Audi A5 Cabri­o­let

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

WHEN this week’s test car ar­rived I thought the chance to try out its big­gest sell­ing point was go­ing to be lost.

The weather was less than ideal to be test­ing a con­vert­ible. How­ever, two days in and the sun broke through as I was in mid-jour­ney – a chance to also try the Audi A5 Cabri­o­let’s party trick, the abil­ity to drop the roof while on the move (at up to 31 mph) and it was wind in the hair time.

Mind you, another clever trick the A5 drop-top seems to have cracked is keep­ing the wind out of your hair – with the op­tional wind de­flec­tor de­ployed.

Our car was the S line Spe­cial Edi­tion 2.0TDi, which came with lots of good­ies like auto stop, stylish 20in ‘dou­ble spoke’ al­loy wheels, sports sus­pen­sion, Audi’s ‘Con­cert’ audio sys­tem with 10 speak­ers and DAB ra­dio plus an ‘MMI plus’ sat-nav on the large­screen dis­play.

The 2.0 TDI diesel en­gine in our car is the best choice if low run­ning costs are a pri­or­ity, thanks to its 57.6mpg econ­omy on the com­bined cy­cle (64 ex­tra ur­ban) and low enough emis­sions to fall into road tax band D. It puts out 177bhp giv­ing a 0-62 time of 8.8 seconds and top speed is 138mph.

The A5 Cabri­o­let has a range of diesel and petrol en­gines. Even the small 1.8-litre turbo petrol de­liv­ers punchy per­for­mance, but the 2.0-litre turbo or 3.0-litre V6 units have real power. Our en­try-level diesel is a flex­i­ble 2.0-litre, while those 201bhp and 242bhp 3.0-litre units are also avail­able. There is a choice of six-speed man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions and front or four-wheel drive.

Priced at £42,635 on the road (£37,265 with­out the op­tions) I thought the car would have cost more. The cabri­o­let range starts with the 1.8TFSI SE at £32,320 OTR up to the 3.0TDI quat­tro S line spe­cial edi­tion 7-speed S-tronic auto at £46,770.

See www.audi.co.uk.

●● The A5 drop-top

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