What's the used Audi A5 sports like?
There’s always been plenty to like about the Audi A5 in its various guises – it’s sporty, elegant and comes with all the high-quality touches that typically sets an Audi apart from its premium competitors. You can have it in five-door Sportback form, two-door traditional Coupe-style or in this discreetly luxurious drop-top Cabriolet version, the better to enjoy a sunny day.
It’s not just the neat exterior styling that’s won friends, either. Underneath, this version of the car, launched in 2017, is based on the award-winning Audi A4 executive saloon, a car we know to be a refined and competent performer. Indeed whichever engine you seek out the A5 Cabriolet is a swift and refined car, with even the entry-level four-cylinder diesels proving smooth and quiet.
There’s actually quite a wide choice of petrol or diesel engines, with the 2.0 TFSI 190 and the 2.0 TDI 190 versions of both kicking off the range. Petrols work up through a 250bhp version of the 2.0-litre engine, which is swift but a little thirsty, to an impressively powerful but unsurprisingly thirsty 3.0-litre V6 in the super-sporting S5 model. The diesels move up to a 3.0-litre V6, the TDI 218, that is smooth and refined and is the most rounded choice in the range, and peak with the 3.0 TDI 286 V6, which is the most powerful diesel but at the expense of efficiency.
Trim levels are limited to but two: Sport and S line. All models come with xenon headlights, a 7.0in colour infotainment screen with a DAB radio and sat-nav, three-zone climate control and front and rear parking sensors, while S line is largely an appearance package.
The ride is firmer than the equivalent A4’s, depending on which of the various trims you’ve chosen, although it is supple enough to take the sting out of larger bumps and ripples, and the handling is precise, if not truly agile or ever particularly involving for a keen driver. There’s also the option of four-wheel drive, or Quattro, in Audi-talk, that offers even more grip when the going gets slippery.
It doesn’t disappoint inside, pipping the cabin quality of its German rivals with upmarket materials everywhere you look and touch. True, the design of the interior perhaps lacks the flair and imagination of a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet, but the flipside is a better-structured, more logical dashboard layout. Audi’s MMI infotainment system comes as standard and features a clear 7.0in display mounted centrally on the dashboard and controlled with the usual rotary dial between the front seats.
The driving position is multi-adjustable and there’s plenty of space, and even room for a couple of average-height adults in the back. The boot is a good size, too, but this space is severely impeded when you lower the roof.