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Lovely, But Pricey Audi A5 Reminds Us The Diesel Convertible Still Exists

In the aftermath of the Volkswagen Group’s messy Dieselgate, cars equipped with diesel engines have abruptly fallen out of fashion. They do remain relevant in some parts of Europe and in a few other areas, which is why Audi hasn’t given up on its TDI efforts, not even in the convertible segment. This video shot by Audiview at German dealer Auto Bach GmbH reminds us the diesel convertible is still around, although we’re not sure why.

We’re looking at a facelifted 2020 A5 Cabriolet in the S Line specification with Quattro all-wheel drive and the “40 TDI” badge per Audi’s rather confusing nomenclature. It means this beautiful Navarra Blue example has the 2.0-liter diesel producing 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque sent to the road via a seven-speed S Tronic automatic transmission.

Save for the ghastly faux exhaust tip on the right side of the bumper, it’s an otherwise attractive diesel convertible. That said, at an eye-watering €81,669, it better be. For virtually the same money, you could buy an RS4 Avant (from €81,400 in Germany), which is practically better in just about every way, unless you really want to lower the roof.

How do you end up with such a steep price? Simple, by ticking a lot of the boxes on the options list, including the Bang & Olufsen sound system, matrix LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, and the S Line spec. The base A5 Cabriolet starts at €49,100 in Deutschland, but this one is actually nearly the same price as an RS5 Coupe / Sportback.

It will be interesting to see whether Audi will keep the open-top body style alive for the A5’s next generation considering the glory days of the convertible are long gone. In the first quarter of 2020, the peeps from Ingolstadt built only 3,171 A5 Cabriolets compared to 33,333 A4 sedans or 17,725 A4 wagons. Audi built even fewer coupes, at just 1,615 examples. That said, these numbers aren’t telling the whole story as production during the first months of the year was greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.