- Elegant styling
- Refined to drive
- Decent boot space
- Limited rear space
- Expensive options
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).
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.
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.