2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quattro revealed

Adding Audi’s legendary Quattro system to a fabric-roofed medium-sized car isn’t really necessary, but then adding four-wheel-drive to most medium sized cars isn’t necessary unless the country you drive in is made up of dirt roads. In the UK there’s really no call for an Audi A3 Quattro but it will sell incredibly well when it’s released in April 2014, if only because it's a Quattro.

The Quattro brand has a lot of mystique. It conjures up images of mudslinging world rally cars power sliding through narrow dirt lanes, but the worst conditions this one will see in the UK is a spot of rain. We’re looking at a car that isn’t designed to go off road but one that’s designed to compete with the BMW 1-Series Convertible and the VW Golf Cabriolet and we think the Quattro brand will help push the new car above its rivals.

The A3 Cabriolet will be available with a choice of three engines: a 1.4 litre petrol that develops 138bhp, a 1.8 litre petrol that has 178bhp, and a diesel 2.0 litre motor with 148bhp. There will be more engine choices down the road including a 103bhp 1.6 diesel that will probably prove extremely popular and a 2.0 litre TDI that will offer a range topping 181bhp.

Although those figures suggest performance, you’re probably thinking that cutting off the roof of a car always slows it down as the manufacturer adds bulk to the chassis to stiffen it up. Unfortunately that’s the case with the A3 convertible but you won’t notice it because Audi has been careful to make sure that body movement is limited when cornering.

The fabric roof’s not the fastest roof to operate as it takes 18 seconds to do its bit but it can be used at speed up to 31mph which is pretty handy when a sudden shower arrives in the middle of summer. Audi are offering the A3 convertible from £25,790. We think you’ll be better off going for one of the base two-wheel drive models rather than opening your wallet wider for the Quattro version, but the choice is yours.

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