2017 Audi S5 Convertible

#15
in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL

$61,100

8.1

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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.


7.7/10
Features

 

8.9/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

9.2/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With a base price of $61,100, the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is quick and nimble regardless of its body style. Features like Quattro all wheel drive, adept brakes, precise steering and sharp handling does a significant job in making it a complete car. It has focused both on its drop-top looks and safety techs, updated infotainment systems and a digitally reconfigurable gauge cluster.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Features

7.7/10
Trim S5 cabriolet 3.0 TFSI
MSRP $61,100
Key

 

Features

  • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • 505w Premium Amplifier
  • 14 Speakers
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • Radio: Bang &Olufsen Sound System -inc: Audi music interface w/Lightning adapter cable and Bluetooth wireless technology preparation for mobile phone

The only trim option of 2017 Audi S5 Convertible gets the 3-liter turbocharged V6 engine with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic transmission is standard.

What we recommend

Since the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible features only one trim, that is all the choice you have and it serves as the only recommendation from our side, by default.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Engine

8.9/10
"It’s a confident, secure performer and far better than the car it replaces, but we reckon best practice is to think of the S5 Cabriolet as a top-spec A5 Cabriolet, rather than the ‘sporty one’."  -TopGear

Engine and transmission

The 3-liter turbocharged V6 engine of the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is rated at a horsepower of 333 at 5500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque at 2900 rpm. It is capable of generating plenty of power and it literally vibration-free even when you reach the red line. The 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission aligns perfectly in harmony with the engine and delivers smooth shifts and also manages to respond quickly to the manual commands through the paddle shifters by executing clinically precise rev-matched downshifts.

Models Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E400 convertible
MSRP 61,100 $57,300 $62,600
Engine 3.0L TFSI V6 DOHC 03.0L DOHC 24-Valve 6-Cylinder Turbocharged 3.0L DOHC V6 Biturbo
Transmission 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 333 hp @ 5500 rpm 320 hp @ 5500 rpm 329 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm 330 lb-ft @ 1380 rpm 354 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible outperforms the other two in terms of horsepower output being rated at 333 horsepower at 5500 rpm. It is followed by the Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible with a slightly less 329 horsepower at 5250 rpm and then, the BMW 440i Convertible rated at 320 horsepower at 5500 rpm.

Acceleration

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is seriously quick on the road and has a firm grip on the road as well. Credit goes to its all-wheel drive traction and launch control system that helps it accelerate very swiftly right off the line.

Models Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E400 convertible
0-60 MPH 5.3 sec 5.7 sec 5.2 sec
Quarter mile 13.9 sec 13.8 sec 13.7 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission

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

8.4 7.4 7.6

However, in reaching from 0 to 60 mph, the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible ends up being second as it falls behind by just a millisecond than the Mercedes Benz; the latter doing it in 5.2 seconds while the former falls behind with 5.3 seconds. It is quite closely followed by the BMW 440i that reaches the 60 mph mark in 5.7 seconds.

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible also suffers in terms of emissions with the highest numbers while the BMW stands out as the least emitting vehicle.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible has quite excellent handling capabilities although the steering wheel tends to feel a little numb and struggles with feedback issues. The adaptive damping suspension and Audi Select Drive allows the driver to toggle between different steering, throttle and transmission settings according to the desired need.

Braking

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible doesn't fail to impress with its stopping power, thanks to its beefy front brakes clamped by 6 piston calipers and standard summer tires providing unmatched grip.

Model Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E 400 convertible
Brake Front (in.) 13.6 13.4 12.7
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 13.0 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4310 4110 4044
60-0 MPH (ft.) 105 123 112

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible proves to be the fastest in the bringing the vehicle at halt from 60 mph by covering a distance of just 105 feet. Even the Mercedes Benz impresses with its braking power, although it houses the smallest brakes, and stops the vehicle in just 112 feet. Meanwhile, the BMW ends up being the slowest in slowing down and takes around 123 feet to come to a half from 60 mph.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Fuel Economy

6.7/10

Rated at 18 mpg in the cities, 26 mpg in the highways and 21 mpg combined, the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible proves to be quite thirsty due to its strong engine performance.

Model Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E 400 convertible
MPG (city) 18 21 20
MPG (highway) 26 29 29
MPG (combined) 21 24 23

The BMW and the Mercedes Benz share an equal of 29 mpg in the highways; however, the BMW does better in cities with 21 mpg and in combined as well with 24 mpg up against the 20 mpg and 23 mpg of the Mercedes Benz in cities and combined respectively. On the other, we have the least efficient 2017 Audi S5 Convertible with the lowest rates of 18 mpg in the cities, 26 mpg in the highways and 21 mpg combined.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Interior

8.0/10
"The cabin is excellent, as you’d expect, and wind and road noise are both well managed. As you’re roof-up for 11 months of the year, this is most welcome." -TopGear

Seating and comfort

The interiors of the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible are dominated by the use of high-quality materials that exerts expensive and luxurious vibes from the minute to step inside. The ergonomically friendly design has a top-notch finish. While the driver and front passenger seats are quite roomy and comfortable, the rear passenger may feel the lack of space.

Model Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E 400 convertible
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.0/54.3/41.3 40.4/55.3/42.2 38.3/54.1/42.0
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.3/46.8/31.9 37.1/49.8/33.1 36.2/47.8/30.1

The BMW 440i has the most generous front seat headroom and the legroom. While the Mercedes Benz lacks in the headroom, it is the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible that has the least legroom.

In terms of rear passengers as well, the BMW dominates the most spacious headroom and legroom. Meanwhile, the Mercedes suffers both in terms of headroom and legroom.

Interior Feature

  • 8-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats with multi-level heating
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with transmission and audio controls
  • Universal remote transmitter and keyless ignition
  • Three zone climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • 2 one touch power windows
  • External temperature display

Infotainment

The MMI infotainment system of the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible has a well-designed interface in terms of responsiveness and menu structure.

  • 12 Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
  • 505 watts stereo output
  • USB with external media control
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo
  • 12 Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
  • 505 watts stereo output
  • USB with external media control
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo

You can choose the Audi Connect system which supports Wi-Fi connectivity to up to 8 devices and also feature Google Earth mapping.

Cargo

One problem with the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is that it prioritizes style over practicality as it features small trunk spaces. There is a lack of interior storage as well.

Model Audi S5 cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E 400 convertible
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 10.2 7.8 8.8

However, in comparison to its competitions, the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible has the most accommodating cargo space of 10.2 cubic feet up against the 8.8 cubic feet of Mercedes Benz and 7.8 cubic feet of BMW.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Exterior

9.2/10
"The S5 has a fully electronic top that can be lowered with one touch in just 15 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. With the top up, you'd never know you were in a convertible; the feeling of insulation is incredible."  - Maxim

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible has a performance-oriented body styling that gives it an aggressive edge over its convertible rivals. Dimension-wise, it's a pretty well-balanced car.

Model Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI BMW 440i convertible Mercedes Benz E 400 convertible
Curb weight (lbs.) 4310 4110 4044
Length(in) 182.7 182.6 185.0
Width(in) 73.0 71.9 70.3
Height(in) 54.3 54.5 55.0
Ground clearance (in) 4.4 5.1 4.8
Wheelbase (in) 108.3 110.6 108.7
Track width (in) F/R 62.5/62.0 60.8/62.8 60.8/60.6

Other than being the heaviest, shortest in height and largest in width, the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible has the least ground clearance and wheelbase, and also the most track width. The BMW 440i is the shortest in length and has the largest ground clearance and wheelbase. last but not the least, the Mercedes Benz weighs the lightest among the three, in the longest length-wise, least wide and is the tallest of all as well.

Exterior Features

  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog and driving lights
  • Audi beam-rings
  • Delete front license plate holder
  • Paint protection film
  • Supercharged badges
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog and driving lights
  • Audi beam-rings
  • Delete front license plate holder
  • Paint protection film
  • Supercharged badges

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Safety

Safety Features

The safety feature set of the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking and rearview camera with parking sensors.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension, Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the car.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Competition

Audi S5 vs BMW 440i Convertible

Cruising in the BMW 440i Convertible will give you the true feeling of a luxury sports car. The ravishing 3 liter 6 cylinder engine doesn't compromise with the interior quietness. The styling is expensively tailored and the dependable chassis is always up for both athletic and relaxed driving moods.

Up against the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible, it has a slightly lower engine output and acceleration performance and suffers terribly in terms of braking. However, it does have excellent fuel efficiency ratings and larger interiors although it lacks in cargo space.

Audi S5 vs Mercedes Benz E 400 Convertible

The Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible caters to the demands of those who seek for a luxurious yet powerful convertible with immaculate ride quality. It drains power from the 3 liter bi-turbo V6 engine and is complemented by its excellent braking and nicely weighted steering.

In comparison with the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible, we see that the Mercedes lacks a little behind in engine output but recovers significantly with better acceleration, falls behind in its braking power, but maintains a better fuel economy. Lastly, it lacks interior spacing and cargo volume as well.

2017 Audi S5 Convertible Final Verdict

The 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is a pretty powerful car as its engine output is quite outstanding with quick acceleration and braking. it has a defendable grip on the road, thanks to its precise handling. Plus, the hardtop gives it an edge in terms of its looks.

The lack of significant features can be felt and it undermines the overall styling of the car. It hampers practicality as well due to its cramped rear passenger seats and lesser cargo space.

All we can say about the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible is that in comparison with its rivals, its moderately pricey and has an average performance. What we would recommend is that you wait out until the next model is out in the market. It will come along with the necessary improvements and added perks, and that's when the 2017 Audi S5 Convertible will undoubtedly become the first choice for convertible lovers!

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?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 2900 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

73 in.

height

54.3 in.

curb weight

4310 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

882 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

418.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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Sepang Blue Pearl Effect

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

8.9

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.2

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.8

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Audi S5 Convertible 2dr Convertible

2dr Convertible

power
333 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$61,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 7AM) Starting at $61,100 MSRP (18/21/26) 333 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 4 NA