Used Audi A5 Cabriolet (2009 - 2017) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 30 Jul 2015
4.5
The Audi A5 Cabriolet replaces the convertible version of the A4, though this is a more upmarket car than before. Unlike similar convertibles - such as the BMW 3-Series - Audi has stuck with a fabric roof, keeping weight down and saving valuable boot space.
4 out of 5

Comfort

There's decent room for four adults and even without the wind deflector fitted (standard on SE and S line models), it seems remarkably free from buffeting at 40mph-plus. Electronic climate control is fitted across the range and the fabric hood is fully electric, folding down in just 15 seconds at the touch of a button. Putting on your seatbelt in the front is made easy by outstretched arms which slide forward once the ignition is switched on and it is also possible to specify an 'acoustic' hood which is further insulated compared to the standard roof, reducing noise intrusion to similar levels to a hard-top car.

Heating or air conditioning can be chosen for the front seats, while there is also a heated rear seats option.

4 out of 5

Practicality

The benefit of offering a fabric hood as opposed to a metal roof is that it takes up far less room when folded in the boot. This means the A5 Cabriolet offers 360 litres of boot space - identical to the Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet - and considerably more than a BMW 3-Series Convertible. It's easily big enough for a couple of suitcases plus the rear seats can be folded forward increasing space available for those odd occasions when more cargo volume may be needed.

Usefully, the roof can be folded up or down on the move at speeds of up to 30mph - far quicker than most other convertibles with a similar system - and means you don't have to pull over if you caught in a sudden downpour. Instead of a standard handbrake, there's an electric parking brake, operated by a button next to the gear lever.

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How does the boot space compare?

390 litres
333 litres
Audi A5 Cabriolet (09-17)
320 litres
220 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The A5 Cabriolet shares its interior with the A5 Coupe. The materials used feel of exceptionally high quality and it's meticulously put together. The folding roof even has a fully functioning interior light incorporated in the centre. However, visibility is impaired with the roof up by the broad area of fabric that would form the rear window pillar in the Coupe version.

All the controls are easy to use though - even the multimedia system which is operated via a dial behind the gear lever is intuitive - while the neat dials are easy to read.