2017 Audi A5 Convertible

#7
in Compact convertibles
2017 MODEL

$48,600

8.3

Overall Rating

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Overview

At the first glance you'd recognize the Audi's distinctive timeless styling, with the big grille adorned with four overlapped rings in the front. The A5 convertible is the most aesthetic and versatile drop-tops in the price range. Add plush interiors and a powerful engine, and you get your dream car in a tidy German package to drive down sunny California boulevards or cruise through the canyon.

Starting at $48,600, the 2.0L turbo four banger is a perfect companion for your journeys. Sadly the convertible cannot be optioned with a manual transmission, but the 8-speed automatic is smooth enough to make you forget the need for a manual.

It's not just Audi who makes a good looking convertible. Against the German trio, the BMW 4-series convertible and the Mercedes C-class cabriolet, it almost seems like the DTM for drop-tops. Let's compare them and see who wins this rivalry.

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Pros

Timeless exterior design

Elegant and dignified interior

Dynamic handling and comfortable ride

Decent rear seating space

Cons

Major redesign due in 2018

Lacks muscle unlike the BMW

What's New?

Audi's virtual cockpit system

Automated emergency braking

Adaptive cruise control

Traffic jam assistance


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48600

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

129 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated front disc/13.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

73 in.

height

54.4 in.

curb weight

4046 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

882 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

159 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

464 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Sepang Blue Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Misano Red Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Ibis White color  2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Florett Silver Metallic color  2017 Audi A5 Convertible in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color
Sepang Blue Pearl Effect

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.9

Safety

8.6

Driving

8.6

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Audi A5 Convertible Sport

Sport

Fuel: Flex-fuel (premium unleaded recommended/e85), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$48,600

Configurations
Sport quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (21/24/29)
HP: 220-hp @ 4,450 rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,500 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 3, 2018

8.3

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 

8.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

At the first glance you’d recognize the Audi’s distinctive timeless styling, with the big grille adorned with four overlapped rings in the front. The A5 convertible is the most aesthetic and versatile drop-tops in the price range. Add plush interiors and a powerful engine, and you get your dream car in a tidy German package to drive down sunny California boulevards or cruise through the canyon.

Starting at $48,600, the 2.0L turbo four-banger is a perfect companion for your journeys. Sadly the convertible cannot be optioned with a manual transmission, but the 8-speed automatic is smooth enough to make you forget the need for a manual.

It’s not just Audi who makes a good looking convertible. Against the German trio, the BMW 4-series convertible and the Mercedes C-class cabriolet, it almost seems like the DTM for drop-tops. Let’s compare them and see who wins this rivalry.

Features

7.8/10

It is available in two trims which are Sport manual and Sport tiptonic which is basically automatic transmiss made by Audi.

Trim

Sport Manual

Sport Tiptronic

MSRP

$41,150

$42,150

Key

Features

  • Aluminum Wheels w/Silver Accents
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Aluminum Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Aluminum Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power front seats (includes power front headrests) and 4-way power lumber adjustment for driver
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cigar Lighter(s)

We Recommend

Sport Automatic proves better than the manual as it increases efficiency at a marginal cost.

Engine

8.2/10
Steering response is good in the A5, and its base suspension setup is quite capable, though it's tuned for comfort, not speed. Its ride is well-composed and responsive enough without feeling harsh; opt for the S line package for something a bit stiffer and somewhat sharper-handling. - Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

Under the sleek hood, you’ll find a 2.0-Liter inline four-banger which produces 220 horsepower channeled through an 8-speed automatic gearbox to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The minute you put the pedal down, you get effortless power at the wheels. The convertible may disappoint the enthusiast within you, as it doesn’t come equipped with a 6-speed manual found in the Coupe.

Models

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

MSRP

$48,600

$52,300

$52,895

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

220hp

248hp

241hp

Torque

258 lb.-ft.

258 lb.-ft.

273 lb.-ft.

The 8-speed automatic is refined and dynamic, while the all-wheel-drive instills confidence. 220 horses feel lacking in the modern convertible compared to the German siblings such as the much more capable BMW 4-series convertible, where the main focus is a fun and punchy power delivery.

Acceleration

The A5 convertible launches to a mile-a-minute from a standstill in just 6.3 seconds. The low rpm torque really pushes you back into your seat, but the power band flats out at a higher rpm. Unlike the sportier S5 or the performance-oriented RS5, the A5 is tamed and docile.

Models

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.9 sec

14.2 sec

14.6 sec

Engine

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

6.6

7.1

Alongside the A5 you’d find the Mercedes’ C300 Cabriolet reaching 60 mph at the same time, while the BMW 430i pulls ahead with its stronger engine.

Ride and Handling

With an improved multi-link suspension and a stiffer chassis, the 2017 A5 convertible has a much better ride quality than the previous model. The optional adaptive dampers and sport suspensions slightly stiffen up the ride but make your daily commute sportier by keeping the convertible planted to the tarmac.

The optional dynamic steering mimics the intuitive steering usually found in high-end supercars, which varies the gear ratio based on your speed and steering angle. It has been specifically designed to give the driver optimum feedback and can be adjusted based on the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Braking

Despite the added weight from the convertible roof, the A5 maintains the firm braking integrity we’ve seen in the coupe. Features like the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is equipped with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist to keep the brake smooth and jerk-free, even in emergencies.

Model

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13.0

13

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4046

4,211

3,957

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

NA

109

Bigger brake discs on the competition, however, doesn’t translate into a shorter stopping distance. It might be due to the heavier curb weight of the BMW, but even the lighter Mercedes stops 5 feet further than the Audi.

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The compact 4-seater drop-top is great for cruising along long stretches of the highway with the wind rushing through your hair, and it goes easy on your pockets too. Despite the lack of fancy features like electric motors or engine start-stop or cylinder deactivation, you get amazing mileage in this machine.

Model

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

MPG (city)

21

22

22

MPG (highway)

29

32

29

MPG (combined)

24

26

25

However, the competition here is still a step ahead, with slightly better fuel economy in both the BMW and the Mercedes. The BMW has a whopping highway mileage if 32 miles to the gallon, almost unheard of from such a good performing engine.

Interior

8.0/10
Its interior has stood the test of time and continues to impress with its elegant simplicity and excellent materials. Most controls are logically placed and all buttons and knobs have a quality feel. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 4-seater 2-door convertible is spacious enough to seat full grown adults even in the rear seats, although 6-footers may feel claustrophobic as you pull the roof up. The leather seats incorporate 10-way adjustable as well as 4-way lumbar support for the driver. The flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering can be adjusted manually according to the driver’s ergonomics and you’d find shift pedals at your fingertips.

Model

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40/54.3/41.3

40.4/55.3/42.2

38.8/54.8/42

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.3/46.9/31.9

37.1/49.8/33.1

35.6/51.7/32

The three-zone climate control keeps you cozy inside, and when you drop the roof, the wind deflector keeps the wind noise out of the cabin. The cockpit is adorned with quality materials, like gleaming metal, exquisite wood, and supple leather, however, you’d find Alcantara and carbon fiber inlays only on the RS5 model.

Infotainment System

The Audi’s convertible is full to the brim with high-end features and technologies at the price range. With a 10-speaker system, upgradable to a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, the Audi could make it feel like a concert within your car. The integrated driver information system with Bluetooth compatibility.

On the steering, you’d find the cruise and audio controls at your thumb’s reach. However, with a major update around the corner, we could see Audi bringing much more to the table.

Interior Features

The notable features Audi has included inside this convertible are:

  • Cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features
  • Parking system plus (front and rear acoustic sensors)
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • Tilt and telescopic manually adjustable steering column
  • Ten-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver
  • Split folding rear seatbacks
  • Folding and sliding front center armrest with height adjustment

Trunk Volume

The trunk space suffers from the cloth roof being stowed away in the rear, however, you can fold the rear seats down and increase the space to stow luggage. The trunk opening is a bit awkward, making it difficult to effectively utilize its full potential.

Model

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 340i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

10.2

7.8

8.8

In comparison, the Mercedes and the BMW provide you with less room for your luggage, proving that the Audi is indeed the more practical convertible of the bunch.

Exterior

8.9/10
It's one of the most attractive (and often imitated) designs on the market—offering a look that's handsome, elegant, and understated, with an interior that truly matches the exterior. - Car Connection

Dimensions and Weight

The Audi’s A5 is arguably one of the best-designed convertibles in the market, as it maintains the proportion and styling of the coupe even in the soft top format. The roof takes 15 seconds to fold down even when cruising at speed up to 31 mph. The daytime running front LEDs give the stylish design an aggressive demeanor.

Model

Audi A5 Convertible

BMW 430i xDrive Convertible

Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC Cabriolet

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,046

4,211

3,957

Length(in)

182.1

182.6

184.5

Width(in)

73.0

71.9

71.3

Height(in)

54.4

55.1

55.5

Ground clearance (in)

NA

5.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

108.3

110.6

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

62.6/62.1

60.8/62.8

61.5/60.8

The A5 sits lower and wider than both the BMW and Merc, which gives it an imposing road presence. As you drive through the city with the roof down, this convertible is sure to turn heads. The A5 inherits the muscle car-like haunches on the fenders from the sportier S5 and RS5, with the distinct sharp body lines flowing through the side profile of the convertible.

Exterior Features

Features you'd find on the outside of this Audi convertible are:

  • 18-inch Audi Sport 10-spoke design wheels with all-season tires
  • Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Power-adjustable heated exterior side mirrors
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Dual exhaust outlets

Safety

8.6/10

The 2017 Audi A5 has not been rated by NHTSA and IIHS yet. However, the Audi has added a list of trusted features which could potentially save your life, such as:

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, knee airbags, and front head/thorax side airbags
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Active rollover protection system
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats (Lower Anchors only on Convertible)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake pressure Distribution and brake assist
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Electromechanical parking brake

Competition

2017 Audi A5 Convertible vs 2017 BMW 430i Convertible

The 430i xDrive convertible is a powerful drop-top from BMW with striking front kidney grilles and double Xenon headlamps. It comes with a hardtop, unlike the A5, which provides you not only better sound deadening, but also better torsional chassis rigidity which means you can corner better at higher speeds. The Interior is a notch above the Audi, with better connectivity and infotainment features. We think that Audi’s update in 2018 will bring the A5 up to speed with the BMW 430i convertible.

2017 Audi A5 Convertible vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-class Cabriolet

Silver arrow drop top with the iconic diamond front grille and bold curves flowing across the side, accompanied with chrome accents makes the C300 cabriolet a head-turner. The interior is plush and ergonomically designed to impress. The infotainment is second to none and rivals the technological advancements found in the BMW. The fuel-efficient cabriolet makes its case with a better performing engine compared to the A5 and thus placing it above the rest.

Final Verdict

The A5 hasn’t lost its charm with age but antiquity shows when you look hard enough. With a major redesign due in 2018, we’re sure Audi will make up for the lost time, but nonetheless A5 convertible still manages to hold its own against the trio. The infotainment isn’t futuristic, it gets the job done, and the interior is functional and comfortable, nothing frivolous like the Mercedes. The drive quality is elegant when you need it and dynamic when you push it, but tamed compared to the burnout-friendly BMW. The A5 convertible is at the brink of change, we advise you to wait a few months to see what Audi has in planned out.

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