Convertibles get a bit of a bad rap from enthusiasts. Their relative lack of structural rigidity, added weight and softer look make them less favorable for enthusiasts than their coupe counterparts. I used to be one of those enthusiasts who would bemoan convertibles. However, as I’ve gotten older and gained a much larger appreciation for automobiles, I’ve grown to really like convertible sports cars, like the Audi A5 Cabriolet. It seems as if Automobile Mag feels similarly.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet is one of the better convertibles on the market, thanks to its styling, interior, performance and driving dynamics. We’re big fans. But why does Automobile like it so much? There are three reasons.
Firstly, it’s a convertible. It’s true that the convertible is a dying breed. Customers simply aren’t buying as many anymore and they may soon start to go the way of the Dodo. Also, it’s a soft-top convertible, which is becoming less common among premium brands. Personally, I think soft tops look better so I’m happy Audi went with one.
The next thing Automobile likes is the engine. Its 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, it makes the A5 Cab good for 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds. While that’s not blisteringly quick, it’s impressive in a luxury convertible with all-wheel drive, as it’s not the lightest of vehicles. But it also gets 34 mph on the highway and is a joy to use, with its smooth, punchy power delivery. Oh, it it makes a pretty good noise for a turbo four-pot.
Lastly, they love the Audi A5 Cabriolet’s interior. The new Audi A5’s cabin, convertible, coupe or Sportback, is brilliant. The seats are lovely, the cabin tech is impressive and the build quality is outstanding. Plus, its stylish design really helps when the top is down and people can easily see in.
There are many reasons why we love the Audi A5 Cab and why it’s one of our favorite convertibles. But these are just three of the reasons why Automobile Mag likes it.