As a complement to the Audi A4, the German carmaker’s best-selling model, the A5 was introduced in 2007 as the “middle-ground” between the compact A4 and midsize A6.But the A5 is no longer a go-between. It now has a unique identity in the Audi lineup, albeit with a cumbersome proper name.The A5 I had for my weekly driver must have set an unofficial record as the car with the longest name: 2010 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro Tiptronic Cabriolet. It’s unlikely many drivers could or would want to call the new convertible offering by its full name.
But other than a much-needed catchy acronym (how about A5?), nothing else should be forgotten about the new Audi. It’s proven so popular, it’s now available in 14 configurations, with a vast range of prices.
My test drive for the week, for example, had a base price of more than $15,000 less than the out-the-door price. The major culprit was the $8,300 “Prestige Model” that adds 13 features to the car — a Bang & Olufsen sound system to keyless start and Xenon headlights and a navigation system with a rear detection camera. Six other options catapulted the price into the $60,000 plateau. That’s luxury car status in a sports car.
Convertible top’s ease of use. Push a button, it’s done.
Sporty luxury. Often an oxymoron. Not with the A5.
Handling is tight, aggressive, and confident.
Sound system. Costly but quality.
Nice color coordination: Exterior, deep sea pearl with black roof; Interior, cinnamon brown.
Multi-Media Interface still needs improvement. Too many steps required for what should be simple air-conditioning, heat, etc., functions.
Price. Great base price, expensive options.
Limited back seats.
Facts & Figures: 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet
Airbags: Dual front, front side and side curtain (standard).
Fuel economy (EPA estimates) 20 mpg (city), 26 mpg (hwy).
Government Safety Ratings — Not rated
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $44,100.00
Price As tested: $61,800.00
Warranty: Bumper to bumper, 4 years/50,000 miles; Powertrain, 4 years/50,000 miles; Corrosion: 12 years/unlimited miles; Roadside assistance, 4 years/unlimited miles.
Web site: www.audiusa.com
What Others Say:
“Audi’s coupe is handsome, fun-to-drive, and oozes class and refinement. Quick on its feet and responsive in V-6 guise, the A5 drives as good as it looks. The beautiful interior has excellent ergonomics but a smallish backseat. All-wheel drive makes the A5 a foul-weather friend.” —- Car and Driver.com
“It’s practical and comfortable enough for everyday driving with enough style and performance to make a statement.” —- Forbes.com
“Beautifully sleek and beautifully detailed, the A5 cabriolet delivers the top-down style you expect from a convertible without compromising the everyday utility you must have from a car that can carry four passengers.” —- Edmunds.com
The Weekly Driver’s Final Words:
“It’s not easy to find a sporty convertible without some compromise. The Audi A5 Cabriolet gives up nothing in comfort, styling and performance. Plain and simply, it’s a great ride, top up or down.”