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Published Date: 11/03/2015

Audi has been honoured twice more for its advanced A3 range in the latest Carbuyer awards.

Audi a3 range picks up two awards from carbuyer

The Audi A3 Cabriolet and its adaptable five-door sibling, the A3 Sportback, have been chosen as Best Small Luxury Car and Best Convertible respectively by the motoring review website, which picks the most popular reviews as its winners.

Stuart Milne, Carbuyer’s Editor, said, “No other drop-top blends so much comfort, performance and style as the A3 Cabriolet. Plus, a clever fabric roof makes it as quiet as the hatchback when you're on the move."

This automatically retracting hoods allows Audi A3 Cabriolet drivers to make the most of the good weather by retracing in only 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 31mph. For Sport and S line versions, an upgraded sound-insulating acoustic hood ensures even greater levels of interior refinement when on the move.

Outlining why the Audi A3 came out on top, Carbuyer cited its ability to ‘demonstrate everything that makes an Audi special’ and commends the fact that is features ‘a wide selection of engines that range from the very frugal to the very fast.’

Both models feature comprehensive equipment lists in entry-level SE form. Highlights include a retractable 5.8-inch screen, the Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth, DAB and preparation for SD card navigation.

All models also benefit from an extensive set of safety systems, including an active bonnet, adaptive brake lights which flash during an emergency stop, an electronic differential lock and a secondary brake collision assistant.

Company car drivers have the option to upgrade to ‘business class’ with the latest SE Technik version of the A3 Sportback, which adds SD card-based satellite navigation, a colour driver’s information system, cruise control and an acoustic rear parking system over and above SE specification.

Sport and S line upgrades are available are available offering even more standard equipment and visual enhancements.

Advanced TFSI and TDI engines to suit number of driver preferences are available for each model, from a 1.2-litre TFSI which can return a diesel-rivalling 57.6mpg combined to the most powerful 2.0-litre TDI Quattro with 181bhp and 380Nm of torque.

The S3 Cabriolet is the fastest, most powerful convertible ever to be produced by Audi, drawing on a 2.0 TFSI engine delivering 295bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds. quattro all-wheel drive is fitted as standard for the ultimate in top-down driving thrills.

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