Happiness, driving and in life, often begins with a convertible. The new 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet, for example, because it has it all: line, engine, robotic, box hood triple thickness. But that happiness has a price. And as this world is not perfect, it is high.
The 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet has completed its molt. In just six months, Generation II has installed its three bodies: cut in November, then Sportback sedan in February, finally convertible in April. The first A5 had been less prompt: two full years between Cup in 2007 and convertible. Engine cover with double central toe dipping on a hexagonal and lowered grille, headlights in cat’s eyes, lines very tense flanks and the marked edges, the convertible adopts the new codes of the A5 family and adds his signature: aluminum for its amount of windshield treatment. As for cutting and Sportback, it is rather long (4.67 m) but very low (1.38 m) and more in finishing S line sports chassis lowered by 2 cm: this format contributes to its dynamic appearance, but not to the affluence of passengers in the second row. The 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet is still obviously true to the principle of the condom since Audi has never yielded to the temptation of the retractable hardtop.
The back side of the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet is both powerful and fluid, with its long and slim lights which bite deeply on a trunk with a slight spoiler.
2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet Prices
The housing of the hood of the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet is circled a wide strip of aluminum, which refers to the amount of windshield and creates a very nice effect “boat bridge”.
The new 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet starts at €44 970 TFSI 190 ch BVM6 (7.9 s from 0-100 km/h), and €48 900 side diesel with a TDI 190 associated with the robotic box S Tronic (7.8 s). The card is plentiful: V6 TDI 218, V6 TDI 286 coming end of 2017, TFSI 292 transmission Quattro version S5 TFSI 354 HP. So he can climb well above: €53 600 and €1 260 Malus for 252 TFSI Quattro here tried version. In the same configuration, the new A5 coupe costs €49 000 and pays €773 Malus. Either the total of €5 087 less than the convertible to Bill weighed down by a surplus of stringers, his condom in triple thickness, and the complex mechanism which put it away in the trunk.
A mechanical ballet, set by jacks, monitored by sensors: Web, Windows, and arm articulated in simultaneous movement. It lasts 15 seconds. The representation may take place when the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet rolls, up to 50 km/h.
In reality, the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet even requires a little effort: three high finishes will represent approximately 90% of its sales. What makes €61 650 252 TFSI S line rate. At this price, the “virtual cockpit” is understood: fully digital instrumentation on a slab of 12.3 “. Not the painting metallic, of course (€1 010), or the backup camera (€550). Or two facilities that complement the range of a convertible ‘premium’: windproof NET (€425), heating of neck (€555).
In Germany, a TDI 150 version will be launched soon to ease the first tariff of convertible diesel of about €3,000. Will she cross the border, where it allows already a cut A5 TDI to slip below the €40,000? It is not certain. Convertibles do the little recipe in Latin countries: 10% of the total of the A5 from the first generation to France, against 40% across the Rhine River.
At the wheel of the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet TFSI 252
The box S-Tronic is a compression rate gives the punch to the four-cylinder TFSI 252 appeared on theA4. Their marriage is happy: 6.3 s from 0 to 100 km/h, instant recovery to all floors, motor an absolute discretion at low revs and freeing a tone nicely furious when the foot asks him to climb the towers. Of course, it doesn’t have the deep range of its predecessor, the 3.0 TFSI 272. Two vocal cords are missing. But the 3.0 V6 was not faster from 0 to 100 km/h running, was focused on the drink (184 g/km of CO2(, €8 173 Malus) and cost €3 430 more in same finish line S. So, no regrets.
The good mood of the alliance TFSI 252/S ironic is communicative. Dynamic mode engaged, we want that the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet registers as quickly in a curve tight his brother cut, whether its nose gear is also incisive, his direction also biting. Is to forget that it weighs 105 pounds heavier. Forget especially the vocation of a Cabriolet: the ride for two. The result in a devilish rock is a taste. Better slow and return to the comfort mode. Additional stringers play their role: the chassis stiffened, does not flinch in the changes of support. Suspensions also: rolling, hopping or mistreated kidneys. And the thrill is still the same acceleration. As on all convertible well born, the anti-whirl NET is not mandatory: wind slides nicely on the very slanted windshield without causing turmoil. A sweet euphoria settles in the habitable. It’s spring, birds sing, the meadows shine, the road meanders. In this time where speed has become a forbidden pleasure, roll two hair to the wind under a complicit Sun console fled pleasures.
2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet TFSI 252 Interior
The 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet takes over the dashboard of his brothers Sportback and Cup. A beautiful work, well assembled and a sober elegance. Tactile or built-in, the thin GPS screen is set as a tablet. A strong central console between the front seats.
Folded soft top, the rear seat of a convertible can be used to troubleshoot, low speed and short distance. Because the air flow is unbearable. The 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet is no exception to the rule.
Traditional lack of modern convertibles, the trunk is not giant: 380 l. As housing for the canvas cuts the volume of cargo, which was not the case when it was based in black on the body.
A really practical detail: the net anti eddies folds to be stored in a dedicated travel just under the floor of the trunk. Therefore, it does not reduce the volume of loading.
The virtual cockpit (€610 optional S line series) can display GPS navigation under the eyes of the driver, full-screen if desired by reducing the size of the counters. Who has tasted can’t live without!
2019 Audi A5 cabriolet TFSI 252 competition
On the road to the high range convertibles, Audi finds its two eternal rivals: Mercedes and BMW. Mercedes Class C convertible (4.69 m) an of the trunk: 360 l. greenhouse weight: 1 690 kg in version 245 ch essence BVA9 2WD. Does not yield much to his direct opponents on the exercise of the 0-100 mph: 6.4 s. Unfortunately, it hits hard on rates: €59 250, €7 450 more than the same engine cut.
The BMW Series 4 Cabriolet (4.64 m) remains faithful to the retractable hardtop. A choice that penalizes its price (€55 400 in 430i 252 ch BVA8 2WD, €7 150 more than the coupe), weight (1 810 kg) and its trunk volume (220 l folded roof). But she has the Brio: 6.3 s. Even if its price is nice, the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet remains the lowest bid. And to €53 600 in TFSI 252 ch BVR7, it offers four-wheel drive, attention that the convertibles, Mercedes C-class and BMW series 4 reserve for their most powerful configurations.
A convertible, it’s pretty, but it is not reasonable. Here, the evidence in the A5, the Cup family welcomes better its rear passengers, offer a larger chest (465 l), short the 0 to 100 mph half a second faster (5.8 s) gun of the same TFSI 252, and costs €5,000 less! The argument is unanswerable, hit the seal of logic.
Except that convertible provides exquisite, feel a sense of freedom that a driver trapped in its capsule of sheet metal and glass will never know. And the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet, with its tense line, its neat frame, his box robot and a lower price than its rivals class C or series 4 is the most tempting proposal in its class.
Certainly, the price makes you think. But the stumbling block is circumvented. A cabriolet called to be conducted on soft foot can happen transmission quattro : 2 €500 less penalty reduced to €613 TFSI 252. More radical, the A3 cabrioletsolution. Less luxurious, less imposing (4.42 m), a little higher (1.41 m), it starts at €37 420 finish
- The punch and the sound of the 252 TFSI
- The kinematics of the condom: a ballet
- The purity of the line
- Management lacks teeth
- €5,000 more than the A5 coupe to equal engine, it’s much
- Rails + quattro + the soft-top mechanism = 1 800 kg