It’s easy to approach this latest Audi A5 Cabriolet thinking that little has changed. In terms of styling, engineering and design, the evolution behind this second generation model initially seems subtle and not especially far-reaching. Don’t be deceived. All the things that really matter here are actually substantially better.
Why Lease The Audi A5 Cabriolet?
Like the first generation A5 Cabriolet which was launched back in 2009, this soft-top Audi shares most things with its A5 Coupe stablemate and, like that car, has been thoroughly rejuvenated in this revised MK2 model form, with quite a lot of extra ‘Vorsprung durch technik’. The result of all that development sees Ingolstadt promising significant improvements in efficiency thanks to the installation of MHEV mild hybrid engine tech. Plus going ‘al fresco’ is easy thanks to neck-level seat heating and a clever one-touch roof opening function.
As before, this drop-top model differs from its rear-driven BMW 4 Series Convertible and Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet rivals in its use of a front-driven platform, but Audi’s put a lot of work in to make that set-up more responsive, reducing weight, increasing power and providing some sophisticated suspension technology. Like the competition, Ingolstadt offers a 4WD option too, a re-developed quattro system.
Engine-wise, there’s a choice between a couple of 2.0-litre engines either a TFSI petrol unit or a TDI diesel, both of which are mated to S tronic 7-speed auto transmission. For petrol people, there’s a 35 TFSI 150PS variant, a 204PS 40 TFSI model and a 265PS 45 TFSI derivative that can only be had with quattro four-wheel drive. The diesel option is the 40 TDI quattro which offers 204PS.
Aesthetically, this revised MK 2 model looks a little different, though the Singleframe front grille is actually wider and just above it sit ventilation slits that fit with Audi’s current design language. Behind the wheel, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle screen is standard and there’s a new ‘MMI touch’ centre dash monitor of 10.1-inches in size. The rear chairs aren’t quite as usable as they are in an A5 Coupe, being a little more upright. Out back, the boot offers 380-litres of space with the roof up or 320-litres with the roof down.
Trim Levels Available
Vanarama customers can choose between four trim levels for A5 Cabriolet models – ‘Sport’, ‘S line’, ‘Edition 1’ and top ‘Vorsprung’. Even ‘Sport’ models get 18-inch alloy wheels, plus there are front sports seats trimmed in ‘Twin’ leather, full-LED headlights, LED rear lights and an ‘MMI navigation plus with MMI touch’ infotainment system, along with the Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument binnacle screen.
If you want more, the ‘S line’ variant adds larger 19-inch alloy rims, along with Matrix LED headlights that adapt to the road and the way you drive. ‘S line’ trim also gets you an exterior styling pack and leather and Alcantara upholstery. The top ‘Vorsprung’ variant delivers 20-inch ‘5-V-spoke star’-design alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish, plus a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and an extended LED interior lighting pack with multi-coloured options.
The most obvious two rivals to this car are the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet. You might also want to consider the Ford Mustang Convertible.
The A5 Cabriolet is still deeply desirable if you’re looking for a mid-sized executive class premium badged convertible. The addition of mild hybrid tech has made it more efficient and the cabin changes now make the asking figures seem more reasonable. Do you really need to spend more than this to get the kind of Cabriolet you’ve always dreamed of? Try this Audi and you may think not.