2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet

City mpg:
25
Highway mpg:
33

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet Overview

The standard features of the Audi A3 2.0T Premium include 2.0L I-4 186hp intercooled turbo engine, 7-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Audi
A3 Cabriolet

Starting at: $38,350

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Financing Offer : 4.99% APR for 66 months on select Audi A3 models

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    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 4.99% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 66 monthly payments of $17.36 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 4.99% APR for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $43.87 per $1000 financed. 4.99% APR for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $29.97 per $1000 financed. 4.99% APR for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $27.83 per $1000 financed. 4.99% APR for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26 per $1000 financed. 4.99% APR for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $23.02 per $1000 financed. 4.99% APR for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $18.87 per $1000 financed. 5.49% APR for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.33 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    Financing Offer : $1,000 cash back on select Audi A3 models

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 9
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/10,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 186hp @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 221 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.6mm x 92.7mm (3.25" x 3.65")
  • Compression ratio - 11.70 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,422mm (174.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,596mm (102.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (18.1')
  • Front legroom - 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Rear legroom - 810mm (31.9")
  • Front headroom - 950mm (37.4")
  • Rear headroom - 922mm (36.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,161mm (45.7")
  • Interior cargo volume - 280 L (10 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 280 L (10 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power convertible roof
  • Glass rear window
  • Convertible roof lining
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 186hp @ 4,400RPM
  • Torque - 221 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 7 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - S tronic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Integrated roll-over protection
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/45HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/45HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • High intensity discharge headlights - Xenon plus
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - Audi pre sense front mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0T Premium 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Premium Search New $38,350   186-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 33  
2.0T Premium 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Premium Search New $41,050   220-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  22 / 30  
2.0T Premium Plus 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Premium Plus Search New $41,600   186-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 33  
2.0T Premium Plus 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Premium Plus Search New $44,300   220-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  22 / 30  
2.0T Prestige 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Prestige Search New $46,800   186-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  25 / 33  
2.0T Prestige 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T Prestige Search New $49,500   220-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  22 / 30  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The VW/Audi 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a winner, flexible and refined, either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The paddle-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shift sharply, although you might hear a clunk at low speed.

Because the chassis (from the VW Golf) is rigid, the A3 gets away with a fairly soft suspension without ruining the handling. The electric power steering is light but direct. Road noise is high.

The suspension in the Sport Package can be stiff over expansion strips, but the seats have more bolstering to comfortable ride it out.

The heavier Cabriolet is a bit less zippy, and there’s some slight shake over bad roads, but it’s still nicely composed.

The battery pack in the Sportback e-tron is mounted low, which helps bring down the center of gravity thus improving the handling, to go with its quickness. An EV mode selects electric power for slow speed.

Walk Around

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The grille and front fascia are fairly aggressive, and the LED daytime running lights look cool, even cooler with the optional LED headlamps.

The A3’s trim size and clean lines make it look classy, especially compared to rivals. It’s an inspiring design. The Cabriolet is even a bit smaller, at just 175 inches, and the power cloth top with glass window is cohesive with the package.

Interior Overview

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The attractively conservative cabin features a chunky steering wheel and simple horizontal dashboard with distinctive round vents. The 7.0-inch MMI infotainment screen rises atop the dash, with controls on the center console, including a touchpad that recognizes handwriting, but hasn’t caught on. An available high-rez LCD screen replaces the conventional gauges and can be set up with Google satellite view or images of analog gauges.

The materials are nice, including leather standard or sport seats. But both seats have short cushions, and legroom is tight for tall drivers. It’s cramped for adults in the rear. But Audi has gotten the most out of the A3’s small size, when it comes to interior room.

Summary

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The size and shape is great, but the lack of rear legroom limits things, so the hatch is the only way to go. It’s hard to fault the powertrain, except maybe for the occasional clunk in the otherwise brilliant six-speed dual clutch automatic. You’ll never lack power from the 2.0-liter turbo engine. The Sportback e-tron hybrid doesn’t make much sense at 34 miles per gallon, which isn’t that much more than the A3 with a real engine.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection.

Model Lineup

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Standard equipment in the front-wheel-drive Premium for $32,150 including destination, includes dual-zone climate control, xenon headlamps, panoramic sunroof, leather seats, 12-way power front seats, satellite radio, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and automatic emergency braking. Heated front seats are $500. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is $900.

The Premium Plus ($35,400) adds an S-Line body kit, keyless ignition with passive entry, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, split-folding rear seats. A $3000 Technology Package that adds the Audi Connect telematics system, the MMI infotainment system with Audi Virtual Cockpit, and blind-spot monitors,. A $1,050 LED Lighting Package adds LED headlights/taillights. A 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is $950.

A3 Prestige at $41,100 includes the technology package and sound system, plus ambient interior lighting and adaptive cruise control with stop/go ability.

All three models have a $900 Sport Package that adds a sport suspension, sport seats, Audi Drive Select modes, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. Rear side airbags are $350.

Quattro all-wheel drive is $2700 to $3000 more. The Cabriolet is $6400 more, with standard leather.

The e-tron adds about $7500 each model of A3, but then there’s available $4502 in federal incentives to possibly subtract.

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