2011 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2011 Audi A5 2-door Cabriolet Auto FrontTrak Premium Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2011 Audi A5 2-door Cabriolet Auto FrontTrak Premium Side Exterior View2011 Audi A5
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Quick Specs
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MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class  
SubcompactCompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus4-Door Sedan 328i RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
ManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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