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The Top Gear car review:Audi A5 Cabriolet

Overall verdict
If you must ruin your hair, this is as practical and justifiable a way of doing so as possible.


As refined and versatile as soft tops come, and handsome enough, too


Slightly crashy ride, image a bit showy


What is it?

Of the gazillion models Audi makes, few are convertibles. The A5 Cabriolet is the most versatile of the drop tops, in that it’s got four usable seats and a slew of engines, ranging from the everyman’s 2.0-litre TDI to the supercharged 3.0-litre petrol in the high-performance S5.

The A5 is one of Audi’s best-looking cars and the Cabriolet version does little to change this. Even an earlier facelift recognised this, by doing very little to change the actual appearance of the car. The big changes came underneath, with new engines and better systems; from the outside, only new headlights with smart daytime running lights give the game away. 

But now the A5 is on the way out. Audi has just released the all-new A5 Coupe, and Cabriolet and Sportback versions are sure to follow. Want one of these? Best act quickly before the new one arrives. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
5.1s 177g/km 36.2 354 £50,980
The cheapest
2.0T FSI SE 2dr
7.9s 136g/km 47.9 190 £34,980
The greenest
2.0 TDI SE 2dr S Tronic
8.3s 118g/km 62.8 190 £38,860
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