The rest of the Audi A3 line-up has been praised for bringing a high-class feel to the entry-level premium car market, and the A3 Cabriolet shares that quality.
This means you get metal knobs, soft dashboard plastics, swathes of silver trim and white LED displays. The cloth roof comes in two versions: SE models (that’s Audi-speak for entry level) get a normal cloth roof, Sport and S-Line versions get an ‘acoustic’ roof that keeps the cabin quieter. It’s also available as an option on the SE. All roof options can be opened and closed in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
Adults will not appreciate being crammed in the back
Audi’s showpiece colour seven-inch media screen rises from the dash when you turn on the ignition, and you control it using a metal-rimmed dial on the centre console. It operates the radio, browses your media devices and can be used to programme the £495 optional sat-nav. It’s better than the touchscreen fitted to more mainstream cars because it’s easy to operate without having to take your eyes off the road.