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Audi A5 Cabriolet: Test Drive (continued)

Date: 26 February 2009   |   Author:

Category: Sports
Key rival: BMW 3-series Convertible

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The most popular model will be the 170PS 2.0 TDI, but that doesn't launch until the autumn, which is why we've tested the petrol 2.0 TFSI model that will account for more than a third of sales.

A5 product manager Henry Williams told BusinessCar the firm is looking to "re-educate" fleets about petrol models, as the manual 211PS 2.0-litre gets below the new all-important 161g/km capital allowance threshold.

It's possible the sweet point of the range. Despite not being overwhelmed with power compared to the engines further up the rangei It's well-suited to the pretty A5 Cabriolet's boulevard cruiser styling, especially with the roof down. And as far as diesels have come in recent years, it's still nicer not to have the noisier engine when the roof's down.

In SE trim it's also well equipped. The entry 'standard' trim, only available on the 2.0 petrol and diesel engines has plenty of kit, but step up £3850 to the SE spec and leather seats, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, three-zone climate control and the very effective wind deflector are added.

Roof down, the wind deflector helps keep cabin noise and draft down to impressively low levels, and conversation is easy at motorway speed. Roof up, which is how the cabrio will spend a lot of its time in the UK, and visibility is still decent, while refinement and noise levels are almost at the level where the car's topless abilities are forgotten.

Dynamically the A5 sits where most Audis land, in that it's very, very competent but maybe not as much fun as its BMW rival. But that's more praise for the 3-series than criticism of the Audi, which is far from outclassed. It also has a reasonable advantage in the looks department, which is probably a more important selling point in a class where visual appeal is paramount,

At well over £30,000 Audi's A5 cabrio is not a bargain, but it's a really good looking, classy and practical way to enjoy top-down cruising.


Audi A5 2.0 TFSI multitronic SE
P11D price£33,090
Model price range£27,795-£42,000 (estimate)
Fuel consumption38.3mpg
CO2 (tax)174g/km (22%)
BIK 20/40% per month£121/£243
Service intervalVariable
Insurancegroup 16 (estimate)
Warranty3yrs/60,000 miles
Boot space (min/max)320/380
Engine size/power1984cc/211PS
Top speed/0-62145mph/7.9sec
On saleMay 2009
Verdict Classy cabrio looks
stunning and should
enjoy great running costs


Classy cabrio looks stunning and should enjoy great running costs