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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 18th 2009
20— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 18, 2009 Stylish A3 lets the top down Beautifully craftedandoozing with style, Audi’sA3Cabriolet has put the fun back into top-down motoring. JamesBresnehanreports ket with all the class and flair one would expect of a prestige car. T It is a typical example of German engineering, with its balanced handling, pun- chy engine, leather seats and whisper-quiet ride — even with the roof down. There are so many things to like about the A3 Cab. Let’s start with the ag- gressive direct-injection, two-litre turbo-charged en- gine. It pumps out an effective 147kW and the turbo en- sures it is delivered swiftly. In fact, sometimes it is difficult to get off the mark without burning some rub- ber — which some buyers will not mind at all. For the technical, engine torque peaks at 280Nm be- tween 1800 to 5000rpm and best power is available be- HE refined and feisty Audi A3 Cab- riolet soft-top hit the Australian mar- tween 5100 to 6000rpm. The A3 Cab comes in a 1.8-litre version that pro- duces 118kW of power be- tween 5000 and 6200rpm. Peak torque of 250Nm kicks in between 1500 and 4200rpm. Interestingly, the 1.8 ver- sion has the same fuel con- sumption numbers as its big sibbling at 7.6L/100km. Audi’s acceleration fig- ures from 0 to 100km/h are: 8.0sec for the 1.8; 7.4s for the 2-litre manual; and 7.3s for the 2-litre S-tronic shift. It is available with a choice of two transmis- sions, including a six-speed manual or the S tronic, which can accelerate the A3 Cabriolet to 100km/h in just 7.3 seconds. The whole point of hav- ing a cabriolet is for its retractable roof, which in the A3 slips away quietly and efficiently. Whenyou need it, the soft top slides back into position GERMAN STYLE: One generic for 2009 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI Attraction. quickly and fixes with a reassuring thump. You can retract or rein- state the roofonthemoveso long as your speed is no greater that 30kp/h. It achieves it in nine seconds—13 seconds better than its BMW Series 1 counterpart. With the top off, there is surprisingly little wind noise, making normal con- versation quite comfort- able. As a small convertible, the car has to pack its ‘‘Z-Fold’’ cloth roof some- where, which reduces the boot space to 260-litres—or roughly half that of a Falcon or Commodore — but it is still a usable space. As you would expect, the Audi comes with a plethora of safety features to which the occupants can remain confidently oblivious. It has eight airbags, roll- over bars, seat belt pre- tensioners for front seat- belts and load-limiters. The mechanics of the car includes ESP, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and an electro- nic differential lock. to get off the mark without burning some rubber ‘ ’ BEAT THE 31 MARCH PRICE RISE. NEW RENAULT KOLEOS FROM $29,990* It is difficult Order now for the best deal on a Koleos. 2.5L petrol engine 6-speed manual ESP + 6 Airbags Auto lights and wipers 17" Alloy wheels Dual zone climate control Cruise control with speed limiter ABS (with Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist) Metallic paint shown available at extra $800 For this great price, hurry to your nearest Renault dealer. For more information visit renault.com.au *RRP for 4x2 petrol Dynamique 6-speed manual plus $975.00 stamp duty, $1,695.00 dealer delivery, $538.00 registration and compulsory third party insurance. REN1501/HM CAPITOL MOTORS 221 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania Tel: 03 6234 7799 Fax: 03 6234 9182.
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