Smart four-seater soft-top shines – roof up or down
- Practical roof design
- Well-insulated cabin
- Impressive infotainment
- Good range of powertrains
- Rear passengers lack legroom
- Expensive list price and options
The 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet is the manifestation of a quarter of a century of experience building four-seat soft-top cars.
What’s it like?
Starting back in 1992 with the first Audi Cabriolet, the company has reached a stage now where the compromises traditionally experienced with removing the metal roof from a car – poorer handling, noisier roof-up refinement and significantly reduced practicality – have been all but eradicated.
A natural rival to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and BMW 4 Series Convertible along with slightly more left-field options such as the Ford Mustang Convertible and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the A5 is an incredibly accomplished package.
With the roof up it’ll genuinely seat four in relative comfort, though it might be a squeeze for the longer-legged in the back, and there’s a usefully sized luggage compartment behind the folding rear seats to slot in a couple of suitcases.
How does the A5 Cabriolet’s roof work?
The soft-top operates relatively quickly via a one-touch button and can work at speeds up to 31mph, which makes this one of the more practical convertibles around. Find out more about its operation, and how the boot has been designed to accommodate it, in the Practicality section of this review.
Our testers have been impressed with the roof-up refinement in the A5 too – it’s extremely quiet in there even at 70mph.
What’s under the bonnet?
A range of very capable engines coupled to a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes of varying types, as fully detailed in our Performance section.
We were particularly impressed with the 2.0-litre diesel option, which offers extremely low tax and fuel bills yet is incredibly quiet in operation (largely thanks to the well-insulated cabin) and provides more than enough punch.
Is there a performance option?
Sort of – the Audi S5 Cabriolet is on hand to provide a more thrilling experience, resplendent with its 3.0-litre V6 boasting 354hp and sportier styling to boot.
We’re also expecting a far more hardcore RS5 Cabriolet to join the ranks at some point, but we’ll have to wait a while until news of that model surfaces.