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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What Car? team
01 September 2016

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.

Audi A5 Cabriolet vs BMW 4 Series Convertible

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 £40,000 car.