I have put together a quick summary of the A4 Cabriolet as well as two of its most typical competitors.

Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Cabriolet as tested price, $71,630 CAD

  • DOHC 3.0 Liter V6
  • 220 HP, 221 lb/ft Torque
  • 0-100KM/H 8.4 secs.

    Pro's

  • quattro System for year round driving confidence.
  • Uniqueness, less A4 Cabs circulating then that of BMW and Mercedes-Benz
  • 4-year or 80,000KM scheduled Maintenance program included.

    Con's

  • Not inexpensive.
  • Suspension needs some re-work (seesawing effect)
  • Tiptronic transmission shifting hesitation.
  • Poor resale value relative to BMW and Mercedes-Benz
  • Acceptable handling and performance.

    BMW 330ci Cabriolet as tested price, $70,335 CAD

  • DOHC Inline 6-cylinder
  • 225HP, 214 lb/ft Torque.
  • 0-100KM/H 7.9 secs.

    Pro's

  • Great all around handling and performance.
  • More sporting intentions.
  • Above average resale value.
  • No-charge scheduled 3-years or 60,000KM Maintenance program.
  • Less expensive for a comparably equipped Audi.

    Con's

  • Be part of the herd, 3-series Cabs are very popular, no individuality unless you special order "Individual Series" which is primarily interior/exterior customer colour combinations.
  • No AWD option offered.
  • Cupholder design needs improvement
  • Bit of a C-Pillar blind spot, rear window could be bigger.
  • Optional 6-CD trunk mounted stacker and windscreen. For the price, these options should be included.

    Mercedes-Benz CLK320 Cabriolet similarly configured price, $ 80,635 CAD

  • SOHC 3.2 liter V6
  • 215HP@ 5700rpm, 229 lb/ft Torque @ 3000rpm
  • 0-100 KM/H 8.2 secs.

    Pro's

  • Classic M-B quality
  • Above average resale value.
  • Sleek new styling, interior and exterior.

    Con's

  • Substantially pricier relative than Audi and BMW.
  • Uninspired, dampened road feel.
  • Tight rear quarters.
  • No AWD option offered.
  • No standard maintenance program included.

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