Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro

Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro

The Audi A5 model series offers three body types. The Coupe looks fantastic, Sportback is more useful with its rear doors, and this Cabriolet is perfect for sunny weather. Audi updated the whole A5 model series for 2012 and added a few design details to its exterior. At the front the most noticeable changes are the new headlights which now have a wedge shape. LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive look with the optional xenon plus headlights. Also the front grille and the front bumper have been redesigned. At the rear the lights and the bumper got a little facelift. The rear lights are optionally available with continuous LED light strips.

Audi A5 is a great looking car even as standard, but if you want to add a bit more sportiness to its design, then there is the S line sport package available. S line body styling includes front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser and small S line badges. S line also comes with the 18-inch alloy wheels and sport suspension, that drops the car 10 millimetres closer to the road. The fabric top of the A5 Cabriolet opens and closes fully automatically with a press of a button. It takes just 15 seconds to open the roof and 17 seconds to close it. It can also be operated while the car is on the move, at speeds up to 50 km/h. An acoustic top with a thick 16mm layer of insulating foam is available as an option. The acoustic roof provides better heat insulation and also a reduction in wind noise. The roof is available in four colours.

All engines in the range feature forced induction and direct injection. The start-stop system and the recuperation system are standard with all engines. Diesel variants are also available, but for a convertible, a petrol engine sounds more appropriate. The completely redesigned 1.8 TFSI with 170 hp and 320 Nm is the smallest of the petrol engines. New to the Audi A5 lineup is the 3.0 TFSI, producing 272 hp from its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. The output of this 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, known as 2.0 TFSI has remained unchanged. The engine produces 211 horsepower and 350 Newtonmetres of torque providing nice performance to the A5 Cabriolet. The acceleration from zero to hundred takes 7,3 seconds and the top speed is 238 km/h. With the fast shifting seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the A5 2.0 TFSI is a sporty package. The S tronic transmission also provides the possibility for the driver to changes gears manually, if wanted.

Four-wheel drive is not very common option for a convertible, but with an Audi A5 you get to enjoy with this luxury as well. Quattro is standard with the most powerful engine variants and available with with 2.0 TFSI. During normal driving conditions, 60 precent of the engine’s torque is sent to the rear wheels. This provides the car a well-balanced driving dynamics that you get to enjoy even if you wouldn’t push it to its limits. If the driving situations require, the four-wheel drive system can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the front axle or 85 percent to the rear axle.

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is at its best when you get to drive with the roof down, but works quite nicely also as a coupe. With the acoustic roof providing extra heat insulation and with the quattro four-wheel drive, you could easily drive with the A5 Cabriolet year-round. The 2.0 TFSI with the S tronic is enjoyable package, but naturally, you could always have a bit more power. On the other hand, when you get to drive with the roof down in no hurry, the journey comes more important than arriving. And in those situations, you would easily do even with a smaller powerplant.



  • Petrol
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1984cc
  • Turbo


  • 155 kW (211 hp) / 4300-6000rpm


  • 350 Nm / 1500-4200rpm


  • 7-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 7.3 seconds

Top speed

  • 238 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 7.2 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 164 g/km