Audi S5 Cabriolet long-term review

Our Verdict
Audi S5
Audi S5

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Steve Cropley Autocar
27 January 2018
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Why we ran it: To see if the fast A5 is as fun to drive every day as it is handsome and plush

Month 1 - Month 2 - Month 3 - Month 4 - Month 5 - Costs and specs

Life with a S5 Cabriolet: Month 5

Saying goodbye to the S5 Cabriolet – 17 January 2018

It arrived on the first day of decent weather last year, and departed just as winter started doing its worst, which is just about the perfect ownership timetable for a car with a convertible top.

This is not to say the fabric roof of my spring-summer-autumn transport – a gleaming, full-spec Audi S5 Cabriolet in rich Navarra Blue – ever did anything so low-rent as to leak air or water in bad weather.

In its closed condition, the S5’s rag-top behaved so similarly to a coupé’s fixed roof – including cruising almost as quietly as a tin-top on motorways – that it never came across as a weakness.