Steve Sutcliffe takes the new premium soft tops around the South of France to find out which one is
2 May 2008

These two new convertible from BMW and Audi create a new niche in the market for £20k-plus, small, premium soft tops.So, are they any good, and if they are, which one is best? Steve Sutcliffe finds out by taking the BMW 1-series and Audi A3 convertibles to the winding roads of the South of France, before making the ultimate decision in a very unconventional race.Click here to see the cars in action and find out which one wins our comparison test. These two new convertible from BMW and Audi create a new niche in the market for £20k-plus, small, premium soft tops.So, are they any good, and if they are, which one is best? Steve Sutcliffe finds out by taking the BMW 1-series and Audi A3 convertibles to the winding roads of the South of France, before making the ultimate decision in a very unconventional race.Click here to see the cars in action and find out which one wins our comparison test.

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Third-gen Audi A3 gets a mild facelift, more equipment, some new engines and a new hot model - but is it the cream of the premium hatch crop?

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3 May 2008

Interesting. This is the first comparison of these two cars ive read that says the Audi A3 is the better drivers car. Bit concerned that the final decision was made on which car has the faster roof mechanism. A bit too 'Top Gear' for me

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Our Verdict

Audi A3 hero front

Third-gen Audi A3 gets a mild facelift, more equipment, some new engines and a new hot model - but is it the cream of the premium hatch crop?

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