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2012 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

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2012 Audi A5 2-door Coupe Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
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The 2012 Audi A5 is one of very few four-seat convertibles with all-cloth folding tops, along with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet.

The rest offer folding hardtops, including the pleasingly-shaped BMW 3-Series.

The two Japanese luxury makes are newcomers in this arena; the Lexus IS 250C may have more space inside, while the newer Infiniti G37 convertible seems to have more appealing lines with the top down.

2012 Audi A5 2-door Coupe Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A52012 BMW 3-Series2012 BMW 3-Series2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible2011 Lexus IS 250C 2-door Convertible Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus IS 250C2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch
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The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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The Infiniti G37 Convertible doesn't suffer the usual styling compromises, but it's a little less exciting to drive than its Coupe cousin.
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The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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$37,100Browse Used Listings$34,900Browse Used Listings$46,650Browse Used Listings$41,190Browse Used Listings$49,800Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSubcompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base250C 2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic
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