Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Unsurprisingly, the Audi A5 Cabriolet commands a small premium over an equivalent A5 Coupé. The best-selling variant is likely to be the diesel; this may look a little pricey compared with some rivals, but some of that premium is offset by an automatic gearbox being standard across the range.
For those looking to run an A5 Cabriolet as a company car, CO2 emissions will be just as important, and it’s good news here – the 40 TDI diesel emits 113g/km, placing it in the same Benefit-in-Kind bracket as the cleanest BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
All models come with xenon headlights, a 7.0in colour infotainment screen with a DAB radio and sat-nav, three-zone climate control and front and rear parking sensors. S line is largely an appearance package, so unless you fall in love with the racier looks it gives you, we’d stick to entry-level Sport trim. Range-topping Vorsprung trim, meanwhile, adds almost everything you can find in the Audi options list. Because of that, though, it’s considerably more impressive and not recommendable.
Audi as a brand didn’t perform particularly well in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 20th place out of 31 manufacturers. Still, that’s a better showing than both BMW and Mercedes could manage.
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