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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 and BMW 4 Series Convertible

Our verdict

The BMW has more rear space and more agreeable running costs, but its heavy and cumbersome metal roof blunts performance, handling and boot space. Together with its coarse petrol engine, the 4 Series is beginning to feel its age, despite its recent facelift.

The Audi isn’t without fault: it’s more expensive to buy and own, and it offers slightly less room for rear passengers. However, its interior quality is superb, it has more standard equipment and its boot is bigger and more practical. Having a fabric roof also keeps weight down without letting in any more wind and road noise. All things considered, the A5 ticks more boxes for the open-top buyer and deserves the win.

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1st – Audi A5 Cabriolet

For Classier interior; more agile; more standard kit; bigger boot

Against Pricier to buy and run; tighter rear space; steering feel could be better

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Audi A5 Cabriolet review


2nd – BMW 4 Series Convertible

For Roomier rear seats; better steering; surprisingly cheap to finance

Against Coarse engine; so-so interior quality; awkwardly shaped boot

Rated 3 out of 5

Read our full BMW 4 Series Convertible review


Specifications: Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI 252 quattro S line S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol

List price Β£46,180

Target Price Β£43,030

Power 249bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 6.1sec

Top speed 149mph

Claimed fuel economy 43.5mpg

True MPG 29.3mpg

CO2 emissions 151g/km


Specifications: BMW 4 Series Convertible 430i M Sport auto

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol

List price Β£43,180

Target Price Β£37,949

Power 249bhp

Torque 258lb ft

0-60mph 6.6sec

Top speed 155mph

Claimed fuel economy 44.8mpg

True MPG 34.9mpg

CO2 emissions 146g/km


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Audi A5

What Car? SaysRated 4 out of 5
Owners sayRated 4 out of 5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is refined, comfortable and has tidy, if not thrilling, handling. It’s one of the best drop-tops in this price range.