The Audi A5 Cabriolet is the second generation of the drop-top A5. With turbocharged engines and quattro all-wheel drive, it goes into battle with the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet and the BMW 4 Series Convertible.
The A5 Cabriolet aims to be many things to many buyers, all at once. It’s one part comfortable convertible, one part four-seat GT car and offers just enough practicality so it isn’t too much of a compromise to the buyers trading in larger cars. What’s more, it has to offer the cutting edge technology and flawless build quality Audi’s become known for.
Its overall proportions haven’t changed much compared to the previous model, but subtle nips and tucks here and there have made sure it still looks contemporary. To our eyes, the haunches over the wheels and the broad six-sided grille lend the A5 Cabriolet some extra aggression missing from the last model.
As desirable as the exterior styling is, the interior is even better. All materials used are of great quality, even in places you don’t usually see or touch. Equally, the solidity with which the trim pieces are screwed together would make would make a Brunelian bridge blush – it’ll be many thousands of miles before you get a squeak from any trim pieces.
All engines offered in the A5 are smooth, powerful and refined with the only tangible difference being the severity with which they push you into the seats. If you just want to cruise and don’t need hot-hatch-baiting performance, either of the entry-level engines – either a petrol or diesel both with 190hp – is more than powerful enough to feel relaxed on the move.
On the road, the A5 strikes a really pleasant balance between controls that feel responsive and sporty, but also light enough that driving never becomes a chore. Similarly, the A5 Cabriolet goes down the road with impressive composure and with excellent body control, while also rounding off the edges of the very worst bumps and tuning road patter down to a minimum.
Equipment is plentiful with even entry-level SE-trimmed cars getting 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, climate control, driving modes, an infotainment system with Bluetooth interface, and a range of safety aids including collision avoidance and post-collision brake assist.
With its great interior, comfortable ride, strong engines and convertible roof, the A5 Cabriolet might be the best car in the class
If you’re in the market for a four-seat convertible that offers a sporty-yet-comfortable driving experience, an exquisite interior and an incredibly desirable image, the A5 Cabriolet offers it all in spades. Its driving experience is nearly a match for the BMW 4 Series Convertible yet it offers more comfort, while its cabin feels nicer than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet and features a better infotainment system.
In fact, there’s very little the A5 Cabriolet gets wrong – it’s not cheap and, while the controls are perfectly well tuned, they don’t offer the kind of immediate feedback the sportiest cars in the class do. Apart from that, however, anyone looking for a car like this would be foolish not to at least give it a test drive.
For more information on the Audi A5 Cabriolet, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the coming pages. And, to see what sort of offers are available on the A5 Cabriolet, go through to our deals page.