Audi A5 Cabriolet (2017) Review

Audi A5 Cabriolet (2017) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

Insurance Groups are between 30–42
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

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

Real MPG average for a Audi A5 Cabriolet (2017)

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

24–52 mpg

MPGs submitted

5

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Can you recommend a nearly new four-seat convertible?
"Can you please recommend a nearly new four-seat convertible (fabric or folding steel roof) that is good in terms of reliability and value for money?"
You can't go wrong with an Audi A5 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. Both have premium interiors and shouldn't have any major reliability issues. They're not cheap, though.
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Audi A5 Cabrio – buy now or wait for the new version?
"As part of my mid-life crisis, I've been looking at Audi A5 Cabrio deals. However, with the new model imminent, would it be better to wait for the new car? And when will you get the chance to road test it? "
We're testing the new A5 on the 28th November, so expect a full road test shortly after that date. Don't know when the new cabrio will arrive, but guess at 6 - 9 months time. We also don't know how the current VED bands will be affected in the chancellor's autumn statement, so worth waiting for that.
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