Like its hatchback siblings, the Cabrio’s suspension comes in a range of flavours. The SE model’s is the softest, and therefore, the best. The ride is comfortable enough to suit pretty much any buyer, yet the car still feels very sharp in the corners, with excellent suppression of body roll, lots of grip and steering that’s weighty and direct. Sport models have the same suspension as the SE, but you also get Audi Drive Select, which changes the behaviour of things like the steering and throttle according to which driving mode you select. S line models come with a lower suspension than the others, which makes the ride much harsher and should be avoided. Sensible S line buyers will deselect this suspension in favour of the softer setup, which is available as a no-cost option. Those with no sense will specify the optional S line suspension, which is even lower and gives an even more punishing ride.
The other option is Magnetic Ride, which uses adaptive dampers to let you tailor the behaviour of the suspension depending on the driving mode selected. It works, and it works well, but it’s a needless expense if you choose your passive suspension wisely. Magnetic Ride is standard on the S3, and while it doesn't give quite the level of sharpness you'd expect of an S-badged car, it’s very sure-footed and it never has a problem putting its prodigious power down. The loss of the roof means you feel more flex through the bodywork than you do in the A3 Hatchback, but it doesn’t wobble as much as many other convertibles.