Used test: Audi A5 Cabriolet vs BMW 4 Series Convertible costs
Put a smile back on your face with these two premium convertibles, both now available used for a fraction of their new price. But which to buy? We have the answer.....
What will they cost?
Buy either of these two at three years old and you’ll save well over 50% compared with how much they cost when they were new. The more expensive A5 suffers most, dropping from just over £46,000 to just over £21,000, while the 4 Series drops from just over £43,000 to just under £20,000. This puts top-quality, open-top motoring into the hands of many who wouldn’t be able to afford such opulence new.
Day-to-day running costs are a fraction lower with the 4 Series: the A5 costs more to fuel and to insure, although the 4 Series costs more to service.
Both cars have a good reputation for reliability. However, in our most recent survey the A5 didn’t feature, but the 4 Series finished fifth out of 10 cars in the coupes and sports cars category. Audi as a brand finished in a disappointing 20th place out of 31 manufacturers, while BMW finished in 21st place.
For the amount these two cost new, you’d expect a lot of standard kit, and both manufacturers included everything you’re likely to want – although the A5 justifies its higher price both new and used by throwing in a few more luxuries.