Audi A5 Cabriolet (09 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 13 Jun 2013
4.5
The Audi A5 Cabriolet replaces the convertible version of the A4, though this is a more upmarket car than before. Unlike similar convertibles - such as the BMW 3-Series - Audi has stuck with a fabric roof, keeping weight down and saving valuable boot space.

Audi A5 Cabriolet (09 on)
  • Elegant styling
  • Refined to drive
  • Decent boot space
  • Limited rear space
  • Expensive options

New price range:

£32,320 - £46,110

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Used price range:

£10,882 - £37,620

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet replaces the convertible version of the A4, though this is a more upmarket car than before. 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. Fuel-saving stop-and-start technology, which cuts the engine when idling, makes its debut on the A5 Cabriolet, while there's also high performance S5 and RS5 versions (covered in separate reviews).

Elegant, refined and with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, the A5 Cabriolet is a highly desirable car which looks great with the roof up or down (a process which takes a matter of seconds at the touch of a button).

Engine options

The A5 Cabriolet comes with a choice of 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI petrol engines, the latter available with quattro four-wheel drive. These engines are offered with a choice of six-speed manual or Multitronic CVT automatic gearboxes.

Four diesel units are available, starting with a pair of 2.0 TDIs with either 148 or 177bhp. A 3.0 TDI with a V6 engine and front-wheel drive delivers 204bhp, while the range topping 3.0 TDI quattro has 245bhp, quattro four-wheel drive and a smooth shifting S tronic automatic gearbox.

Equipment levels

Audi offers the A5 Cabriolet in SE and S line trim levels, with prices starting from £32,000. All are well equipped with a host of features as standard, including alloy wheels (17-inch on SE, 18s on S line), leather seats, Bluetooth telephony, multi-media sound system with large colour screen and climate control.

S line versions gain stiffer suspension (and even stiffer S line Sport suspension is available at no extra cost), a subtle bodykit, rear LED lights and xenon headlights. An imaginatively named Special Edition version brings 19-inch alloys, upgraded Band & Olufsen stereo with DAB radio and multiple device inputs, cruise control, heated front seats and head level heating to keep your face warm when the roof is down.

Read on for the full Audi A5 Cabriolet review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Economical to run for a car that turns heads every day.  

5 out of 5

Barry Wright ,   28 Feb 2014    ... read more

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