Audi’s new range-topping convertible, the S5 Cabriolet is now on sale in the UK.
The Audi S5 Cabriolet replaces the S4 Cabriolet as Audi’s largest high performance convertible. A new supercharged V6 petrol engine replaces the old car’s non-turbo V8, providing 328bhp and much improved efficiency.
Fast and (fairly) frugal
The S5 Cabriolet accelerates from standstill to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds and has a top speed limited to 155mph. Yet it still officially returns a claimed combined fuel economy of 29.1mpg, while emitting a restrained (relatively speaking) 224g/km of CO2. That keeps it out of the very highest road tax bracket.
Gear-selection is provided by Audi’s S Tronic semi-automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and seven speeds to choose from. Traction comes via a sophisticated quattro all-wheel drive system. Optional ‘Audi drive select’ features allow fine tuning of the suspension, gearbox, steering and throttle settings, while specifying the sport differential makes the handling more responsive.
Fast-acting roof operates at 31mph
More importantly, since this is a convertible, the S5 Cabriolet comes as standard with an acoustic fabric folding roof. Audi claims this offers almost all of the refinement of the fixed-roof S5, yet it folds away into the boot at the touch of a button in just 15 seconds.
It also takes a mere 17 seconds to come back up again – and since either operation can be performed at speeds of up to 31mph, you can make the best of sunny weather without fear of being caught out by a summer shower.
There’s space on board for four adults, best in class 380-litre luggage capacity (320 litres with the roof down), 19-inch alloy wheels, LED lights and xenon headlamps all as standard. Still, you’d expect plenty of kit as the S5 Cabriolet costs a not inconsiderable £42,245.
Will the S5 Cabriolet prove reliable?
One concern is that the Audi A5 coupé – which forms the basis of the S5 Cabriolet – was ranked the as the least reliable new car in the UK according to the 2009 Which? Car Survey. The chief issues were all electronics-related. That said, Audi customer satisfaction in the same survey was among the best in the business.
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