Audi A5 Cabriolet
Price £32,320 - £46,770
- Classy image
- Impressive build quality
- Good range of engines
- Wind noise
- Vibrations in cabin
- Not the best to drive
At a glance
“The Audi A5 Cabriolet is a stylish, classy convertible, but it’s not the best car to drive.”
If what you want from a convertible is a touch of premium class, then take a look at the Audi A5 Cabriolet – it's a stylish car with the roof down and anybody peering inside when you’re stopped at traffic lights will see a smart, upmarket interior.
Though the A5 is justifiably held in high regard for its head-turning presence on the road, it's not a great car to drive – it may look sporty, but in reality it's more of a cruiser than a sharp sports car due to its slightly vague steering and questionable suspension setup.
The car is relatively refined with the top up if you go for the optional ‘acoustic roof’, while it has four useable seats and a decent-sized boot. Plus, when folded away, the A5's fabric roof does take up a lot less boot space than the folding metal roof of the BMW 4 Series Convertible, which boosts the Audi's practicality.
The Audi is also cheaper to buy than the BMW like-for-like, and if you go for a diesel engine – particularly the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI – then running costs are reasonable. The Audi A5 Cabriolet now comes in three trim levels: entry-level SE, mid-range S line and top-of-the-range S line Special Edition Plus. They all offer plenty of equipment.
There's a choice of two petrol and four diesel engines when buying an Audi A5 Cabriolet. Our pick of the line-up would be the 175bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel, as it feels punchy and powerful on the road but won’t bankrupt you in road tax and fuel bills. The ‘basic’ SE specification will give most buyers all the equipment they really want and it means the A5 comes with standard suspension and the smallest alloy wheels available to improve the car's occasionally harsh ride.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is by no means a bad car, but if driver enjoyment is high on your list of priorities, you should certainly consider the BMW 4 Series Convertible as well.
The Audi A5 Cabirolet is available with efficient diesel engines
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is easy to drive, but not as much fun as a BMW 4 Series
The Audi A5 Cabriolet has an optional acoustic roof - an essential purchase
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is more practical than many of its rivals
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is well built and safe