Among Audi’s modern sports cars, the only real complaint has been with their emotion and enthusiasm. One such car is the Audi S5 Cabriolet, which has all of the right ingredients to be a great performance convertible. Its only real issue is that it doesn’t exactly stir the emotions, give you the fizz. And that’s really the verdict that Autoweek came up with after testing the S5 Cabrio.
On paper, the Audi S5 Cabriolet ticks all the right boxes. It packs a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It also has Quattro all-wheel drive grip which allows it to get from 0-60 mph in just a tick under 5 seconds. That’s pretty damn quick and far quick enough to be fun. However, it might not be as fast as you’d hope from a car priced on the wrong side of $70,000. Still, it’s fast, good looking and has open-air driving ability.
The interior also does everything right. It has a great design, impeccable build quality and superb technology. It’s also comfortable and makes for a great drop-top cruiser. Flick on the heated seats and steering wheel and just cruise in the open air in style. It’s just lovely.
However, when it comes to actually driving the Audi S5 Cabriolet, it starts to lose some of its luster. It’s not that the Audi S5 Cabrio is bad, far from it. It just doesn’t tickle the senses, it won’t light your hair on fire. The steering is accurate and dynamic but it lacks feel or enthusiasm. Thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive, it has a ton of grip and can handle well but it will never give you the fizz that any of its rear-drive counterparts can. And while it’s fast, thanks to its turbo-V6, the exhaust note is a bit muted and it lacks the sort of hair-raising, spine-tingling noise that something like the Jaguar F-Type has.
The Audi S5 Cabriolet is a good car, a great car in fact. But it isn’t a great sports car, if that makes sense. If you want something that’s stylish, comfortable, high-tech and fast, it’s hard to find a better convertible on the market for the price. However, if you want a pure sporty convertible, the Jaguar F-Type or Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet might be better.