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Audi A5 CABRIOLET S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic

Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
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Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
Audi A5 S5 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG35.30
  • 0-62mph5.1 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02181 g/km
  • BHP354
  • Torque369 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

In second generation form, Audi's S5 Cabriolet has become a far more credible contender in the premium-badged convertible performance segment. Buyers get a significantly more sophisticated package this time round, one featuring improved quattro 4WD, a quick-shifting 8-speed sports automatic and a potent turbocharged 354PS 3.0-litre V6 beneath the bonnet. It's still perhaps, not the most engaging car of this kind you can buy, but what's been delivered here is a very complete proposition indeed.

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Audi's S5 is another very desirable sporting Audi, especially in this Cabriolet form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

The original Audi S5 Cabriolet was a potent performance convertible model that was fast, subtle but rather too easy to ignore in the face of more dynamic, involving alternatives. This second generation version needed to up its game - and all the signs are that it has. Audi calls what's on offer here an 'intelligent evolution', but in actual fact, this MK2 model has been completely re-designed from the ground up. A completely new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine developing 354PS is bolted to a lighter, stiffer MLB chassis. As is a new 8-speed Tiptronic set-up that works with the latest, more driver-orientated version of Audi's quattro 4WD system. All four elements have apparently been tuned to create the kind of really driver-orientated feel that was previously missing. Plus it's all been matched to state-of-the-art cabin quality, class-leading media connectivity and the possibility of using over thirty separate driving assistance systems.

Driving Experience

At the wheel of a model like this, you can see why Audi has in recent times achieved so much, so quickly. It's not perfect (the steering for example, could be sharper) but overall, let us try and define for you just why this car works as well as it does - starting with the engine. In the Cabriolet version, it's the same turbocharged 354PS 3.0-litre V6 TFSI unit used in the Audi S4, the difference being that in this open-topped model at least, you can enjoy the aural experience all the more, the eager crisp engine's snarling howl reverberating from buildings, bridges and trees every time you flick down a couple of cogs via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. These shifters are standard in this Cabrio which uses an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It ensures that you don't have to be an Audi test driver to replicate the quoted performance figures - rest to sixty in 5.1s in this soft-top model, on the way to an artificially limited top speed of 155mph. Quattro four wheel drive is standard of course - a major advantage over BMW and Mercedes rivals - a system that today directs 60% of torque to the back wheels but, if conditions demand, can send up to 85% of power to the back or, if necessary, as much as 70% to the front.. You can also pay extra for the quattro Sport differential which sharpens cornering by speeding up the outside rear wheel relative to the inside one to help point the car into a bend. Adaptive damping's optional.

Design and Build

Audi has been careful to keep its sporting models both smart and subtle. So S5 buyers get just enough to differentiate their cars from humbler A5 models. The wheelarches house large 19-inch rims. These feature 'S5'-branded black brake callipers, one of the small differentiators that separate the profile aesthetics of the car from those of any ordinary 'S Line'-branded A5 cabriolet. Other unique touches include aluminium-effect door mirror housings, chrome trim on the door handles and, lower down, textured black sill trim tops. Inside, the three-spoke sports steering wheel is bespoke. And another unique touch lies with the brilliant 'S' Super Sport nappa leather-trimmed seats that feature a lovely quilted finish and pronounced side bolsters. Otherwise, apart from lovely alcantara trimming on the doors and a few elements of S-branding, the ambience is exactly as it would be in any plushly-specified A5 Cabriolet model. The acoustic fabric soft top fits as perfectly as you would expect and can be operated with a useful one-touch opening function (why has no one done that before?). Here, a flick of the switch is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. When the top is down, bootspace reduces by 60-litres. When it's up, you get the same 380-litre capacity that the previous generation model could offer.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget of around £52,000 for a Cabriolet S5, though you can save around £5,000 on that by going for the Coupe or Sportback versions of this model. On to the S5 value proposition in comparison to rival brands. We'd say that the Cabriolet version of the Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC is the most direct rival to this car as it's the only precisely-matched competitor that also offers 4WD. The Mercedes is just as fast as this Audi, fractionally more powerful, a touch more expensive but, perhaps most significantly, will cost you about 10% more to run. Otherwise, you're looking at rear wheel drive alternatives - probably something like the Convertible version of BMW's 440i M Sport, a model that's fractionally cheaper and a car that all the magazines will tell you is better driver's choice. We wouldn't argue with that but we'd also point out that the BMW is around 30PS down on this Audi, so takes nearly half a second longer to get from rest to 62mph - at least in the dry. In the wet, quite frankly, a 440i driver wouldn't see which way this S5 went.

Cost of Ownership

You might think that the turbocharged V6 in this Audi is no eco-warrior - expect 36.2mpg on the combined cycle fuel and CO2 emissions of 177g/km of CO2. Insurance is predictably expensive at group 42E. What else? What about maintenance? Service intervals will vary between 9,000 and 19,000 miles, depending on how hard you drive the car; somewhere in that span, the need for an impending garage visit will flash up in the instrument binnacle. In fact, this car can even book its own service appointments via an 'Audi connect safety and service' system app. On to the warranty. All contenders in this class get three years of cover but whereas you won't get your mileage limited in this period if you opt for something made by BMW or Mercedes, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost warranty packages can extend the cover to either four years and 75,000 miles or five years and 90,000 miles. If the worst happens and the car breaks down, there's free roadside assistance included for the first 36 months of ownership.

Summary

You could drive an S5 Cabriolet for the whole of its motoring life without suspecting the beast that lies beneath its bodywork. Some owners will - and that's a pity for this Audi's split personality can also promise a remarkably agile driver's car. True, it isn't quite as track-focused as a BMW M4 Convertible, but then, it isn't as expensive to buy or to run either. As an ownership proposition, it's quite simply a more complete choice that sounds great, looks brilliant and is quite beautifully engineered. Audi's S badge always delivered a special experience. Now it's a properly sporting one too.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Audi drive select
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi smartphone interface
Colour driver's information system display
Electric boot release
Electro-mechanical PAS
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
Mobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
Seat belt microphone
Service interval indicator
Voice control system
Entertainment
Audi sound system
CD player
DAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller
Two SDXC card slots
Exterior Features
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Solid paint
Air inlets in titanium black
Aluminium door mirror housings
Auto dimming rear view mirror with acoustic windscreen
Body colour bumpers
Body colour rear spoiler
Chrome door handles
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front windows
Front fog lights
Fully automatic acoustic hood
Headlight washers
Heat insulated glass
High beam assistant
Rain and light sensors
S body styling
Twilight grey matt radiator grille in aluminium silver matt inlay
Twilight grey matt rear diffuser
Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes x2
Interior Features
3 spoke leather multifunction S Line steering wheel including paddle shift controls
Electric front seats
Heated front seats
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
'S' instrument dials
2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
Adjustable steering column
Automatic tri-zone climate control
Black headlining
Boot mat
Centre console with cupholders
Electric lumbar support
Fine Nappa leather upholstery
Front centre armrest
Front head restraints
Front/rear floor mats
Illuminated door sills
Isofix front passenger and rear seat preparation
Jack and tool kit
Massage function for front seats
Rear headrests
Rear seat storage trays
Split folding rear seat
Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
Super sports seats
Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
Packs
LED interior light pack - A5/RS5
Extended interior upholstery pack - A5/RS5
Non Smokers pack
Safety
Black painted brake calipers
ABS
ASR
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Enhanced braking system
ESP + traction control
First aid kit
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill hold function
Multi-Collision braking
Pre-sense city emergency braking system
Seatbelt warning
Side airbags
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle
Technical
S5 sports suspension
Trim
Matt brushed aluminium inlays
Security
Anti theft system
Immobiliser
Keyless Start
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Wheels
19" 5 spoke cavo design alloy wheels in part polished/contrast grey finish
Space saver spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 181
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2995
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery SUPERCHARGER
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 35.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 43.5
EC Urban (mpg) 26.9
General
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 354
Coin Description Quattro
Coin Series S5
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 45E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5.1
Engine Power - BHP 354
Engine Power - KW 260
Engine Power - RPM 5400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 369
Engine Torque - MKG 51
Engine Torque - NM 500
Engine Torque - RPM 1370
Top Speed 155
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 255/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear 255/35 R19
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 5 SPOKE CAVO
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1382
Length 4692
Wheelbase 2765
Width 1846
Width (including mirrors) 2029
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 58
Gross Vehicle Weight 2340
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 500
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1840
No. of Seats 4

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist + pre sense rear £775.00
Head up Display £900.00
Rear view camera £450.00
Virtual cockpit £250.00
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators £650.00
Cloth hood - Black - Audi FOC
Cloth hood - Grey - Audi FOC
Cloth hood - Red - Audi FOC
Electric folding auto dimming door mirrors with memory £325.00
Electric folding door mirrors £225.00
Foldable tow bar £850.00
Metallic paint £645.00
Pearlescent paint £645.00
Wind deflector £300.00
Interior Features
3 spoke S Line flat bottom multi-function leather steering wheel including paddle shift £100.00
Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory £200.00
Heated front and outer rear seats £300.00
Packs
Advanced parking assistance pack - A5/RS5 £1,350.00
Comfort and sound pack - A5/RS5 £1,295.00
Driver assistance pack - A5/RS5 £1,250.00
Extended LED interior light pack - A5/RS5 £100.00
Storage pack - A5/RS5 £175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Floret silver £645.00
Metallic - Glacier white £645.00
Metallic - Gotland green £645.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £645.00
Metallic - Mythos black £645.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £645.00
Metallic - Tango red £645.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £645.00
Pearl - Misano Red £645.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Safety
Red brake calipers £300.00
Technical
Quattro sports differential £1,200.00
Suspension with damping control £900.00
Trim
Carbon atlas inlays £425.00
Fine Nappa leather - Black £800.00
Fine nappa leather - Magma red FOC
Fine Nappa leather - Rotor grey FOC
* option prices shown are estimated