The A5 Cabriolet Edition 1 40 TDI quattro S tronic, which is essentially a two-door, roofless A4 beneath, is at the summit of the A5 hierarchy. If, like us, you think Audi's design language has recently become over-evolved, the Cabrio's form, particularly at the front, has a confident simplicity to it. In brighter (i.e. non-silver) colours, it also looks very vibrant. For a car that has been with us since 2017, this is quite impressive.
The body structure is made of an aluminum-steel hybrid, which saves 55kg over the original A5. Redesigned multilink front and rear suspension, a start-stop system that works while coasting as well as at a stop (with cruise control that can go into ‘freewheeling' mode), and a 40% increase in torsional rigidity are among the highlights.
There's no fat-arse-inducing folding metal roof here, either: the multi-layered ‘acoustic' hood opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph with a single button touch.
The A5 Cabriolet is a sensuous car, and while it's more energetic than its predecessor, it's still more of a grand touring boulevardier than a B-road hustler. In that, and, to be honest, most other areas, the much newer BMW 4 Series has it well and completely licked.
The A5 Cabriolet, on the other hand, boasts a luxuriously equipped interior, a refined motor, and is surprisingly practical for a car of its class.