A large trunk and four proper seats with the only roof the sky, it is the equation complicated than it needs to resolve the Audi A5 Cabriolet, especially when one adds other factors such as comfort, dynamism, and performance. Manages to do it still ? It is under the sun of Italy, in Tuscany, we went to check if it succeeds in its version 2.0 TFSI 252 hp Quattro.
- 1. Video test – Audi A5 Cabriolet 2017 : a convertible-almost family
- 2. On the road – a little more flexible than the coupe but almost as pleasing
- 3. Equipment – lots and Lots of options
- 4. The main technical characteristics
- 5. Evaluation in category : 30 criteria analyzed and graded
- 6. Next finance : all rates, competition
- 7. Balance sheet – a versatility of a swiss army knife
Note this vehicle
From 190 to 354 hp gasoline
From 190 to 218 hp diesel
From 44 190 €
After the coupe and the Sportback, so here is the last member of the family A5 to be discovered for the second time. Literally, since it is the cabriolet. And if the vast majority of Audi’s are difficult to differentiate at first glance, the A5 manage to distinguish themselves by using aesthetic elements that are very close. The single frame grille is positioned lower, which offers a beautiful curve down to the hood strongly ribbed, creating a front naturally aggressive and the fold marked current along the sidewall also gives the muscle. Roof up, the roof line and less bird’s eye decreases, however, the dynamism of the profile, with a silhouette more than three volumes as the coupe, a small defect, which will disappear of course once convertible. The whole is in any case much more successful than the predecessor model, whose design is very smooth lacked a bit of personality.
No rigid roof, therefore, the mode of the coupé cabriolet seeming to fade even though the BMW 4 Series continues to follow this path, and Audi justified in saying that a canvas is lighter, reducing the height of the centre of gravity, and impinges less on the loading volume once folded. This seems to be confirmed in reality since the A5 cabriolet offers the best load volume in the category, from 320 to 380 litres, or a compact such as the Volkswagen Golf, when its competitor munich offers up to 370 litres, but drops to 220 liters folded roof. In terms of weight however, the difference seems to be more the domain of the insignificant, the Audi weighing about 210 kg more than its coupe version, and the BMW around 220. The A5, however, would be lighter fifty pounds than its predecessor, while being 40 % more rigid.
Opening in 15 seconds, and recovering within 18 seconds up to 50 km/h, the soft-top triple thickness of the A5 is in any case an excellent job of soundproofing and heat insulation. Rear passengers benefit from 923 mm of headroom, which is 3 mm longer than the coupe, which can comfortably accommodate two adults, measuring up to 1,80 m. It is better than the 914 mm of a Mercedes C-Class but less than 942 mm of a BMW 4 Series, but the place additional to the knees which allows you to compensate. At the level of the shoulders by the other hand, it will be difficult to accommodate swimmers olympic 1 with 243 mm available in width, considerably less than the 1 302 mm of its rival, the star and the 1 321 mm of their enemy to the propeller, but with only two people you can stay on the bench, it’s still enough.
|Audi A5 Cabriolet||BMW 4 Series Convertible||Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet|
|Headroom in the rear||923 mm||942 mm||914 mm|
|Width at the shoulders to the back||1 243 mm||1 321 mm||1 302 mm|
|Trunk mini||320 litres||220 litres||285 litres|
|Boot Volume max||380 litres||370 litres||360 litres|
380 litres of boot volume with the soft top, 320, without, what are the best values in the segment.
Roof up, the atmosphere on board is identical to that of the coupe with a dashboard exactly the same, it is very close to that of the A4. Little originality here, but an excellent finish in the great tradition of the brand and content technology provided, with a central screen of 8.3 inches, the instrumentation, fully digital Virtual Cockpit or head-up display, not to mention the very many driving aids.
The dashboard is identical to that of the A5 Coupe and two adults can take the rear seat.
Three petrol engines are offered at launch of the model, the 2.0 TFSI 190 and 252 hp and the V6 3.0 TFSI 354 hp for the S5, and two diesel, the 2.0 TDI of 190 hp and the V6 3,0 TDI of 218 hp, the convertible doesn’t benefit the version 272 hp. Because of course, engines diesel oil may seem incongruent in a convertible, but these are also the versions that sell the most in France. All are available in traction or all-wheel drive Quattro and receive serial box dual-clutch S tronic 7 with the exception of the small gasoline engine which can receive a six-speed manual transmission. The S5 remains a special case, with four-wheel drive mandatory and an automatic transmission Tiptronic eight-speed.
Sold from 44 970 € 4 500 € more than the coupe, the Audi A5 Cabriolet is at least 3 000 € cheaper than its German competitors to drive and finish close. Thus, an A5 2.0 TFSI 252 hp S tronic Design can be redeemed for a minimum of 55 250 €, compared to 58 850 € for a 430i Sport of 252 hp at which it is necessary to add the option of automatic transmission 2 400 €, and 59 250 € for a C300 Executive of 245 hp. However, as for his compatriots, a passage through the catalog of options seems compulsory to add a few amenities as most of the driving aids that are alert to blind spots or the maintenance in the way.