • Curb Weight: 3,350 lbs
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc, floating calipers
  • Suspension: Ind/ Ind
  • Traction: Traction and Stability control standard
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 35 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: NHTSA: Not yet rated

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