If you want a stylish, high-tech and powerful convertible is something you’re after, it’s not to desire the Audi S5 Cabriolet. Its devilish good looks make it one of the best looking convertibles on the market, with maybe only the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrio looking better and even that’s subjective. But the S5 Cabriolet is one of the more stylish cars on the road and packs impressive technology with a brilliant engine. So is it worth buying? It depends on what your expectations are.
In this new Carbuyer video review, we get to take an in-depth look at the Audi S5 Cabriolet, its strengths and its weaknesses. On the outside, it’s hard not to love the S5 Cabrio. The stunning creased hood, sensual curves and profile that still looks coupe-like, even when the top is up, all add up to make a very pretty convertible. Inside, though, is where the S5 really shines. The cabin of the S5 is nearly identical to the A5, only with some sportier touches, like contrast stitching and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Not only does it look brilliant but it boasts superb build quality and some of the best tech in the business.
Under the hood is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and, when combined with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, can get the S5 Cabrio from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That’s not that rapid by modern standards, but it’s pretty damn good for a convertible and more than fast enough to be fun. What’s more impressive, though, is the sound of the V6, which sounds properly snarly, and just how smooth it is. Torque builds nicely and it gathers speed quickly. It’s one of the better motors in the class.
Though, the S5 Cabrio does have a bit of a problem, according to Carbuyer. While the BMW 440i Convertible and Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrio are properly sporty cars to drive, the Audi S5 Cabriolet seems more like a sporty cruiser than outright sports car. It feels as if it’s been designed to be a comfortable and fast convertible first and sports car second, whereas the other two aforementioned cars feel the opposite. The S5’s steering is good but a bit light and numb, compared to the other two, and it is a bit softer than we might want. Also, the rear wind deflector can only be put in without rear passengers and has to be done manually, which seems a bit like an oversight.
However, if a stylish, powerful drop-top is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to overlook the Audi S5 Cabriolet.