Audi has a strong reputation for build quality, performance and safety and as far as convertibles go you will be hard pushed to find a classier one than this
The model we drove was the 2 litre TDI 177 S-Line and it was every inch the supermodel – hood up or hood down this baby was dressed to impress. Heads turned wherever we went the envious wishing they could own such a beautiful car and the enthusiasts appreciating the beauty and yet undoubted sports like quality with the chrome exhaust, no messing front grill and embossed S-Line leather seats.
Many critics have been undeservedly hard on the A5 cabriolet. What car for example rated it 2 out of 5 and other big name reviewers didn’t rate it much higher. Sometimes it seems that reviewers feel they have to be critical in order to justify their very existence.
There is undoubted competition in this market from BMW and Mercedes each having their own rival cabriolet models. However this car is a match for those in so many areas.
The car feels and acts exactly as you demand. It holds the road well, it makes you feel safe whether the hood is up or down and when you require that extra power to get you past the line of cars behind the tractor on those country roads it responds effortlessly.
Now lets get a few things straight here. Many reviewers are critical of the ‘stiff suspension’, ‘noisy vibrating cabin’ and air flow noise from the wing mirrors. We must have been driving a completely different car or we need to go and get our ‘senses’ checked at the doctors. The ride comfort was brilliant, the interior noise was low and yes unfortunately wind does tend to flow over wing mirrors but what can you do when they are built and designed to stick out from the main body of the car for safety reasons.
We were not particularly keen on the on board central information and sound system. The quality of the sounds system was excellent however it was not as logical and easy to operate as the Mercedes Command system. A minor criticism.
The most efficient engine on offer is the 2.0litre TDI diesel, which Audi says will return 60mpg in combined fuel economy, while emitting 124g/kg of CO2. This will have a bearing on road tax paid.
The front passengers have as well as a beautiful classy interior to enjoy an air scarf which blows hot air to the back of your neck if desired and fantastic heated seats. The rear passengers could benefit with these features too as they bare the main brunt of the cold air when the hood is down and traveling as speed.
the steering wheel and seats are adjustable to suit any driver/passenger.