2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet new car reviews

The convertible version of Audi's A5 brings the same level of luxury and comfort we've come to expect from the brand to the freedom of top-down driving. You may remember we recently tested the coupe version of the A5, too.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

No, it’s not a Miata. What it is, though, is a comfortable, quick, quiet convertible.

I ran the A5 Cabriolet to Orlando one evening for an event–exactly an hour each way–and this is where the car worked perfectly. At highway speeds on a crisp fall evening with the top down, side windows up, and the heated seats on, the Audi was a delight.

That drivetrain is turbine-smooth, power is more than adequate, and the cabin is comfortable. Shift the dual-clutch transmission into S mode, and it always seems to be in the right gear. If anything, I wish I had further to go that night. It just sucked up the miles with no penalty paid.

The A5 isn’t a cheap date, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s a luxury convertible from an upmarket company. Like I said at the beginning, it’s not a Miata. This one is for those who like some frills with their fresh air–and have the scratch to pay for it.

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