2011 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2011 Audi A5 2-door Cabriolet Auto FrontTrak Premium Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Four-seat convertibles can be split into two groups: soft-tops and folding hardtops.

The Audi A5 Cabriolet’s German kin include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, which also chooses a soft top over a folding hardtop to keep complexity down.

The remaining vehicles are offered as hardtop convertibles, and the BMW 3-Series Convertible has one of the more pleasing shapes, to go with its tenacious handling.

Both Japanese convertibles are relatively new to the field; the Infiniti’s top-down looks seem superior, while the Lexus’ interior room may offer a bit more space.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet bear one of the most elegant bodies in autodom, and drive with a light, easy touch.
8.4
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
7.6
The 2011 Lexus IS C convertibles aren’t sports-car edgy, but they offer the practicality and refinement of cruise convertibles with a little more sportiness.
8.2
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
MSRP From   
$36,900$34,600$41,190$48,850
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
SubcompactCompactSubcompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV250C 2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
Drivetrain   
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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