So the A3 cabriolet drives acceptably well, it's slightly bigger (but also slightly lower) and slightly lighter than before, and comes with the appealing option of a clever, cleaner version of petrol engine. It also gets a slightly bigger boot - 320 litres with the roof closed compared with 260 litres in the old A3 cabriolet - and, according to Audi, 'generous space' for four passengers.
That we'd take some issue with. While the front cabin is spacious enough (although the driver's elbow can fight for space with the passenger's arm during manual gearchanges), the two rear seats really aren't the most accommodating. Anything bigger than a medium to large-sized child will want for shoulder and legroom on anything but short journeys, even with the distraction of a top-down, wind-in-their-hair experience.
There are four trims to choose from - SE, Sport, S line and S3. Entry-level models get a wealth of standard equipment, including 16in alloys, xenon headlights, heated wing mirrors, cruise control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers. Inside there is air conditioning, manually adjustable front seats and Audi's MMI infotainment system complete with a 7.0in retractable screen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Upgrade to Sport and you'll find 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front sports seats, sat nav and aluminium interior detailings added to the package, while S line models gain a sports suspension, a sporty bodykit, LED headlights, and additional storage space and cubby holes.
Those pining for a fast convertible can choose the 305bhp S3, which gets its own trim which incorporates the S line model's specification and adds 19in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, an Audi Sport breathed on suspension, heated front seats, a Nappa leather upholstery and an aggressive body kit.
Overall, the A3 cabriolet fills its brief pretty well. It's a stylish product which is exceptionally well executed both inside and out. The inevitable dynamic compromises made in the name of roofless motoring, allied to artificial steering free of much in the way of meaningful feedback, blunt the model's appeal to the enthusiast driver, but otherwise this compact convertible is a measured success.