New to the Audi North America line up is the A3 series, complete with the A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet. This is Audi’s new A segment – replacing the A4 as the brand’s entry level vehicle.
Even though the 2015 A3 Cabriolet is an entry level convertible, it is still packed with goodies.
Under the hood is a fuel efficient 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that offers 170 horsepower and 200 Ib-ft of torque. You can expect to get 35 miles per gallon from the A3 convertible.
For those looking for an extra punch, an optional 2.0L 4-cylinder engine brings the total horsepower up to 220 and the torque to 258 ib-ft. Personally I would opt for the bigger motor because the smaller one seemed under powered for a performance minded car. The bigger engine also adds all-wheel-drive for improved handling and safety on wet roads.
Standard on both models is a six speed S tropic dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is magnificent gearbox, because it shifts faster than a manual transmission and it offers the convenience of an automatic.
The car drives beautifully! It handles well and feels solid on the highway. If you are use to driving big cars, it feels small, but not cramped.
The interior of the 2015 Audi A3 is sleek and modern. You will noticed a newly designed dash, complete with circular chrome air vents and aluminum trim.
Leather seats are standard on all models – you won’t find that entry level models from Mercedes or BMW.
Personally, I find Audi to have amongst the most comfortable seats on the road. The shape of the seats work well with my back. I drove an Audi A6 round trip from Saint Louis to Ft Lauderdale a few years ago and no back pain. So, I am really glad to see that the A3 features a similar seat design.
Technology helps set the 2015 Audi A3 apart from the competition. Featured (with the navigation package) is a large multifunctional display that pops out of the dash. Using an LTE data connection, you can access Google Earth to get turn by turn directions, weather, traffic, and restaurant recommendations. Audi is the only manufacturer to feature this type of integration with Google. The pros of a system that uses a wireless data connection are that you always have the most up-to-date maps and traffic data. The downside of a system that use a wireless data connection is that you have to purchase a monthly data plan for your car.
As with most convertibles, you get a lot of wind noise with the top down. An available wind deflector helps reduce the noise, but then you loose the use of the two rear seats.
Driving with the top up is almost like diving a coupe. The rear glass window is easy to see out of and the top is well insulated.
Whether you have the top up or down, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is a great car! Nothing beats the feeling of a cool breeze blowing through your hair. With temperatures cooling off in South Florida, now is the perfect time to buy a convertible.