With sporty lines and elegant proportions, the A5 continues Audi's departure from the brand's previous design language, which was elegant yet decidedly understated. The A5 features sleek headlights, a bold rendition of Audi's trademarked singleframe radiator grille and an aggressive front bumper.
Inside, the A5 Cabriolet upholds Audi's reputation for high-quality cabins with a sleek dashboard, plenty of soft-touch materials and user-friendly controls. Available tech features include Audi's MMI infotainment system and Audi Connect, which brings in-car internet connectivity and industry-first Google Earth integration - complete with panoramic views and high-resolution 3D satellite and aerial imagery.
Like the A4 line and A5 coupe, the A5 Cabriolet is offered exclusively with a single engine option: a 220 horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC engine with FSI direct-injection and a turbocharger. The previous generation's premium 265 hp 3.2-liter V6 with FSI direct-injection has been discontinued.
Unlike the A5 coupe, however, the A5 Cabriolet does not have an available six-speed manual transmission. Instead, it offers the choice of either a "Multitronic" CVT transmission which returns an impressive 24 city and 31 highway miles per gallon with a relatively leisurely 7.2-second zero-to-60 time, or a slightly more sport-minded Tiptronic eight-speed automated automatic which returns 20 city, 30 highway mpg and achieves a 6.7-second acceleration time. Of note, the CVT sends power to the front wheels while the Tiptronic is paired with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Unlike many competitors, the A5 Cabriolet features a light-weight, insulated cloth folding top rather than a heavier, but more coupe-like, folding metal hardtop. The top can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 31 mph, and an head-level heating system enables passengers to drive with the top down in less-than-ideal weather.
Standard and Optional Features
The A5 Cabriolet can be had in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.
The Premium trim comes standard with a S-Line exterior package, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, a ten-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM sound system, heated headlamp washers, LED turnsignals, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a Homelink garage door opener, Audi music interface, a driver info system, three-zone climate control, xenon plus lighting and LED taillights.
The Premium Plus model adds heated front seats, memory functionality for the front seats, LED taillights, a power trunk lid, three-zone automatic climate control and power-folding exterior mirrors.
The top-spec Prestige trim brings a navigation system with the aforementioned Audi Connect, a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with HD radio technology, a rearview parking assist camera, Audi side assist, keyless start and a color driver information system.
Highlights from the options list include sport seats, adaptive cruise control, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and Audi Drive Select, which offers a variety of different suspension, steering, transmission and engine calibrations.
The Black Optic appearance package includes black exterior touches and 19-inch Titanium Rotor-design wheels.
All A5 Cabriolet models come standard with dual front, front side and front knee airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. Also included is a pop-up rollbar systems that provides extra protection in rollover situations.
Prestige models can be ordered with Audi side assist, which monitors blind spots and fast-approaching vehicles.