STYLING | 9 out of 10
slinky sheet metal
looks even better as a convertible
handsome styling, whether the top's up or down
handsome, fun-to-drive, and oozes class and refinement
Car and Driver
The 2010 Audi A5/Cabriolet is the latest two-door coupe and convertible offering from the German automaker. It uses some of the same systems and components as the latest Audi A4 sedan. For the new model year, the A5 range adds the Cabriolet model and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in either body style. (High Gear Media reviews the high-performance 2010 Audi S5/Cabriolet separately.) The base Audi A5 coupe now starts at $36,825, while the most expensive A5 Cabriolet V-6 checks in at $44,925, including destination charges. The competition for the A5 hardtop and convertible encompasses the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe/Cabriolet, the BMW 3-Series/335i Coupe and Convertible, and the Infiniti G37 Coupe/Convertible.
More of a grand tourer than a sports car, the 2010 Audi A5/Cabriolet is based on what the head of VW/Audi design calls his "most beautiful car" ever. He's probably right; the A5 has a toned, lean look and a delightfully elegant presence that plays surfaces against curved and clipped lines expertly. The face is expressive, and the equally distinctive tail gives it an almost Camaro-like stance from the rear. Quintessential Audi touches include the LED daytime running lights and, new for this year, LED taillights on most versions.
Audi's A5 coupe and convertible earn some of the most favorable styling reviews from TheCarConnection.com and around the Web. Automobile calls it a "Design of the Year," while Jalopnik thinks the hardtop is "simply smashing." The A5's "proportions will please the dandy, sate the sports-car enthusiast, and offend no one," Car and Driver believes, while Edmunds deems it "curvaceous yet muscular." It's no different for the Cabriolet, despite the missing roofline; as Edmunds observes, "There are certain convertibles in which the sun seems to shine a little brighter," and it names the A5 as that convertible. Car and Driver says "there are absolutely no surprises when it comes to the cab's styling: it looks exactly how an A5 sans roof should look," as it admires how "the coupe's beautiful body lines remain pretty much unfettered." Automobile raves,
"as gorgeous as the A5 looks in hardtop form, it looks even better as a convertible," while Motor Trend simply notes the new "Cabriolets offer handsome styling, whether the top's up or down."
The A5's cockpit is equal to the sheetmetal's high design standard. Inside, the 2010 Audi A5/Cabriolet feels lavish and luxurious, with high-grade materials and plenty of attention to small details like the finely graded instruments and the light grace notes of metallic trim on switches and buttons. ConsumerGuide says the interior is "more sporty than luxurious," while Cars.com points out "the A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and aluminum, wood or piano-black dashboard trim." Automobile is of the mind that, "When you open the door [you] find one of the best interiors offered today, for any car at any price." They add, the A5 "a classy driving environment-functional and comfortable, cool but not overstyled."
The 2010 Audi A5 / Cabriolet is a high-water mark for the brand's styling, with expressive sheetmetal and a luxuriously functional cabin.