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.....

Audi A5 Cabriolet vs BMW 4 Series Convertible

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 Audi A5 suffers most, dropping from just over £46,000 to just over £21,000, while the BMW 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.

Audi A5 Cabriolet vs BMW 4 Series Convertible

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. 

The A5 has automatic emergency braking as standard, whereas BMW charged £370 for it from new. Security firm Thatcham rates both cars as equally good at resisting break-ins and guarding against being stolen.

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