The 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet Convertible is the brand's drop-top version of the popular A5 Coupe. There is nothing about the coupe's poise and style that is lost in translation. The Cabriolet offers similar power, handling, and proportions, and even the coveted all-wheel drive option is available.
The Audi A5 comes powered by a 2.0 liter inline-4 engine which produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Although that is plenty power to satisfy most drivers, some do say that it lacks the acceleration of others in its class. Still, having an eight-speed automatic transmission does have its advantages. The handling is precise, confident and sporty; some reviewers say it was like the car was "on rails." The four-wheel independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars ensure a smooth ride for all passengers.
The 2012 A5 Cabriolet manages to keep nearly the same proportions as the Coupe, which makes it by far one of the best looking convertibles on the road today. The cabin is equally as gorgeous as well. The only difference is that the rear seats have been tweaked, but the side windows still roll down and there is an optional wind guard that can be used while driving without rear seat passengers. The interior is well designed, except the optional navigation screen sits at an angle precisely calculated to deliver maximum glare to the driver while the top is down. Additionally, Audi is usually good about offering an acceptable range of interior colors and trims to select from, but the A5 Cabriolet's interior only comes in stoic black or brown. One would expect more, given the price point.
Neither the government nor the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety have crash tested the A5 Cabriolet, but it comes with as many airbags as will fit, along with electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes. Some safety features are optional, such as adaptive cruise control and side assist, and there is even the option to add on a blind spot warning system, which anyone can appreciate. It should also be noted that when equipped with the Sport package, the Audi A5 Cabriolet can brake from 60 mph in only 108 feet, which is incredibly impressive. Even without this package, braking to zero only takes 117 feet.
The 2012 Audi A5 cabriolet offers great style, ample power, frugal fuel-economy and sporty handling in a fun, drop-top package. It provides a balance that few other car manufacturers can match, and despite the relatively high price, it is a good value.