While the first-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet was popular among buyers, it wasn’t so popular among enthusiasts. In fact, most enthusiasts are a bit cold on convertibles. Drop-tops are heavier, less rigid, slower and perform worse. So most petrol-heads would much rather have their coupe alternatives. With this second-gen Audi A5 Cabriolet, things haven’t seemed to be much different, for the most part.
Except for this review from Car and Driver, which is surprisingly positive. We’ve seen quite a few reviews of the A5 Cabriolet since its debut and they haven’t been the most flattering. Complaints of its numb steering, sloppy handling and shaky ride thanks to the convertible’s lack of structural rigidity over its coupe counterpart. However, this new review from C&D seems to think that the A5 Cabrio is a solid car and one that delivers on all it’s supposed to.
“Like the A5 coupe we tested earlier this year, the newly redesigned A5 cabriolet sets nary a tire wrong, being exactly as polished, swift, and refined as we’ve come to expect from modern Audis—only with the extra joy of open-air driving to sweeten the deal.” said C&D.
Even though the Cabrio is slower than the standard Coupe, doing 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, rather than 5.0 flat, it still handles well. It pulled a 0.96g on C&D’s skidpad test, which is quite impressive for a convertible. They even raved about its ride and handling, calling its ride plush and saying that it’s exactly as a luxury sports convertible should be. What’s interesting is that there’s no complaint of ride jitter with the top down, as has been the case with most reviews. In fact, C&D even went as far as to say that the A5 Cabriolet’s “stiff structure never quivers”.
On the outside, it looks good but a bit bland. It’s not a bad looking car, it just isn’t an exciting one, either. However, it makes up for that on the inside, where its cabin really delights. All of Audi’s new interiors have been superb as of late and the A5 Cabriolet is no different. It’s modern, attractive, comfortable and built to an almost absurdly high standard. It’s also packed with tons of the latest tech, so buyers will drive in supreme comfort and luxury.
While the Audi A5 Cabriolet tends to get quite a bit of flak for simply not being as good as the coupe. But judging it as it is, a luxury sports convertible, Car and Driver claims it to be very good.