Audi A5 Cabriolet convertible (2009-2017) - Practicality & boot space
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is more practical than many of its rivals
Convertibles aren’t usually associated with practicality, but the Audi A5 Cabriolet does at least use a fabric roof rather than a metal hard-top, which immediately makes the boot more usable. You can also open or close the roof at speeds of up to 30mph, which is very handy in the UK given our legendarily changeable weather.
Audi A5 Cabriolet interior space and storage
The interior of the A5 is big and spacious but, as is the case with the standard Audi A5 coupe, passengers riding in the back will find that legroom is fairly limited and headroom isn’t great with the roof up. Audi has packed the interior full of useful storage, including deep door bins, a large glovebox and numerous cup-holders.
The A5 Cabriolet has a cloth roof rather than the hard-tops of rivals such as the Lexus IS C and BMW 4 Series convertible, which makes it far more practical than those cars, as the folded fabric roof doesn’t take up as much space in the boot as a folding hard-top.
You get 380 litres of boot space with the roof down, which is the same as you get in the Mercedes E-Class convertible. That’s easily big enough to hold a set of golf clubs or a couple of large squashy bags, but the boot opening is quite small, so loading bulky items is difficult. Fold down the standard split-folding back seats and the boot space expands to 750 litres – hardly record-setting, but enough to allow some flexibility.
The A5 Cabriolet is capable of towing a maximum braked weight of between 1,500kg and 2,100kg, depending on engine. If you do plenty of towing, one of the diesel models will be your best bet, as their extra pulling power at low revs means they’re better suited to pulling heavy loads and their towing limits are higher than those of the petrol models.