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catnip for drivers who crave the finer things
a fun-to-drive convertible that doesn't skimp on luxury
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet occupies a unique niche in the world of convertibles: It's a four-seater, for one, and it sports a canvas top in a day and age where folding hardtops are becoming the price of entry in its class.
The A4 Cabriolet starts life as an Audi A4, but it doesn't share a single exterior body panel with the sedan or wagon. It gets cut and folded into its new shape, but could use a little more distinct styling--closer to Audi's dartlike TT coupe and convertible. There's nothing startling about the Audi A4 Cabriolet's looks, but elements like the chrome surround on the windshield give it elegance without ostentation.
From the outside, Cars.com takes note of the "new single-frame grille" that has been redesigned for the 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet. Automobile takes note of its “controversial, massive grille. It's hard to miss that chrome snout barreling toward you.” Still, Kelley Blue Book feels "enthusiasts may long for a bolder statement from the exterior." With the top down, the Audi 2008 A4 Cabriolet "looks sleek and clean," says Kelley Blue Book, going on to add that "headlamps and taillights look modern and elegant while bold fender flares add a sporty feel." Kelley Blue book also loves how the 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet "cleverly incorporates design cues from the exterior," citing the "shape of the trapezoidal grille duplicated in the airbag cover on the steering wheel" as one example. Car and Driver simply calls it “elegant” and Automedia labels it “sublime.”
It's inside where the A4 Cabriolet excels. The upper dash wears circular, aluminum-trimmed vents. The genuine wood veneer accents are almost astonishingly lush, the leather covering the seats must come from volunteer cows, and the shifter sits in a gate on the center console that looks like it was forged for NASA. This is a $41,000 car with a $70,000 car's interior.
Edmunds says "the cherry on top of any Audi vehicle is usually its cabin, and the [2008 Audi] A4 maintains this standard”; it calls the Audi A4 Cabriolet design "above reproach." ConsumerGuide likes that the "gauges are clear and well-lit," but finds some "controls are awkwardly low on the dashboard." Automobile reports the cabin is “so form-fitting it looks as if it were blown in,” and Car and Driver calls it “well-finished.”
The 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet sports conservatively handsome lines, inside and out.