Self Study Program 623 – Audi A3 Cabriolet 2014
VAG SSP 623. Sporty, elegant and multi-faceted – introducing the new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14. This compact four-seater impresses at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top. It is also at the top of its class technically – with systematic lightweight design, new engines, multi-faceted networking and high-performance assistance systems. The Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 completes the A3 family. The new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 has grown compared to the outgoing model – in length, wheelbase and width. Only its height has been reduced – to give the four-seat convertible a more elegant and sporty look on the road.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 has a soft top that is stretched over a lightweight magnesium-steel kinematic mechanism, and it complements the car’s design perfectly. At the press of a button, the top opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds, even while driving up to 50 kph.
The fully automatic soft top has a glass rear window. A fully automatic acoustic top is available as an alternative; it has a thicker inner foam layer which reduces the already low interior noise level of the Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 even more. An active rollover protection system protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. Elegantly drawn lines and clean surfaces also typify the interior design of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14. The optional lighting package includes, for the first time, a touch-sensitive switch for the reading lights.
As in every Audi, workmanship quality is uncompromisingly high, and the car’s controls are simple, intuitive and convenient. It offers enough space for four adults, and the seatbacks of the two rear seats can be folded down to create a wide through-load area. The steering wheel and seats are new designs, and the also new electro-mechanical parking brake is operated by a pushbutton on the centre console.
All engines in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 combine the technologies of direct injection, turbocharging and a start-stop-system. On average, the three engines offered at market launch have twelve percent better fuel economy than the engines in the outgoing model – and they do so while improving driving performance. The chassis of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet ’14 impresses with sophisticated technology that delivers sporty handling, superior vehicle safety and a high level of comfort. Some of the components of the MacPherson front suspension are made of aluminum; the four-link rear suspension handles longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The power steering system features an efficient electromechanical drive.
The ESC stability control system integrates an electronic limited slip differential – this makes handling even smoother and safer at the vehicle’s cornering limits while driving fast through curves. The brakes are powerful and durable.
- In brief
- Body structure/materials
- Body structure/reinforcements
- Convertible top
- Variable convertible top well
- Convertible top box lid/service position
- Convertible top frame
- Hydraulic unit
- Convertible top control system
- Installation locations of the convertible top control unit
- Convertible top operation
- Components of the convertible top control unit
- Emergency operation
- Data bus overview
- Occupant safety
- System overview
- Side airbag
- Electrical wiring loom for side airbag
- Rear side airbag crash sensor, driver side G256
- Rollover protection
- Cassettes with anti-roll bars
- Rollover protection trigger, driver side N646 and rollover protection trigger, passenger side N647
- Deployed rollover protection system N647
- Resetting a deployed anti-roll bar
- Engine/gearbox combinations
- Petrol engines
- Diesel engines
- Overall concept
- Electrical system
- Installation locations of control units
- Air conditioning
- Sound system
- Aerial system
- Overview of versions
- Inspection and maintenance
- Self Study Programmes
The Self Study Programme teaches a basic knowledge of the design and mode of operation of new models, new automotive components or new technologies.
It is not a Repair Manual! Figures are given for explanatory purposes only and refer to the data valid at the time of preparation of the SSP. This content is not updated.
For further information on maintenance and repair work, always refer to the current technical literature.