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Audi A3 more fun without the top (pictures)

The Audi A3 Cabriolet requires a few compromises compared to its hard-top sibling, but take the top down on a sunny day and all cares will be forgotten.

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Audi's compact A3 can be had as a sedan, sportback or this Cabriolet model.

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Optional LED headlights use low energy and cast bright light.

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The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 170 horsepower.

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The convertible soft top goes down in 20 seconds.

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Sound-deadening material in the soft top helps with road noise.

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The A3 Cabriolet can be had with Quattro all-wheel-drive, but this example has only the front wheels driven.

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At 7.2 cubic feet, the trunk space is limited.

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Even in top Prestige trim, the front seats are not power adjustable.

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Access to the rear seats is easy with the top down.

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LEDs on the side mirror casing alert you to cars in the next lane over.

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The navigation system, with its pop-up LCD, is optional.

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Audi uses analog gauges in the instrument cluster.

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The shifter controls a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the cabin tech control dial includes an embedded touch surface.

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Audi uses an elliptical format for menus.

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Destination options include online search with the car's 4G connection.

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Google Earth integration brings satellite imagery to navigation.

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The stored maps for the navigation system also look good.

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Online destination search gives options concerning where to look.

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Audi powers a number of services, including weather and traffic, from the A3's data connection.

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The parking service shows which garages have available spaces.

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The hands-free phone interface will get more use in the A3 Cabriolet than in other models due to the lack of voice command.

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Audio sources include Bluetooth streaming, HD radio, satellite radio and iOS integration, although the latter works only through the car's proprietary music interface.

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With the 13 speakers, 625 watts and excellent engineering, the Bang and Olufsen audio system delivers fine sound quality for discerning listeners.

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The back-up camera includes trajectory lines showing the path of the car based on how the wheels are turned.

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