Audi is no stranger to the subcompact convertible scene – witness the Audi TT roadster – but American fans of the German brand looking for a small, open air ride more spacious than the two-seat TT but not quite as large as the current A4 drop-top have largely been underserved, or have defected to BMW and its 1 (now 2) Series model. That’s all about to change thanks to the introduction of the 2015 Audi A3 cabriolet.
You see, it’s not that Audi wasn’t capable of putting together a luxurious convertible with a small footprint. It’s more that the company wasn’t sure that U.S. buyers truly wanted it. The Audi A3 cabriolet is receiving its cross-Atlantic coming-out party after years of satisfying European sun-lovers, and we have the shifting tastes of premium shoppers (plus the turning of the screws by BMW) to thank. I had the opportunity to travel to Monaco in order to sample the A3 cabriolet, and I am pleased to report that the car hits all the notes needed to please Audi’s core audience.