The new Audi A5 Cabriolet
Brash is definitely un-British, despite UK drivers’ love of a convertible – the automotive equivalent of wearing a sign saying, “Look at me!”.
This face-lifted Audi A5 Cabriolet, a soft-top version of Audi’s sporty four-seat coupé, is certainly no wallflower. It has a premium, aspirational, quality and comprises a fifth of all sales of the A5 range.
Part of the appeal is sure to be the design. Longer and marginally narrower than the previous model, its sporty looks are sharper with a wave-shaped shoulder line along the side adding muscular definition and the single frame grille adding an element of aggression.
The soft-top roof – available in black, grey, red and brown – accentuates this. It folds neatly and quickly into the short rear end, which adds to the sportiness, with a spoiler lip on the boot. Add LED headlights and rear lights into the mix, along with twin exhaust pipes, and the A5 Cabriolet gets heads turning.
There are five engines on offer; on the turbo-diesel side is the entry-level 188bhp 2.0-litre, which is likely to be the most popular option thanks to its average fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg and low emissions of 118g/km. The 0 to 60mph time of 8.1 seconds is quick enough to meet the demands of most buyers who opt for it but it’s not the most refined engine, especially with the roof down, though it’s not so noisy that it makes for an unpleasant driving experience.
This soft-top version of Audi’s sporty four-seat coupé is certainly no wallflower
The 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine isn’t that quiet, either, but it’s sportily gruff so considerably more pleasant. The 216bhp output means its 0 to 60mph time is trimmed to 6.8 seconds and it does feel brawnier on the road, while still not being rocket-like.
The A5 Cabriolet as a four-seater is built for cruising
The larger engine and extra performance compromises economy but…