2012 Audi A5 Review

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John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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

The 2012 Audi A5 is widely acknowledged to be one of the handsomest Audis sold, and many reviewers just give it the superlative without qualification. Certainly its designer, Walter d'Silva, said it was the most beautiful car he'd ever drawn.

The A5 Coupe is elegant and striking, especially in Audi's characteristic white color. Then, when you lop off the roof, the open-air A5 Cabriolet adds a dash of decadence to the design. If we were spending more than $40,000 on a two-door luxury car from Audi, we'd want it to be the convertible.

In either guise, the Audi A5 is a boulevard cruiser--what we used to call a grand touring car--at its heart. It's meant for two people and some weekend luggage, though the back seat is useful for short trips, snug but not cruel for those passengers. The finely finished interior is laid out well, and Audi's controls always seem to feel lighter than those in its rivals.

The convertible is our choice here. The top lowers quickly and provides well-insulated interior space when it's up. It blurs the roofline and eats into rear-seat space, what there is of it, but when the weather is right it subdues all those complaints.

All A5 models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, even the Cabrio with quattro all-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual can be replaced by an 8-speed automatic. The Audi A5 range produces EPA gas-mileage ratings in the mid 20s--adequate if hardly at economy car levels. No hybrid or clean-diesel variants are offered in the States, sadly,

In base trim, the A5 is well-equipped, and should be at a base price of more than $40,000. The options list is long. In fact, the only real option missing is the box to tick that will guarantee sunshine, balmy breezes, and clear roads ahead when you drop the top.

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April 28, 2015
2015 Audi A5 2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus

Glad we bought this car over others like BMW and Mercedes.

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The Audi A5 cabriolet feels like a safe and substantial car. Acceleration is fine for any travel requirement but definitely not to be confused with a performance car. The handling and ride are both excellent... + More »
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April 19, 2015
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Love my A5 Cab

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I located a CPO 2015 A5 Cabriolet with less than 2K miles and picked it up a few weeks ago. The car is Cuvee Silver with a Brown Top and Brown/Black interior. It looks and drives amazing...a significant... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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great car for an exciting driving experience.

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Fun car to drive. Great interior, excellent handling. Stunning body lines.
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