2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T quattro – Review and Test Drive

By Paul Riegler on 10 August 2015
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The third droptop to join Frequent Business Traveler’s short-term test fleet was a blue 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet. Having had a Corvette Stingray convertible as well as a BMW 228i convertible at the start of the droptop season, we were eagerly awaiting the Audi ragtop.

Audi completely redid the A3, taking the five-door hatch and reconfiguring it first as a four-door sedan and now as a soft-top two-door convertible (albeit without a fixed-roof coupe version). The result is a car that looks like a slightly shrunken A4, which isn’t bad at all.

After reading my colleague Jonathan’s review of last year’s A3 (a diesel four door version), I felt somewhat let down. The sedan is the sportier looking of the two A3s and the acceleration, despite a zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of 5.9 seconds, seemed to lack the punch I had hoped for but it would be an unfair comparison to the diesel.

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I needn’t have fretted.

Moments after the car arrived, the top went down and off I went. Once I got past the 20 seconds it took for the top to go down, everything seemed right with the world. It was a perfect California day in the Northeast for top-down driving, blue sky, low humidity, and a temperature of 81° F (27° C). While the acceleration doesn’t feel fast at first there’s enough torque available to make it take off on a dime.


Convertibles only look good with the top down and the A3 is no different, with the top up, it had a slightly awkward stance to it. The soft top takes a lot of trunk space, one reason that the engineers in Ingolstadt didn’t opt for a hardtop convertible, which would take up even more space when the top is down. Packages and groceries are relegated to the rear seat, which is fine since it’s too tight for most adults. Ironically, access to the rear seats is easy.

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