2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Mini Convertible
Looks like: Audi kept the A3's bold shape even after chopping off its roof
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with front-wheel drive and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive; six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Variants of Audi's upcoming A3 are running rampant — three body styles by our current count — well before the sedan's launch in early 2014. That number includes the all-new droptop A3 Cabriolet debuting at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show; the e-tron plug-in hybrid will be a hatchback, which is scheduled for 2015.

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The A3 Cabriolet wears a soft-top with power up and down operation. Audi says the top opens or closes via the electrohydraulic mechanism in less than 18 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The top folds into three layers and rests in a tray when retracted. Cargo space is 10.1 cubic feet when the top is down, which is more than the Volkswagen Eos and Mini Convertible.

Without a hardtop, Audi shields occupants in rollover collisions with active rollover protection. Two plates spring upward from the body when a rollover is detected. Perhaps most intriguing is the A3's availability of all-wheel drive with the convertible platform. All-wheel-drive convertibles are rare and a combination our readers have asked about in the past.

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Comments 

carma

These photos make it painfully obvious just how little car you get for your $40K. The eos at least has a folding hardtop. Hard to understand why anyone would choose this over eos.

Chuck

Maybe because the Eos is known for water leaks, maybe because folding metal tops at this price point are generally problematic, no - wait, it's because the Eos is a Volkswagen and this is an Audi!!!

carma

I wasn't aware of the water leak issue on the Eos. I assumed that a folding hardtop is a higher quality top than a cloth top and am disappointed VW would offer a defective vehicle at the high price charged for the EOS. I honestly think VW and audi are pretty much the same car. The A3 hatchback looks just like a Golf to me and I think they ride on the same platform and share most parts, correct?

Andrrr

Had an EOS for 6 years, no leaks.

Chuck

They don't all leak, especially later models, but the early years were notorious for roof leaks.

David

I've had both Vw eos and A5 convertible. Hard top didn't leak but road and wind noise was bad. A5 soft top quiet as a whisper

Frances

I own the Eos and this new Audi is not as nice looking. The lack of hardtop is a real deal breaker. Why not include the newest technology? I like Audi but I'm not impressed with this car.

Axel

too expensive to be the entry level of Audi..!!
the Mercedes-Benz CLA is at the same prices and shows more than this A3... and at this price, so close to the current A4, there is no sense to do not jump up to the next level, the A4.... I believe that at this price the A3 sedan will be another failure of the A3 lineup in USA... bring the price down!!

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