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2014 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Cabriolet
Mitchell Oke
By Mitchell Oke
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three-year/unlimited kilometre
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Mitchell Oke
By Mitchell Oke

So, where did you go on your date?

Headed out to the country for a weekend getaway.

Ideal first date?

Perfect. With the sun shining, a cool breeze, and Pandora streaming through the excellent stereo, the Audi A3 Cabriolet was the perfect car for the task.

Hot or not?

Hot. The last A3 Cabrio was an odd looking thing, with a stumpy boot that barely extended out behind the fabric roof. The new A3 Cabriolet is a very well-proportioned car, with short overhangs and a proper boot. Looks pretty smart in this white-with-black-wheels combo too.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

The A3 has one of the best hatchback interiors, with a quality feel that its similarly priced German rivals, namely the 1-series and A-Class, lack. It carries over into the cabriolet, with quality materials used across the entire cabin. I'd love a lighter interior as all-dark interiors tend to feel smaller than the lighter ones. The seats in our S-line model were a particular highlight, both for their comfort and general aesthetic appeal.

The ability to dismiss the central display into the dashboard is a nice touch too, especially at night.

Standout features?

The A3 Cabriolet is very usable as an everyday car. It has a surprising amount of roof for a compact four-seat convertible, and a decent amount of room in the boot even when the roof is stowed away.

Our model was also specced up with a few options. The $4,200 S-line package is definitely worth a tick, adding bi-xenon headlights, sporty design touches inside and out and 18-inch alloys. The neck warmers for $1,200 may seem a bit overpriced, but they are certainly nice on a chilly evening!

Annoying habits?

Not terribly a fan of the diesel, especially when the petrol version is so good and still very economical.

Ready for a family?

If you have young kids you could get away with it, but when they get older they probably won't be too happy sitting in the back.

High maintenance?

Capped price servicing means you know how much it's going to cost you in those early years of ownership while still under warranty.

Any deal-breakers?

Not really, I would swap out the diesel for the petrol though.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

At that point in my life I'd be after a two rather than four-seater convertible. I've owned a two-seat roadster in the past and loved it.

Keeping your options open?

Certainly. The A3 Cabrio is one of the best value convertibles on the market right now, even more so thanks to the extra two seats. Will be interesting to drive the new BMW BMW 2-Series convertible when it arrives to see if that remains the case.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

Young families who want to get the roof down on the weekends, or couples with friends who don't mind sitting up back.