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AUDI A3/S3 Audi’s four-seater convertibles start at $49,000 for the front-drive A3 1.4 TFSI, with cylin­ders on de­mand tech that seam­lessly shuts down two cylin­ders on light loads to save fuel and claim just 5.1L/100km. It goes well and, for a com­pact con­vert­ible, it’s spa­cious and com­fort­able. The A3 2.0 TFSI Sport is $55,000; with quat­tro all­wheel drive, it’s $58,600. In S3 spec­i­fi­ca­tion, shar­ing the 2.0-litre turbo with its hatch coun­ter­part, it hits 100km/h in just 5.2 sec­onds and av­er­ages 6.8L. BMW 230i The coupe is $61,900 and the con­vert­ible $71,900. You also get rear-drive, so it han­dles like a real sports car. The con­vert­ible is a four-seater with a fold­ing soft-top. The 230i runs the same 2.0litre turbo four as the X1 and with the stan­dard eight­speed au­to­matic the coupe is good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 sec­onds, yet it claims 5.9L. The M Sport pack­age is stan­dard but if you’d just rather swan about en­joy­ing “tax-evader” no­to­ri­ety, Lux­ury Line is a no-cost op­tion.


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