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For The Audi A5 Cabriolet is as classy and desirable as you’d expect an Audi to be. It’s also reasonably practical, has a strong engine range and is cheaper than the rival BMW 3 Series Convertible.

Against It’s awful to drive, with an unsettled ride, rubbery steering and lots of body shake. There’s too much buffeting with the roof down, and the driving position is badly compromised on manual cars.

Audi A5 Cabriolet
22 5stars

Cabriolets don’t come much classier than the Audi A5. Unfortunately, the driving experience doesn’t live up to the looks.

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There are 21 Audi A5 versions available

Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI 170 SE 2dr £32,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 SE 2dr £34,145
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 177 SE 2dr £34,575
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 SE 2dr £35,455
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI 170 S line 2dr £35,570
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI 170 S line Special Ed 2dr £36,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 S line 2dr £37,395
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 177 S line 2dr £37,825
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE 2dr £38,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 S line Special Edi 2dr £38,520
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 S line 2dr £38,705
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 177 S line Special Edi 2dr £38,950
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 S line Special Ed 2dr £39,830
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 3.0 TDI 204 S line 2dr £41,555
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S line 2dr £41,745
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 3.0 TDI 204 S line Special Edi 2dr £42,680
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S line Sp 2dr £42,870
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line 2dr £44,985
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line Spe 2dr £46,110
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI 333 S5 2dr £46,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 4.2 V8 RS5 2dr £69,505
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

While the Audi A5 Cabriolet isn’t cheap, it undercuts the rival BMW 3 Series on price and should hold its value well.

Basic versions have a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but thanks to a turbocharger, this has all the grunt you need. It also averages over 45mpg.

Whichever engine you go for, the dealer should be willing to offer a discount. Savings of over £1000 aren’t out of the question. Resale values are strong, too, so expect to get back as much as half of the original price in three years’ time.

The queue of willing buyers will be bigger if you choose wisely from the options’ list. Leather upholstery is standard on SE models and above, but cruise control and satellite-navigation are desirable extras.

Reader test team says:

Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 211 2dr

I replaced my 2004 BMW 318 Ci cabrio (automatic) with an A5 3.0 TDI cabrio. The only disappointment so far is the Audi's performance in snow -…

Simon Brooke

4 out of 5 stars
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