2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet launched in Australia from $47,300

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet front quarter rolling

Audi has launched the A3 Cabriolet in Australia, priced from $47,300 excluding on-roads for the entry-level 1.4 TFSI COD Attraction model. The new range also includes a quattro all-wheel drive model for the first time.

Read ForceGT‘s A3 Cabriolet Review here.

Boasting an electrically folding soft top that retracts in just 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h, the new A3 Cabriolet is based on the A3 sedan, thus giving it a coupé-like styling. The new model is longer, lower and wider than its hatch-based predecessor.

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet side rolling

“The new A3 Cabriolet’s striking design makes it a ground-breaking car for Audi in this segment,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

“This type of car is an emotional purchase. With its coupe-like silhouette, the new A3 Cabriolet offers customers an entirely new design experience and we expect that it will attract new buyers to the Audi brand, as well as existing customers who are drawn to the new styling.”

“The great news for customers is that we have been able to position the new model extremely well. It’ll offer better value than its nearest competitors, and ahead of launch, we’ve secured 500 orders,” Mr Doyle added.

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet rear

The A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI Attraction with advanced Cylinder on Demand fuel-saving technology is the entry-level model in the range, with an MLP of $47,300. It boasts a 1.4 turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 103kW/250Nm, yet sips a miserly 4.9 litres per 100km.

Alongside the ‘Attraction’ entry model are the three ‘Ambition’ models. The 2.0 TDI comes with 110kW/320Nm, and is said to offer outstanding fuel economy for buyers most concerned with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.

The 1.8 TFSI engine is also offered with quattro all-wheel drive – the first time that the A3 Cabriolet has been offered with quattro.

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet interior

A S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard on all models.

In the A3 Cabriolet, a new active rollover protection system protects occupants in the event of a rollover.

Like its A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan siblings, the new A3 Cabriolet features a generous list of standard equipment. Highlights include:

Attraction trim level (1.4 TFSI)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels in 10-spoke ‘dynamic’ design
  • Audi parking system: front and rear
  • Leather upholstery
  • Aluminium-look interior styling
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with digital display and rear-seat vents
  • Audi Music Interface
  • Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
  • MMI radio system – electrically retractable, slimline 5.8-inch colour display monitor with 8 passive speakers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver information system
  • Dynamic suspension
  • Exterior electric mirrors
  • Light and rain sensor
  • Multi-function leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel with paddle-shift
  • Fully automatic roof

Ambition trim level (1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI)
Additional standard equipment on top of Attraction trim level:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels in 5-spoke ‘star’ design
  • Front leather upholstered sports seats with height, depth and seat rake adjustment
  • Inlays in aluminium mistral with aluminium sill trims
  • Front fog lights
  • Full colour driver information system
  • Audi Drive Select
  • Multi-function leather-wrapped three-spoke sports steering wheel
    with paddle-shift

Pricing (Manufacturer List Pricing (MLP) – excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges)

Attraction specification level
A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI COD S tronic103kW250Nm$47,300
Ambition specification level
A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI S tronic132kW250Nm$51,900
A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI S tronic110kW320Nm$51,900
A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI quattro S tronic132kW280Nm$54,900

Options:

Style package – $2,000

  • Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Choice of 18-inch alloy wheel in 10-spoke design, 5-arm structured design, 5-arm rotor design or 10-spoke design in titanium look.
  • Sports suspension with a lowered ride height of 15mm

Technik package – $2,650

  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, including 7.0-inch colour display monitor
  • Audi parking assist with rear view camera
  • Audi sound system

Comfort package– $1,990

  • Electric lumbar support for the front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Convenience key
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Exterior mirrors electric fold, heated with kerb view

Assistance package – $1,800

  • Adaptive cruise control including pre-sense front
  • Lane departure warning
  • High beam assist

S line sports package – $4,200

  • S line exterior package
  • S line sports package
  • 18-inch alloy wheels (optional 19-inch alloy wheel package price is $5,200)
  • Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights

 

 

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