Review

Audi A5 Cabriolet

Price  £32,320 - £46,770

Audi A5 Cabriolet

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Classy image
  • Impressive build quality
  • Good range of engines
Cons
  • Wind noise
  • Vibrations in cabin
  • Not the best to drive

At a glance

The greenest
S line 2.0 TDI 150PS 2dr £37,395
The cheapest
SE 1.8 TFSI 170PS 2dr £32,320
The fastest
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 2dr £46,770
Top of the range
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 2dr £46,770

“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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.3 / 5

The Audi A5 Cabirolet is available with efficient diesel engines

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is easy to drive, but not as much fun as a BMW 4 Series

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet has an optional acoustic roof - an essential purchase

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is more practical than many of its rivals

Reliability & safety

3.7 / 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is well built and safe

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 4 reviews
3 / 5
Push hard in corners and there's plenty of bite from the front tyres, and the company's quattro transmission delivers excellent traction. But this isn’t a car for going fast in. The A5 cabrio is more at home as a boulevard cruiser, where you can enjoy its low-down torque.
14 / 20
Don’t let the lack of a folding metal roof fool you. The Audi A5 Cabriolet does a good, if pricey, job of things with its plush soft top.
3 / 5
Cabriolets don’t come much classier than the Audi A5. Unfortunately the driving experience doesn’t live up to the stunning looks. There's no shortage of grip, but the A5 Cabriolet's steering is too inconsistent and you feel shudders through the wheel. Body flex is also a problem.
4.5 / 5
Audi's A5 Cabriolet replaces the convertible version of the A4, though this is a more upmarket car. Unlike similar convertibles - such as the BMW 3-Series - Audi has stuck with a fabric roof, keeping weight down and saving valuable boot space. It's still very stylish though and excellent hood insulation means it's quiet at speed.
Last updated 
22 Dec 2014

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