Sporty, elegant and open – The new Audi A3 Cabriolet
The interior of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet continues the sporty and elegant lines of the exterior. The slender instrument panel with its curved front conveys an impression of vastness and spaciousness. The center console is angled towards the driver.
The four large round air nozzles are styled in a classic jet design. The driver and passenger can adjust their air flow by pulling on the central axis – this varies the air flow from broadly dispersed and draft-free to a focused stream. The air nozzles are highly sophisticated. Each of them consists of over 30 individual parts that are precisely manufactured and installed to within hundredths of a millimeter.
The three-dimensional inlays are small highlights. The standard inlays are micrometallic silver, but they are also available in several aluminum versions, 3D-design “Black” (S specific) and 3D-design “Optic” (standard in the Ambiente line). Functioning as the core here is a plastic base element that is covered with a transparent film made from polycarbonate. The film is printed with a pattern of tiny triangles five times, which gives it a very intensive effect of visual depth. The front of the strip is oversprayed with liquid polycarbonate – it reinforces the 3D effect and gives it a glass look. Sealing with a UV coating protects against scratches.
The control unit for the optional deluxe automatic air conditioning is mounted on a panel in piano finish black. The instrument cluster fascia is also black. Many of the controls can optionally be ordered in an aluminum look. The optional lighting package (standard in the Ambiente line) adds further highlights to the interior. Small LED lights are located in the reading lights, vanity mirrors, doors, footwell and on the cupholders; surround lighting illuminates the center console. The switch for the reading lights – another innovation from Audi – reacts to just a slight touch.
Excellent support: the front seats
Based on their ergonomic fit and fine adjustment options, the front seats offer ideal body support. The center armrest (standard in the Ambiente line) is adjustable. Seat options include power lumbar supports, power adjustment and sport seats with high side bolsters and pull-out thigh supports (standard in the Ambition line). S sport seats with integrated head restraints and embossed S line logo are available in the Ambition line. Depending on the version, the steering wheel has three or four spokes, a flattened bottom, multifunction buttons and/or shift paddles for the S tronic.
The interior colors of the new A3 Cabriolet are coupled with the specific equipment and trim line. In the Attraction line, the interior is designed in black or titanium gray; the interior of the sporty Ambition line is styled either all in black or in black with additional silver, blue or yellow contrasting elements. The colors pashmina beige and chestnut brown are also in the color line-up of the luxurious Ambiente line. The two-tone Audi design selection lasso brown, which can be ordered for the Ambition line, adds an exclusive touch.
The interior materials provide for further differentiation. As an option, Milano leather is available in black, pashmina beige, titanium gray or chestnut brown, as is a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara in black or titanium gray (for the sport seats). In sport seats with Milano leather, the shoulder area is made from velvet leather; it has a soft, velvety surface, which is reminiscent of suede. A special infrared-reflecting color pigment used on the leather upholstery resists heating by the sun’s rays.
The S line sport package is available for the Audi A3 Cabriolet Ambition; it immerses the interior entirely in black. Upholstery materials range from sporty fabric to elegant Fine Nappa leather. The seat backs of the sport seats (optional S sport seats) are embossed with the S line logo. Silver stitching provides accents, even in the floor mats. The trim inlays are designed in either matt brushed aluminum or 3D-design “Black”. A special sport leather steering wheel – optionally with a flattened bottom – and a gear shift grip with perforated leather complete the sporty look.
A clear layout: the user controls
The new A3 Cabriolet has clearly structured, intuitive ergonomics. Starting with the MMI radio system, the MMI operating system has an electrically extending screen. The MMI control terminal is on the console of the center tunnel; the electromechanical parking brake, which is operated by a button, replaces the hand-brake lever here.
Located between the two large round instruments, which can be read quickly and reliably, is the 3.5-inch display of the driver information system (DIS). Its efficiency program gives tips on economical driving; it also has a rest recommendation feature. The DIS with color display is standard in the Ambition and Ambiente lines; the color display is optional in the Attraction line.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet offers space for four adults; its easy entry feature simplifies access to the rear seats. The trunk has a luggage capacity of 320 liters (11.30 cubic ft), which can be increased to 680 liters (24.01 cubic ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. As options, Audi also offers a ski and snowboard bag and a storage and luggage compartment package.