2012 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi A5 2-door Coupe Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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.

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8.4
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
8.4
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.
7.6
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.
8.2
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.
MSRP From   
$37,100$34,900$41,190$49,800
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV250C 2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
CoupeSedanConvertibleCoupe
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic