Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009–2017)

Model History

February 2009

New A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet

Open for order in early 2009 for first UK deliveries spring 2009 – A5 OTR prices expected to start at just under £30,000, S5 at approximately £42,000.

Lightweight soft-top opens in 15 seconds and closes in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph – acoustic roof option brings cabin noise close to fixed head levels.New neck-level heating option for open-top driving on cooler days, solar heat reflecting upholstery keeps seats cool during sun exposure.

Initially available in the UK with two FSI direct injection petrol engines and one TDI diesel – 2.0 TFSI 211PS, 3.2 FSI 265PS, 3.0 TDI 240PS. S5 adopts much praised new 3.0-litre supercharged V6 TFSI unit with 333PS in place of the familiar naturally aspirated V8.

3.0 TDI and S5 models feature quattro four-wheel-drive as standard – other models are front-wheel-driven - 2.0 TFSI 211PS and 3.2 FSI offer quattro as an option. Manual, S tronic twin-clutch and multitronic CVT transmissions.

Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system includes option of new quattro sport differential for selected models. A5 soft-top range capitalizes on the space maximizing extended wheelbase length and state-of-the art engines, transmissions and chassis configuration that have secured success for the A5 Coupé.

Best-in-class luggage capacity of 380 litres also enables easy accommodation of luggage for four, and in topless mode the roof stowage compartment only marginally reduces this impressive total to 320 litres. Thanks to the standard split/folding rear seat back a maximum capacity of 750 litres can be accessed if required.

In the UK the A5 Cabriolet will launch with a choice of three directly injected engines - the latest turbo charged 2.0-litre TFSI petrol in 211PS form, the 3.2-litre naturally aspirated V6 FSI petrol with 265PS and the 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 240PS. 2.0-litre TFSI and 3.2-litre FSI units are initially offered in conjunction with front-wheel-drive, while the 3.0-litre TDI is linked exclusively to the latest generation quattro four-wheel-drive system with 40% / 60% front-to-rear torque distribution.

A six-speed manual transmission carries engine power to the wheels in 2.0 TFSI models, while 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI versions feature two ultra-efficient automatics – the multitronic continuously variable transmission in the 3.2 FSI and the new seven speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, developed specifically for longitudinal engine installations, in the 3.0 TDI quattro. This all-new transmission will also be a standard feature of the S5 Cabriolet.

Three distinct Audi drive select option packages are available in the new A5 Cabriolet – Audi drive select with damper control for even greater suspension adaptability to the road surface, Audi drive select with dynamic steering allowing alteration of the actual ratio of the steering for optimum feel and, specifically for quattro models, Audi drive select featuring the sports differential. For maximum driver rewards it is possible to combine dynamic steering and damper control or, in quattro models, dynamic steering and the sports differential.

A5 Cabriolet customers will be able to equip their cars to Standard, SE or S line specification, all options including fully automatic powered soft-top operation, alloy wheels and climate control. SE models add luxuries such as full leather upholstery, and on top of this S line specification makes the most of the sharply
sculpted lines of the A5 through exclusive grille and bumper treatments and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights and the acoustic hood upgrade incorporating in-built LED rear reading lights are also part of the S line package.

August 2009

S5 Cabriolet open for order

Priced at £42,245 OTR – first deliveries in October 2009. Supercharged V6 TFSI with 333PS and 440Nm from 2,500-4,850rpm in place of naturally aspirated V8. Seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard. Evolution of quattro system with optional sport differential capable of varying torque not only between front and rear axles but also between each rear wheel. Optional Audi drive select adaptable dynamics system enables fine-tuning of throttle response, shock absorber settings and steering feel. S5 Cabriolet 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, top speed limited to 155mph, combined mpg 29.1, CO2 224g/km.

July 2011

Facelift announced

Extensively re-engineered and subtly restyled Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet models now offer 60mpg-plus and 122g/km potential

Subtle re-sculpting and significant re-engineering will enable new generation Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet models to slip even more elegantly, more nimbly and more cleanly through the air. Beyond their measured exterior and interior styling updates, infotainment technology advances and chassis modifications, the three ranges are also characterised by CO2emission reductions of up to 22 per cent thanks to new and heavily revised engines and additional efficiency measures. UK orders for the new A5 and S5 models, which will be priced from £25,540 OTR, can be taken from September, ahead of first deliveries in December.

In realigning the engine range, Audi has remained true to its philosophy of using forced induction to compensate for cubic capacity in the interest of economy. The existing naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine has been replaced by a new 272PS version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 unit in A5 Coupe and Cabriolet variants. The existing 333PS version of this engine, which already powers the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet, will also now replace the 4.2-litre, naturally aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe.

Equipped with its new and 20 per cent more efficient engine, and with standard S tronic twin clutch transmission in common with its Sportback and Cabriolet counterparts, the S5 Coupe can power to 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds – a 0.2-second improvement over its V8-powered predecessor – on the way to a governed 155mph top speed. Combined fuel economy stands at 34.9mpg, a significant improvement over the tiptronic V8 Coupe’s 26.4mpg.

At the other end of the spectrum, the entry level 1.8-litre TFSI unit, which will be available across the ranges, has been completely redesigned. It features ground-breaking innovations in many areas, including control of the valves and their lift, thermal management, fuel injection, turbocharging and the integration of the exhaust manifold. With power increased from 160PS to 170PS, it effectively replaces the 180PS version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI engine, and in the A5 Coupe combines best-in-class 49.6mpg economy potential with a 21 per cent reduction in CO2output to 134g/km CO2.

The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TFSI engine continues in 211PS form in all variants, offering up to 44.1mpg with CO2emissions of as little as 149g/km.

New to the diesel-powered line-up is the 204PS version of the acclaimed 3.0-litre V6 TDI which has already brought exceptional economy and efficiency to the A6 Saloon, A7 Sportback and A8 luxury saloon. Replacing the outgoing 2.7-litre, 190PS V6 TDI, it can deliver up to 57.6mpg at the expense of just 129g/km of CO2when it is installed in the front-wheel-drive A5 Coupe. The existing 3.0-litre TDI unit which works in conjunction with quattro all-wheel-drive also continues in upgraded 245PS form.

The efficiency standard-bearer in the new range will undoubtedly be the heavily modified 2.0-litre TDI, which with the potential for up to 60.1mpg and emissions of just 122g/km in the manual transmission A5 2.0 TDI Coupe sets new standards in the class.

As before, six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch and eight-speed multitronic CVT transmissions will feature depending on the engine chosen, as will quattro all-wheel-drive. The 2012 Model Year A5 ranges upgrade to the latest system combining the crown gear centre differential - first seen in the RS 5 - with torque vectoring for even more effective torque distribution. The quattro system is offered as an optional extra for the 2.0-litre TFSI 211PS petrol and 2.0-litre TDI 177PS units, and as standard in conjunction with 3.0-litre TFSI 272PS and 3.0-litre TDI 245PS engines. As is always the case, the S models are quattro-equipped by definition.

Availability of the quattro rear sports differential, which further enhances agility and adjustability by enabling torque to be apportioned between the rear wheels, also now extends to all quattro-equipped models in the latest ranges.

With or without the quattro advantage the latest A5 models will cover ground even more effectively thanks to revisions to the predominantly aluminium lightweight suspension, and most notably to the damper settings and rear suspension bearings.

All three variants cut more of a dash visually too, thanks to gentle re-shaping of the bumpers, grilles, bonnets and front and rear light clusters which brings the A5 look subtly into line with the very latest Audi design language. The changes are particularly apparent in S line models, which now feature LED strip daytime running lights that virtually surround the headlight unit at the front, and newly designed LED strip lights at the rear. This striking light set-up can also be specified for all other versions at extra cost as part of a package that also includes adaptive swivelling headlights for improved corner illumination.

Inside, the A5 models have exceeded their own already regularly praised standards in their latest form. Among the detail changes to the premium quality cabin are new steering wheels, including an option for a flat-bottomed wheel, new steering column stalks and narrow chrome clasps framing the control elements. Also updated are the ignition key, the selector lever for the automatic transmission, the buttons for the optional Audi drive select system and seat heating/ventilation and the air conditioning and multifunction steering wheel controls. The bezels on the instrument cluster and centre console have a new finish, and there is also a new selection of upholstery and inlays.

The controls for the optional MMI navigation plus with its large hard drive, seven-inch colour monitor, 3D graphics and DVD player have also been improved. The number of hard buttons has been reduced from eight to four and the volume control now features a joystick cap for simpler track selection. Voice control and digital radio reception also received some fine-tuning.

Standard, SE and S line specification levels continue as before in Cabriolet and Sportback models, the latter now offering the extra cost option of three full seatbelts in the rear as an alternative to the existing two. The A5 Coupe previously offered a fourth Sport trim option, but now moves into line with its relatives.

An exciting new option available across the board is a high specification mobile phone interface offering online services, which not only brings a Google-powered Points of Interest search and navigation using Google Earth images, but also creates a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) hotspot within the A5 enabling occupants to connect phones and computers to the internet wirelessly.

A5 Cabriolet – from £29,450 OTR
1.8 TFSI 170PS Six-speed manual 143g/km
2.0 TFSI 211PS Six-speed manual 159g/km
2.0 TFSI 211PS Eight-speed multitronic TBC
2.0 TFSI 211PS quattro Seven-speed S tronic 164g/km
3.0 TFSI 272PS quattro Seven-speed S tronic TBC
2.0 TDI 177PS Six-speed manual 127g/km
2.0 TDI 177PS Eight-speed multitronic TBC
2.0 TDI 177PS quattro Six-speed manual TBC
3.0 TDI 204PS Eight-speed multitronic 138g/km
3.0 TDI 245PS quattro Six-speed manual TBC
3.0 TDI 245PS quattro Seven-speed S tronic 154g/km
S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI 333PS Seven-speed S tronic 199g/km

What does a Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £39,330
Buy new from £32,094
Contract hire from £295.39 per month