Verdict on the Audi S5 Cabriolet
The Audi S5 Cabriolet brings welcome sportsmanship to fresh air motoring. It delivers a blistering drive with a fantastic acoustic, yet does it without losing its shirt. Or yours.
Its powerful and fast, but won’t ruffle its occupants. The sound track is glorious. And those brakes are stupendous.
OK, it’s not a car for wallflowers, but if you run your own business, then you’re probably not one of those anyway.
And the good thing is that, if you don’t fancy the S5 there’s a wide range of models to allow you to enjoy all the benefits of A5 Cabriolet motoring without having to spend over 50 grand to do so.
However, if you can slip it by the finance director, it’s a great way to enjoy the sunshine!
- List price: £50,350
- VED 1st year/SR: £800/£450
- 2-door cabriolet
- 3.0 V6 petrol/8-speed auto
- CO2 Emissions: 177g/km
- Economy: 36.2mpg
WE’VE already had the new Audi A5 Sportback and the A5 Coupe; now it’s the turn of the Audi S5 Cabriolet to complete the A5 range.
All these new models are up to 85kg lighter than their predecessors thanks to lightweight design and a new platform.
If you’re wondering where the A5 might sit in the great car scheme of things, then consider it as a more lifestyle oriented A4 saloon.
The Cabriolet has always been a lovely open top car, and the range includes petrol TFSI and diesel TDI derivatives, with prices ranging from £41,295 to £45,630 on the road.
So these new Cabriolets already qualify for the £310 VED supplement for prestige cars over £40,000 which is applicable from years two to six.
But there’s also another Cabriolet in the range. The really quick one. With the fabulous exhaust note. It’s the Audi S5 Cabriolet. And it’s this one that we are reviewing here.
No question it’s expensive; no question it’s desirable. And if you run a successful business, why wouldn’t you reward yourself with one of these?
Why not, indeed?
The Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI quattro 354PS Tiptronic features quattro four-wheel drive, a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that thumps it to 62mph in 5.1 seconds and eight-speed tiptronic auto transmission to make the most of its gregarious power and prodigious 500Nm of torque.
You can use the transmission in standard drive mode; sports mode (which makes it more reactive); or manual, either via the gearshift or via the paddles on the three-spoke steering wheel.
- Keep your hair on – this car flies. And all accompanied by a delicious waffly crack from the exhaust as it climbs through the gears and a lovely burble when downchanging. But don’t worry – your passenger’s hair won’t get ruffled thanks to a wind deflector (£300 option).
- The roof folds down on the move in 15 seconds to make the most of the sunshine (at up to 31 seconds) and closes again in 18 seconds should the weather turn.
- The quattro four-wheel drive drivetrain gives fabulous grip and you can snake and dive with that crackling V6 engine as your delightful soundtrack and 155mph top speed for the autobahn
- But the S5 Cabriolet is also a great boulevardier when you are in the mood for less frenetic motoring
- The ‘S’ sports seats are finished in Nappa leather and provide excellent support; heated as well
- Plus the redesigned wraparound interior features Audi’s 7 inch colour screen with MMI Navigation and Audi’s brilliant virtual cockpit, which can change the display within the hooded binnacle in front of the driver
- There’s plenty of safety kit, including six airbag system and Pre-sense city with multi-collision brake assist. But you won’t care so much about that – this car looks fabulous. And sounds it too.
- It’s a Cabriolet, so it’s lost some of its structural rigidity and occasionally you’ll notice slight chassis shake
- It won’t be cheap to run – running costs are just slightly more than similar cars from BMW (440 Cabriolet) and Mercedes-AMG (C43 Cabriolet)
- Fuel consumption officially is 36.2mpg. But with that engine and exhaust note – well… At least you’ll enjoy the sound of the fuel consumption!
- With CO2 emissions of 177g/km, it’s unlikely you’ll want to run this car through the company as company car tax is high at 34% BIK.