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Audi A5 Cabriolet vs BMW 4 Series Convertible

Audi’s all-new A5 Cabriolet goes head to head with BMW’s revamped 4 Series Convertible. Is it an open and shut case?

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Audi A5 Cabriolet dashboard

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

Finding your ideal driving position is simple enough in each case, because both cars have electric seats with a good range of movement. Those with a bad back will appreciate the A5’s standard electric adjustable lumbar support (it’s an option on the 4 Series) but both driver’s seats hold you in position securely in corners.

You get a good view out at junctions in both, thanks to slender windscreen pillars and deep, wide side windows. It’s a different story when trying to look behind you with the roof up, though; the 4 Series has a slightly larger rear window, but it’s still a bit like looking out of a letter box. Happily, both manufacturers fi t front and rear parking sensors as standard, while reversing cameras are well-priced options.

The A5 not only has a more modern-looking interior but also feels much better built; nearly all of the materials, switches and trims are wonderfully classy and well screwed together. The 4 Series doesn’t look too cheap inside, but it doesn’t feel like a Β£40,000 car.

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