2013 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi A5 Cabriolet
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi A5 offers either a sleek coupe or convertible body with a choice of four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines.

It's a huge variety that's unmatched by most of the competition, but some competitors come close.

The Mercedes C-Class is only offered as a coupe, but it's in lockstep with the A5 in offering all those engines as well as fluid handling and optional all-wheel drive.

The BMW 1-Series isn't as good a choice--it's smaller, not as attractive, and expensive--but BMW's 3-Series Coupe and Convertible haven't yet made an appearance for the 2013 model year, though the sedan was new in 2012.

The Infiniti G lineup has a coupe and a hardtop convertible, but performance isn't on par with the hottest RS5.

Cadillac's CTS lineup lacks a convertible model, but the sexy Coupe comes in fire-breathing CTS-V form.

Finally, the laggard Lexus IS has a Cabriolet with a choice in powerplants, but in either form, the heavy folding hardtop makes it a sluggish, soft-handling also-ran.

2013 Audi A5 Cabriolet2013 Audi A5
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2013 BMW 1-Series Coupe2013 BMW 1-Series
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2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon2013 Cadillac CTS
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2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan C250 Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2011 Lexus IS 250C 2-door Convertible Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus IS 350C
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Quick Specs
A pretty, talented family of coupes and convertibles, the A5 lineup ranges from the black-sheep CVT Cabrio to the unabashedly awesome RS5.
The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness.
Strikingly handsome, fun to drive, well-built, and competitive on pricing and features, the 2013 Cadillac CTS continues the brand's good reputation.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
A strong powertrain, usable backseat, and tight retractable hardtop make the 2012 Lexus IS 350C very enjoyable, even if it feels somewhat conservative.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact CarsCompactSubcompact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD350C 2-Door Convertible
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe4 Door SedanConvertible
ManualManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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