2003 Audi A4 Cabriolet Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2003 Audi A4 - Road Test Specs

2003 Audi A4 Convertible

(3.0L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2003
Style3.0 Fwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$41,500
As-tested MSRP$47,185


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeInline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)220
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)221
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontmulti-link
Suspension, rearmulti-link
Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP6
Tire size, frontP215/55RR16
Tire size, rearP215/55RR16
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.04@88.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)122.41
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)36.4
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAs with any CVT, the Cabrio's felt a bit weird under maximum acceleration. Off-the-line responsiveness flet somewhat slushy, though this was only because I was flooring it and not getting the rapid forward thrust that comes with traditional automatics (under light hrottle applications the CVT's characteristics aren't nearly as apparent). The engine would rev quickly to 5,200 rpm, then slowly climb to 6,200 rpm and stay there as the car accelerated (with no apparent shifts ocuring). Redline is indicated at 6,500 rpm, but manually "shifting" the Audi made no imporovement in the times. Times were a bit slower than we expected.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe Cabrio's weight makes itself known during maximum braking. There is a fair amount of nose dive and some back-and-forth rocking when it comes to a stop. The pedal felt squishy and sank when ABS was invoked, but here was minimal ABS noise or vibration. The car stopped straight but the distances got slightly longer with each of four runs, indicating brake fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe A4 Cabrio has a solid, if not exactly nimble, demeanor. The body rolls somewhat but doesn't feel tippy and the responsive steering offers excellent feedback, making it easy to place between the cones. This isn't a performance car, but as a comfortable and confident drop-top it does an excellent job.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)75
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 Auto 27
Edmunds observed (mpg)20
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3814
Length (in.)180
Width (in.)70
Height (in.)54.8
Wheelbase (in.)104.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)32.4
Headroom, front (in.)38
Headroom, rear (in.)33.8
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)10


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years / miles
Roadside assistance4 years / miles
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemN/A
NHTSA crash test, driverN
NHTSA crash test, passengerN
NHTSA crash test, side frontN
NHTSA crash test, side rearN
NHTSA rollover resistanceN

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