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Audi A5 Cabriolet (2017–)

Last updated 19 February 2019

Acoustically-insulated roof as standard. Lighter yet stiffer than previous model. Beautiful build. Great all-round ability
Looks very much like its predecessor. Rivals are more fun to drive. S line sports suspension is a bit uncomfortable.
Updated 19 February 2019
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Audi knows better than most how to stick to a winning formula. And the A5 Cabriolet it does exactly that. This all-new car arrived in 2017, though like its coupe relation it deviated little in style from its predecessor.

It might not be radically different to look at, but underneath Audi has worked extensively on its structure, making it lighter, yet stiffer, to the benefit of refinement, economy and handling. It’s a little bit bigger, inside, too.  

Very deliberately retaining a fabric roof, to help distinguish it as a cabriolet, the A5 is rich in detail and high on desirability. Underlining that is Audi’s standard offering of a range of hood colours, with four no-cost choices of Red, Black, Dark Grey and Brown. 

Whatever the colour, that roof stows at the touch of a button - folding out of sight in just 15 seconds and raising in 18 seconds. Its integration is beautifully executed, whether up or down. Open, it reveals a cabin that, true to Audi form, is a paragon of material quality, sophisticated design and operational ease.

There’s space for four adults. Just. The rear seats come with limitations in legroom, while headroom with that roof up is also limited. The bootspace suffers, too, but buyers of convertibles understand the compromises they bring, and even then, with the A5 Cabriolet they’re relatively few.

The engine line-up cherry picks from the A5 Coupe line-up, so there’s a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and TDI models, as well as a 3.0-litre TDI. The Cabriolet doesn’t get the more economy-focussed 1.4 TFSI or TDI Ultra versions that the coupe is offered with.

Trim levels are familiar to anyone who’s ever opened an Audi brochure, with a few revisions. SE isn’t offered, instead the Cabriolet following its Coupe relative and only coming in either Sport and S line. All come with alloy wheels, 17-inches on Sport, S line gaining 18-inch ones, as well as slightly more dramatic exterior styling pack, LED headlights and taillights, as well as Audi’s dramatic ‘dynamic’ rear indicators. 

Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 2017 Road Test

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