What is it?
This is the new Audi A5 2.0 TDI Cabriolet, expected to be the best-selling version of this new drop-top Audi. The Audi A5 2.0 TDI Cabriolet combines the company’s refined common-rail 168bhp four-cylinder diesel with elegant drop-top bodywork, a conversion that reduces seating from five to four in return for the provision of a stylish fabric hood that descends in only 15 seconds, and rises in 17sec.
The Audi A5 2.0 TDI Cabriolet’s weight climbs by 187kg over its saloon counterpart, inevitably blunting the diesel’s performance, but the 9.3sec claimed for the sprint to 62mph is brisk enough for most cabriolet usage. Mercedes-style neck-level heating is standard fit and the Audi has a bigger boot, roof down, than its rivals, making it slightly more practical, despite a back bench that could use a little more elbow room.
What’s it like?
The Audi A5 2.0 TDI Cabriolet is brisker than you’d think, given the weight penalty and the fact that this is quite a big car. A fat slug of low-end torque is enough to get this Audi surfing along with an effortlessness that suits its demeanour.
Mid-range acceleration is even solid enough to have the steering wheel freeze slightly at the effort. The rim also goes rather light when you’ve wound some lock on, which feels odd and less-than-sporty.