What is it?
This is the Audi A3 1.9 TDI cabriolet, the most frugal way to enjoy the open air in an Audi. The A3 1.9 TDI is the entry point into the A3 cabrio range and will return an average of 55.4mpg.
Top-down motoring can be achieved in just nine seconds, and there’s enough room for four adults too.
What’s it like?
As the cheapest diesel A3 cabriolet in the range, the A3 1.9 TDI compares favourably to pricier models, until you realise the low price is at the expense of a decent powerplant.
The direct-injection engine feels and sounds unrefined compared to its common-rail brethren, and the clattery diesel thrum is intrusive whether the fabric roof is up or down.
The 145kg of additional weight over the 1.9-litre TDI A3 hatch is also a bit of a strain for the 103bhp motor – it feels substantially underpowered. Once in its stride, the A3 does glide elegantly over the road, though. The ride is softly sprung and comfortable, without comprising the steering and body control.