What's the used Audi A5 sports like?
There’s a certain phrase that would apply perfectly to the Audi A5 Cabriolet: airs and graces. You see, you could be the least classy person in the world, yet still look like you belong to royalty if you drive around in an A5 Cabriolet because of its impeccable image. Plus, with early ones only costing a few grand, you can definitely enjoy Champagne motoring for lemonade money.
That theme of inexpensive motoring continues with the smaller, more economical four-cylinder engines, such as the 158bhp 1.8-litre and 208bhp 2.0-litre petrols, as well as the 148bhp and 168bhp 2.0-litre diesels. The bigger 187bhp 2.7-litre and 242bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesels aren’t too bad on fuel either, and the latter option is very smooth and refined. Then there are the rare 261bhp 3.2-litre V6 and turbocharged 328bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrols. There’s also the slightly bonkers 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 of the RS5.
Even when fitted with an engine of huge power, the A5 is best thought of as an urban boulevardier rather than a sports car. Neither the handling nor the steering ever encourage you to drive with vigour, and unless you go for one with firmer S Line suspension, it tends to lean over quite a lot through the corners. Trouble is, if you do go for sportier suspension, the ride is very hard, which does little to remedy the rattle and shake you experience when going over lumps and bumps in the road.
The interior is of impeccable quality, though. Dense, soft-touch plastics adorn most surfaces and there are tasteful chrome highlights throughout. The only major disappointment is its offset driving position – a particular issue in examples equipped with a manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the folding roof mechanism means there isn’t room for a fifth seat, so the A5 Cabriolet is a four-seater only. However, the boot is still a decent size and the rear seats fold down to allow you to load longer items.
Standard equipment on SE cars is decent with an electric roof, 17in alloy wheels, leather, climate control and rear parking sensors. S Line models have sportier exterior styling, bigger 18in alloy wheels, sports suspension, sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity, xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers, heated front seats and a quieter acoustic hood.
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