Review: Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009 – 2017)
Good looking convertible that effectively replaced the popular A4 Cabriolet. High quality and stylish cabin.
Number of faults and problems with early production. 2.0 TSI can have high oil consumption. Significant problem of leaking roofs swamping electrics, including ECUs.
Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009 – 2017): At A Glance
In 2009 Audi extended its A5 range to include a Cabriolet and a 5-door Sportback.
Audi's reputation for for seater convertibles developed from its 80-based Cabriolet kept in production long after the car on which it was based had been replaced. An enduringly handsome European car, it was favoured by the Princess of Wales, and liked for its quality build and style.
Chopping the roof off made it a bit of a jelly to drive, but that hardly got in the way of sales.
Things changed when the A4 cabrio was launched in 2002. Audi did a thorough job in making it bodily solid and introduced the innovation of diesel versions, something which now hardly raises an eyebrow.
That process has continued with open versions of its handsome A5 coupe, which are now reaching UK showrooms, and in engineering terms are hardly poor relations, being as up to date as anything Audi produces.
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What's the Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009 – 2017) like to drive?
The open body is commendably stiff, with only really poor surfaces inducing mild shake, and the cars ride comfortably and pliantly on some plusher versions the suspension is adjustable.
All the controls are light. This is something that applies to the steering which is accurate, precise but not especially engaging. Likewise the handling, although smaller engined, two wheel drive versions felt slightly lighter on their feet. Either way, the A5 cabriolet has been engineered for relaxed touring, rather than mad screeching about.
There will be a variety of drive trains (two and quattro four-wheel-drive), with a mix of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel variants.
We were given two-litre petrols and 3.0 litre, six-cylinder diesels, and tried the first in two-wheel-drive, six-speed manual guise (theres also a CVT automatic) and the diesel with all-wheel-drive and a two pedal, 7-speed twin-clutch transmission. This was very smooth but sometimes needed time to make its mind up.
The little petrol engine is more than up to the task of propelling this heavy vehicle. It never feels strained, is responsive to the throttle and doesnt become course, even when revved hard, and is well suited to the car.
The diesel has the easy torque, or pulling power, youd expect. It feels a bit like hauling a mixing spoon out of a bowl of treacle, and the car accelerates like a small locomotive. Its said to reach 62 in 6.4 seconds and run out of puff at 153mph, in the process chucking out 179g of CO2 and consuming on average a gallon of diesel very 33 miles.
|1.8 TFSI||38–46 mpg||8.7–9.9 s||143–172 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177||42–48 mpg||8.7–8.8 s||127–154 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177 multitronic||42–47 mpg||8.3–8.9 s||132–154 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI multitronic||38–46 mpg||8.9–9.5 s||143–174 g/km|
|2.0 TDI||51–58 mpg||8.8–9.3 s||127–144 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 143||59 mpg||10.2 s||124–126 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||57–60 mpg||10.2 s||124 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177||58 mpg||8.8 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 multitronic||57 mpg||8.3 s||132 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190||53–59 mpg||8.2 s||125 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 multitronic||54–60 mpg||8.3 s||124 g/km|
|2.0 TDI multitronic||57 mpg||8.3 s||132 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro||52 mpg||8.5 s||142 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||42–43 mpg||7.5 s||148–159 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225||41–45 mpg||7.4 s||148 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 multitronic||43–46 mpg||7.6 s||145 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S tronic||41 mpg||7.2 s||164 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230||41–43 mpg||-||152–157 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 multitronic||43 mpg||-||153 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro multitronic||42 mpg||-||156 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro S tronic||39 mpg||-||167 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic||38–44 mpg||7.6–7.9 s||145–174 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||37–39 mpg||7.2–7.3 s||159–179 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||37 mpg||7.2 s||164–175 g/km|
|2.7 TDI||44 mpg||8.6 s||169 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 204 multitronic||54 mpg||7.6 s||138 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 245 quattro||44 mpg||5.9 s||154 g/km|
|3.0 TDI multitronic||54 mpg||7.6 s||138 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro||42–48 mpg||6.3–6.4 s||154–179 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||43 mpg||6.3 s||154 g/km|
|3.0 TFSI quattro||33 mpg||6.3 s||199 g/km|
|3.2 FSI||33 mpg||6.9 s||199 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro||30 mpg||6.9 s||219 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S tronic||35 mpg||-||189 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI quattro||29–35 mpg||5.4–5.6 s||189–224 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||33 mpg||5.1 s||199 g/km|
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