Best convertible Audis for sale

Looking for a posh open-top car to enjoy with the roof down? Here are the best convertible Audis for sale now on BuyaCar

Sam Naylor
Aug 31, 2021

Huge sales success in recent decades means that Audi now produces an enormous range of different cars, and as a result, there are quite a few drop-top models in its range. Consequently, it can be hard to work out which is the one for you, so we’ve rounded up the best convertible Audis for sale on BuyaCar.

We’ll take a closer look at each model below, covering everything from comfort-focused affordable models to upmarket cruisers and high-performance two-seaters. If you have your mind set on an Audi soft-top, it's easy to find the right one for you using the BuyaCar search tool and filter functions: simply select Audi from the list of brands, then scroll down and select convertible from the list of body styles.

Once you've done that you’ll be able to see all the convertible Audis for sale, and from there you can narrow it down by price, year, mileage or - if you know exactly what you want - by the specific model you’re after.

Here we’ll help you to decide which one is right for you - but before that, it's worth considering a handful of things about your situation. The most important one is your budget, as this will give you an idea of what you can afford.

Then you should think about whether you’ll be carrying passengers in the rear seats, or even if you need rear seats at all. Then consider how much space is in your garage or on your driveway, as you wouldn’t want to get a car that’s too big to fit. Read on to find out more about all the best Audi convertibles for sale.

Convertible Audis for sale

1. Audi A3 Cabriolet

Used deals from £11,999
Monthly finance from £261*

The Audi A3 Cabriolet is one of the most affordable convertibles here, which means it scores well for value for money. It’s a smart-looking drop-top with two doors and four seats, and while the boot isn’t nearly as big as in the A3 hatch, it’s still a very useful size for a convertible.

The roof folds down in about 18 seconds, and you can do this while driving - at up to 30mph - which means that if you get caught in a shower during the British summer, it’s easy to stay dry, by putting the roof back up without having to pull over.

When the roof is down, there’s not too much buffeting from the wind, and when it’s up it’s nice and quiet in the cabin. This means it’s easy to consider the A3 Cabriolet as an everyday car for 12 months of the year.

There are lots of great engines to choose from, including petrol and diesel options, though we’d stick to petrol, since these are quieter and suit a car where you're likely to have the roof down a lot of the time. The 1.5-litre model is our pick of the range, because it’s really smooth and quiet, while also being pretty economical.

The A3 Cabriolet isn’t the sharpest to drive of the cars on this list, though. It offers decent enough performance, but the light controls and slightly firm suspension mean it’s not the most enjoyable model to drive on a country road.

AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi S3 Cabriolet

Used deals from £20,990
Monthly finance from £398*

If you love the way the A3 Cabriolet looks but want more performance and a more engaging driving experience, the S3 Cabriolet is a good option. This model has all the same perks as the A3, including the excellent roof mechanism, practical boot and four seats inside.

However, it uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with a substantial 300hp power output, which means it’s very quick in a straight line. It’s automatic-only but the gearbox is really quick to shift but also easy to live with every day, so it suits the car well. The S3 is closely related to the Volkswagen Golf R in terms of mechanical parts, but with roof-off thrills adding to the experience.

The S3 Cabriolet uses four-wheel drive, which means it’s good in winter conditions - offering increased grip on slippery surfaces - but the main benefit is that it’s really fast when pulling away, with very little, if any, wheelspin. The 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds shows how fast it is - this is close to brand new Porsche territory.

Like the A3 Cabriolet, the S3 has a high-quality and very well-made interior that means it’s a very pleasant car to sit in. It’s not the most comfortable over bumps, but the seats are comfy and there’s loads of modern technology like cruise control, heated seats and air-conditioning to keep you relaxed inside.

AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi A5 Cabriolet

Used deals from £14,699
Monthly finance from £292*

If the Audi A3 Cabriolet is a little too small for you, or if you want a bit more luxury, then there’s always the option of an A5 Cabriolet instead. It looks similar in pictures, but it’s a notably larger car and although there are still only four seats, the rear seats are genuinely usable instead of being reserved for occasional short trips.

The roof is similar to the A3’s as well, and can automatically lower in just over 20 seconds. You get heated seats as standard in the A5 Cabriolet, which is an excellent thing to have on sunny but cold winter days. In fact, those kinds of days are fantastic in a convertible like the A5.

There’s a 380-litre boot, which is a really impressive size for a convertible and you can fit several suitcases in there, which you can’t in most drop-top models. The interior is a special place to be, with excellent quality materials, a neat design and lots of technology. It’s quiet and relaxing to drive as well, although with the roof down it can get a bit breezy in the cabin at high speed.

The engine range is excellent, starting from 2.0-litre petrols and one diesel, which are quite economical, and going up to the 3.0-litre engine in the high-performance S5 model. The S5 does offer a hefty dose of additional power, but otherwise feels pretty similar to the regular A5.

AUDI A5 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Audi TT Roadster

Used deals from £19,390
Monthly finance from £302*

The Audi TT is well-known as a small coupe but the Roadster model is definitely well worth considering if you want an Audi convertible. It’s a two-seater only, but it’s more of a sports car than the other models above, so having this tighter cabin just makes it more fun to drive - and, we think, better-looking as well.

The TT Roadster’s roof folds down in just 10 seconds at up to 30mph, which is really useful, and there’s a decent 280-litre boot. It’s a comfortable, quiet and easy-to-drive sports car, so we’d have no qualms with driving one every day - as long as you can live without rear seats.

The engine range is excellent, as you can pick from a selection of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The petrols are best for all-round use and the 230hp model is quite fast, but if you do a lot of motorway trips and don’t mind a slightly more gruff soundtrack then the diesel ‘Ultra’ model might be a good pick.

The TT Roadster is good to drive and quite comfortable, but one of its best aspects is actually the interior. It has the best interior of any small two-seater cabriolet on sale, with an elegant design, fantastic materials and strong build quality. It’s a very pleasant place to spend time, plus you have the option of putting the roof down for some fun in the sun.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Audi TT RS Roadster

Used deals from £42,999
Monthly finance from £629*

If the TT Roadster appeals but you want something a bit more exciting than an ordinary four-cylinder engine that is found in many less exciting Audis, then the TT RS is a great choice. It features all the same great parts from the normal model, including the superb interior and fabric roof, but brings incredible performance and sporty handling as well.

The TT RS is powered by a five-cylinder engine, which is a really unusual type of engine and makes a distinctive warbling sound. It’s an amazing engine, though - it sounds like a supercar and goes like one too, with 400hp available from the turbocharged motor.

It comes with an automatic gearbox that shifts quickly in its manual driving mode, plus four-wheel drive so there’s loads of traction when accelerating and grip when going around corners. The TT RS isn’t quite as fun around bends as the lighter Porsche Boxster, but it’s still great to drive and car enthusiasts should love it.

The RS model goes from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, which means it actually rivals the R8 supercar (below) for performance, yet it costs about a third of the price of the R8 Spyder. The TT RS isn’t a cheap car, but when you look at it like that, it actually seems like good value.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Audi R8 Spyder

Used deals Limited stock

The Audi R8 Spyder is your choice if money is no object. It’s a proper supercar with a convertible roof, and if you want the most exciting, fastest and best-handling convertible Audi there is, the R8 is it.

Performance is sensational thanks to the 5.2-litre V10 engine that’s placed behind the cabin, just in front of the rear wheels. This means there’s hardly any luggage space, but do you really care in a car like this? The two-seater cabin is snug but comfortable and buffeting from the wind isn’t too bad most of the time.

The V10 engine loves to be worked hard and sounds like nothing else - it’s one of the most thrilling engines ever put into a car and produces a distinctive offbeat thrum. It has a hefty 540hp power output and goes from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, and if that's not enough for you, there's a 620hp four-wheel-drive version that manages that sprint in an incredibly rapid 3.2 seconds. They both have a top speed of around 200mph, though we wouldn’t like to try this with the roof down.

The R8 Spyder is sublime to drive, has a luxurious interior and all the performance you could ever want. It’s packed with all the modern tech you could need, too, and looks stunning. The thing is, you should expect all that given the price; about three times more than the TT RS listed above.

AUDI R8 BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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