The 2.0-litre adds 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, rear parking sensors, front fog lights, sports steering wheel and seats, leather trim and upgraded sound with six-disc CD.
But the devil is in the options list. Metallic paint is $1300, a three-layer fully automatic roof also $1300, Xenon headlights $1900 and adaptive corning technology $800.
Lumbar adjustment for the front seats is $600 and heating $750.
A Bose sound system adds another $1350, mobile phone Bluetooth preparation $950 and navigation from $4400.
There is more if you start off with the entry-level car.
What the A3 cabriolet does offer, whether it’s with the standard roof or the fully automatic, is reasonable boot space that can be expanded to impressive by folding the rear seats.
The compact fold of the roof means boot space does not alter whether the roof is deployed or stored away.
The launch drive of several hundred kilometres through far north Queensland highlighted several things about the A3 cabriolet, none of which were unexpected.
The 2.0-litre with its sports suspension and 17-inch wheels was a less fussy drive than the smaller sibling.
It rode well over some compromised surfaces and the engine — well proven in VW guise— could rarely be faulted.
The coupling with the S tronic gearbox is a treat and after some early fascination there is little need to play around with the wheel-mounted shift paddles. The box’s Sports mode will happily take care of most enthusiastic demands.
The 1.8-litre— and the suspicion is that it was down to the more compliant suspension and smaller wheels— was less settled, with more vibration back through the steering wheel.
Road noise with the roof down was again a slightly better proposition in the top-end car, with less tyre roar in particular.
All the test vehicles were fitted with the more heavily sound-insulated, three-layer option roof and though that was very effective when deployed, judgment on the standard roof is going to have to wait.
No matter how fervently the company may wish it, the rear seats in 2x2 convertibles are always going to be best suited to kids or the vertically challenged.
In the case of the A3, the area is more comfortable with the roof off.
But the real issue is knee room, particularly behind a driver of even average height.