2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet

MSRP $34,900

Ranked #3 in Convertible

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2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Tip-over the $50,000 mark and there are numerous options available through a number of segments, all trying to create an inch-perfect vehicle that satiates buyers’ needs. But this same range holds quirkier options that are more of a style statement, than being full-blown utility vehicles. Case in point is the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet. Based as a convertible version on the standard A5 Coupe, the current MY of the Cabriolet does not vaunt paramount practicality, but it’s a looker that has an unmatched road presence.

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Pros

Beguiling design

Mild-hybrid setup improves frugality

Mannerly and urbane interior setup

Solidly built

Cons

Cramped cargo space

Lacks utility

What's New?

Optional 19-inch wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34900

bodystyle

dr Cabriolet

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$34,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Priced at $50,700 for its base variant, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet continues with minimal changes with the current MY. It now gets new 19-inch design wheels as optional. It continues in the similar three trims as before and competes against long-staple rivals including the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible, 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible, 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet front angle view
2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet rear angle view

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Features

The 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet carries forward the similar three trims as the outgoing model, however, it sees a bump in prices in each of these trim levels. It now falls in a price range that extends from $50,700 for the base-level Premium to $61,450 for the top-tier Prestige variant. Each trim shares a similar powertrain setup, however, is distinguished by the number of features each of them has. Like the standard specifications list, the optional packages vary with each trim, with the mid-tier Premium Plus trim having maximum packages at its disposal.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$50,700

$55,600

$61,450

Key Features

Dual-zone climate control

Adds to or retains features of Premium

Adds to or retains features of Premium Plus

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

SiriusXM satellite radio

Ventilated front sport seats

 

Lane Departure Warning

Adaptive Cruise Control

Heads-up display

 

10.1-inch touchscreen display

Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus

Bang and Olufsen Sound System

 

Powered Soft Top

Wireless Charging Pad

Navigation system with Audi Connect

 

Leather Upholstery

Heated Steering Wheel

Amazon Alexa Integration

What trim should you buy?

In no way does the base trim of the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet feel barebones or under-equipped, rather it justifies its price tag with a number of class-leading features. However, we feel that the higher placed Premium Plus trim is the option to opt for. Though the performance and powertrain are similar, features like a heated steering wheel and wireless charging pad are distinguishing and useful factors. Additionally, we also recommend opting for the Navigation Package to improve feature load and access a variety of features available only with the Prestige trim.

Release Date

There is no official communication regarding the release date of the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet, however, the vehicle has already been confirmed and shown to the world. With no confirmed timeline, we expect the convertible to hit dealerships by the Fall of 2021 if there are no alterations to schedules.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Engine and Performance

With evident changes to the powertrain in 2021, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet continues to make use of a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 unit with a 12-volt-mild-hybrid system that bumps up raw power. In totality, this engine option belts out 261hp and 273lb.-ft of torque. Power delivery feels natural and confident and the 7-speed automated manual transmission system helps improve ride refinement and quality. The Quattro system is available as standard, which means power generated is transferred to all the wheels of the vehicle, which allows for added stability. 

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet driving view

Being based on similar underpinnings as the Audi A4, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet is a practical daily driver, fit for running errands. It also carries the potential to amp up performance when throttled hard making it an apt vehicle that welds together power and performance. The electromechanical speed-sensitive steering system wheel feels precise in its response and has ample feedback. Handling is bliss and even body roll at higher speeds is controlled with great aplomb.

As per the brand’s claims, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet can sprint from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds, fancy for a vehicle that does not come equipped with a six or eight-cylinder engine. While quarter-mile timings are not yet known, the top-speed 155MPH screams performance and is also class-competing.

Model

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet

2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

MSRP

$50,700

$53,100

$56,700

$62,000

Engine

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged flat-4

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automated manual

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power (hp)

261hp

255hp

255hp

300hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

273lb.-ft

295lb.-ft

273lb.-ft

280lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.6 seconds

6.2 seconds

6.2 seconds

4.6 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

N/A

14.1 seconds

14 seconds

12.6 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

155 MPH

130 MPH

155 MPH

177 MPH

The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster undoubtedly leads the segment with its performance-focused turbocharged flat-4 engine that pumps out 300 horses of power. Its 6-speed manual transmission provides better autonomy while shifting and consequently, it is the quickest car in the segment taking 4.6 seconds to the 60mph mark. On the other hand, the BMW 4-Series Convertible and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible make use of a turbocharged inline-4 engine and produce 255hp each. While the BMW is the torquiest option in the segment outputting 295lb.-ft, both drop-tops are equally quick and jointly assume the last position in the segment.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Fuel Economy

Thanks to its engaging driving dynamics, a mild hybrid system, and an automated manual transmission, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet does not burn a gaping hole in the pockets of the buyers. As per EPA estimates, the 2022 A5 Cabriolet averages 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Combined, its mileage is rated at 26 MPG, which feels adequate for a vehicle that is more pomp and gaiety than is practical. While range is not yet known, the convertible from the house of Audi is expected to be less thirsty, courtesy of its sizable fuel tank that can hold 15.3-gallons.

Model

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet

2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

MPG (city)

23

24

22

20

MPG (highway)

31

33

30

26

MPG (combined)

26

27

25

22

Fuel capacity (gallons)

15.3-gallons

15.6-gallons

17.4-gallons

14.2-gallons

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

N/A

374/515/444 mi

400/539/469 mi

284/369/326 mi

In comparison, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible despite its lower efficiency averages the highest combined range of 469 miles, credits to its most-voluminous tank that can hold 17.4-gallons. On the contrary, Porsche succumbs to the notion of higher performance lower frugality. It averages a combined efficiency of 22 MPG, which is considerably lower than the class-leading 27 MPG from BMW. Additionally, its fuel tank has the least capacity and an amalgamation of all negatives constitute an underwhelming performance for the 2021 718 Boxster.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Interior

The 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet has unsaid familiarity in its design. It is luxurious, upmarket, and by being a carryover model, it continues to be ergonomic and tech-laden. Step inside the cabin and you are greeted by premium materials all around you. There are wooden inlays that run through the dashboard and central console, breaking the dark monotone color scheme on offer. Leather upholstery is standard and even the steering wheel that has heated functionality with the higher-level trims gets covered in it. When observed closely, it is evident that the cabin has a clutter-free design and there is a hierarchal sort of design language in play. The infotainment screen that controls a majority of functions sits atop the dashboard. Below it is the aircon vents, followed by climate control knobs. There is ample storage space on the inside and you do get front cupholders, as standard.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet front seats

In terms of comfort, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet embodies German craftsmanship. It’s unquestionably luxurious. The front bucket seats are leisurely and have adequate cushioning and bolstering. You do, however, sit lower than usual. The front seats get standard heating functionality, power adjustability, and manual thigh extension for better support. With the Prestige trim, the bucket seats are replaced by sports seats that are also ventilated. In any of the trims, we do not have any specific problems with the front seats, however, the rear seats are a cause of concern as they do feel compromised and restrict movement.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet infotainment screen

The cargo space is another cause of concern, but when viewed against direct competitors, it feels ample. The 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet has a total of 9.3 cubic feet of cargo space at its disposal. While space could have been higher, Audi has had to make space provisions for the closing of the soft-top roof, which sits in a designated area just above the boot.

Model

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet

2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

2

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.3/55.3/41.3

40.6/55.1/41.8

38.8/54.8/42

N/A

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

36.3/46.9/33.1

36.1/43.9/32.5

35.6/47.8/32

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

9.3

9

8.8

9.6

When viewed statistically, each drop-top variant suffers from similar problems as the A5 Cabriolet. The 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible, which have similar passenger capacity as the Audi also have lesser space for rear-seat occupants. Even the cargo capacity differs diminutively. However, both these vehicles also sport uber-luxurious cabins that with the latest iterations of the brand’s infotainment systems and hi-tech features, providing stellar cabins at the buyers’ disposal.

On the other hand, the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster might have a better trunk volume of 9.6 cubic feet, but it is devoid of a rear seat completely. The two-seat configuration of the Porsche makes it a rather impractical proposition against the aforementioned competitors, given that at least kids or teenagers can occupy the rear seats in all other vehicles.

Some of the standout interior features of the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet include:

  • Powered trunk lid release
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Dual Vanity Mirrors
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet?

The infotainment system of the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet looks new-fangled and contemporary and delivers great performance. It comes equipped with Audi’s traditional virtual cockpit that features a 12.3-inch display unit that sports a navigation system. Located centrally on the dashboard, is a 10.1-inch screen that makes use of the MultiMedia Interface, has crisp graphics, and quick responses. There is no lag in operation and all menus and options are logically placed. As standard, you’d find this unit to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility alongside Bluetooth Connectivity. The sound duties are handled by a 10-speaker sound system. However, on the Prestige trim, this unit makes way for a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen system. Some other infotainment features include:

  • Memory Card Slot
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Audi Connect Prime and Plus subscriptions
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • USB Connection

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Exterior

The 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet looks prepossessing and enticing, with or without the top. The design looks level-headed with a passive-aggressive fascia upfront and the honeycomb grille that houses the brand logo takes center stage, while the LED headlamps do look striking and sleek. There are a lot of lines and curves that run through the body and in all three body styles, be it the coupe, sedan, or convertible, the A5 has a sense of unmatched superiority over its competitors due to its versatility.

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet 

The fabric rooftop that folds down to make the 2022 A5 Cabriolet stand out in a crowd is available in a standard black color. However, amongst the ten body-color options on offer, it looks best with the Glacier White Metallic paint. In terms of styling, the convertible looks rather exclusive. At the side, you find defined lines, frameless doors, and the 18-inch alloy wheels, that bestow a proportionate look to the vehicle. Move to the rear, and the LED taillamps and dual exhaust tips grant a fierce look. Overall, the A5 Cabriolet manages to fit into the brand’s current design strategy.

While the curb weight of the 2022 MY is not yet known, the Audi A5 Cabriolet is one of the longer options in the market measuring 184.9 inches. It, however, sports a shorter wheelbase than most of its competitors. It is 79.8 inches wide and 54.4 inches tall.

Model

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet

2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

3,918

3,869

3,021

Length (in.)

184.9

187.9

184.5

172.4

Width (in.)

79.8

81.9

74.9

78.5

Height (in.)

54.4

54.6

55.8

50.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.0

3.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

108.8

112.2

111.8

97.4

It is the lightweight and smaller dimensions of the 2021 Porsche Boxster that make it an impressive performer and quicker than its competitors. It is the lightest option in the segment weighing 3,021 lbs, while the 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible is the heaviest weighing 3,918 lbs. It also sports the longest wheelbase of 112.2 inches and has a total ground clearance of 5.0 inches as compared to Mercedes-Benz’s 3.5 inches, which is extremely low as per segment standards.

In terms of exterior styling, the Porsche 718 Boxster has started to look dated and the BMW’s outlandishly large grille makes it look rather underwhelming when compared to its competitors. For us, the main competition in this aspect lies between the Audi and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible and while the latter does look aggressive and distinctive, but we’d prefer the A5 Cabriolet for its oneness.

Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Paint Protection Film
  • LED head- and taillights
  • All-season tires
  • Dual exhaust chrome tips
  • Rear Lip Spoiler

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Safety

Given that the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet is yet to hit the markets, it has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. However, the outgoing model gets tested by the latter in a limited number of fields and scores impressively. With a number of standard features on board including six airbags, traffic sign recognition, and front and rear parking sensors, we expect the convertible to perform similarly with the current MY as well.

Some of the standout safety specifications include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Surround-view Camera
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist
  • Vehicle Exit Warning
  • Rearview Camera

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Competition

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet vs 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

The 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible carries almost a $2,500 premium over the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Though equally efficient, the BMW is slower than the Audi. Both convertibles have a luxuriant cabin design and you get the best-in-class features. The safety suite is comprehensive in both the vehicles but the exterior design is our major point of contestation. BMW’s latest design language with overly large and imposing kidney grille can be polarizing for buyers as compared to the A5’s soberness, making the latter a better choice amongst the two.

2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible and 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet are designed to stand out in a crowd of sedans and SUVs and they do their job, oh so nicely. However, it’s difficult to pinpoint a certain winner amongst the two. While the Audi is the quicker option on offer, the Mercedes-Benz has a better range in a single fuel stop. There is not much to distinguish between the two in terms of their cabin design and safety setups, the C-Class Convertible’s livelier driving dynamics, do give it an unsaid edge over the competitors.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet vs 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

Perhaps, we’d declare the Audi A5 Cabriolet as the certain winner, even with closed eyes in this comparison. The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster is rather impractical and loses out to its contemporary in a number of aspects. Though quicker, the Porsche is less efficient, has lower seating space, and though has higher trunk volume, cargo opening feels constrained. Additionally, it has a lesser number of safety features in comparison and its feature-load and practicality fail to justify its big-budget price tag, making the 2022 A5 Cabriolet, the better choice.

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

 

2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Final Verdict

With cramped rear seats and tiny cargo space, the 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet might not qualify as the most practical option in the segment. However, it aims at targeting a segment of buyers who want to travel in style. The drop-top variant or convertible, as it is more popularly known, checks all the right boxes. It’s undeniably quick, upholds efficiency through its mild-hybrid engine option, and is engaging to drive with its well-defined handling qualities. Furthermore, you do get a luxuriant cabin that feels driver-centric and with the latest and comprehensive versions of the MMI infotainment software and safety systems. The 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet makes for an unquestioned and affordable choice against its direct competitors.