Test Audi S5 Cabrio 2017, the perfect balance

a Few days ago I had our adventure trying out the range’s of Audi at the Circuit of Navarra and various mountain roads in the surrounding area of Pamplona. In this event we were able to walk several tens of kilometers the steering wheel of the Audi S5 Cabrio by road of double meaning, by ports, and in a few kilometers by highway; miles that we used to draw conclusions about the behavior of the new convertible Audi.

The second-generation Audi A5 was presented in 2016, although it was not until the first part of 2017 when it came to the market with the Audi S5 in their three bodies (coachwork: Coupé, Sportback and Cabrio. The more attractive, without a doubt, it is the body convertible; even if we ignore the logic we must opt for the version Sportback, as its practicality is much higher. In any case, this Audi S5 Cabrio is a “caprichito” recommended if you can spare close to 90,000 euros. Descapotamos and pulled.

soft top canvas and the elegance regular

The next generation of the Audi A5 has not led to a brutal change in their aesthetics. Remains easily recognizable as the brother coupe, A4 and, if the makers of the brand you have decided to do so, is because the previous model worked quite well during all the years it was on sale. Why change it if it sells well? Yes changes in their exterior dimensions, which are now of 4.692 mm in length, 1.846 wide and 1,382 in height, in addition to a distance between axes of 2.765 mm

For its part, the Audi S5 Cabrio incorporates the additives typical of the range S as, for example, the grille singleframe with double blades, the housings of the exterior mirrors finished in brushed aluminum or the four exhaust outlets in the diffuser later. Audi does not want to provide their model S, an excessive amount of aesthetic radicalism, since to do so are the RS. As was the case in the Audi S3 Sportback that we tested a few months ago, the element that most tracks gives us that we are before a step higher to the normal range is the diffuser and four exhaust outlets, in addition to the inscriptions, S5 in this case.

On the convertibles, there are people who like more the soft-top and others prefer the hard top. My case is the first, although it is also true that you can come to “a funny turn” (to call it somehow) and to make us a “grace” in it with a simple punch. The positive point is that we do not lose much space at the time of pinch in the trunk and that allows you to keep more of the image of the model from which it stems. It takes 15 seconds to hide the hood in the trunk, and 18 to re-cover the passenger compartment, is able to perform both operations at speeds up to 50 km/h.

Best not to try your luck with a travel of four adults

we Mentioned a few paragraphs above that the buy rational body in the range A5/S5 is the Sportback. The versions Coupé and Sportback cost the same in the S5, 78.060 euros, while to buy the Cabrio there is to shell out exactly 9,000 euros more. The livability and ease of access for the Sportback is quite better than his other two brothers, thus being that it is a product that is more logical. But the logic does not understand the tastes or sensations; and by luck the tastes and feelings nor do they understand logic.

Leaving to one side passion and reason, it is clear that the Audi S5 Cabrio is not the car most recommendable to travel with the family. cab is approved for four people, although if the four are large will not feel comfortable. The squares in front are correct, not differing in the sight of good cubero with the S5 Coupe, except for the shape of the windshield, which is more elongated to better protect from the wind when “we drop the mane”. The space is good and the different regulations seats and steering wheel, will allow us a quick adaptation. A nice detail is the element automatic us about the seat belt.

places later will not be comfortable, as in practically no convertible around these dimensions. The stance forces us to go with the trunk slightly rotated, so that a journey of a few hundred kilometres we will invoice. In terms of the dimensions themselves, for legs you will have no problems if the front occupant is not going very delayed, either by width. However, people that prowl around the 1.80 height will rub his head on the hood., we Could consider it almost a 2+2. Sure that you’re thinking of the same solution that I did: keep the soft top in the trunk; but I remember that the weather conditions do not always encourage this.

Pass trunk. The signature of Ingolstadt boasts of having a convertible with more capacity in the category. When the roof is unfolded cubic cargo space of 380 l, whereas if the fold in the boot it will stay at 320 litres. Beyond the volume itself, as you can imagine, it is not a boot practical. As often happens in convertibles, mouth load is close and we have that andarnos carefully to the introduction of bulky objects, as the contained height it is possible that we do not fit. In any case, every customer of this type of vehicle knows (or should know) the limitations in this regard previously.

Following the line in its interior

If normally there is little to reproach to Audi with the interior finishes of their products, this Audi S5 Cabrio is not going to be the exception. As usual, all the elements fit perfectly between yes and no is not easy to find a slight crack. In addition, the materials are padded, so that it is always pleasant to the touch. The German firm is still knowing to give us that feeling of good make and quality. It is here, primarily, where you realize that Audi are not products of low prices for something.

finally, after the sports steering wheel of three rays with its bottom flattened, appears the box of instruments digital Audi virtual cockpit, which will show us all the necessary information with a high resolution and definition, being able to configure various aspects about the same. Unlike the Audi R8 and Audi TT, in the range A5 keeps the main screen of the dashboard. Is not integrated, so it may seem that they have forgotten it and have stuck a tablet at the last minute, but it is certain that its elevated position allows you to see it without diverting too much of the view of the road.

And as we have spoken of the area of the dashboard, we can not leave the interior design of the Audi S5 Cabrio, without quoting what is curious to us is the ventilation. As we can see in the picture, the middle area of the same was determined with a continuous air blower horizontal. We just find it funny, because it is not a common solution in the majority of manufacturers for their aerators.

Engine V6 3.0 TFSI

The Audi S5 Cabrio, just like the S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback, uses a engine block V6 2.995 cc with dual overhead camshafts and supercharging by turbo. Develops a maximum power of 354 CV between of 5,400 and 6,400 rpm and a torque of 500 Nm between 1.370 and 4,500. For the transmission is used, an automatic change tiptronic, 8-speed, while the energy is shared between the four wheels by the traction system quattro with center differential, limited slip, and electronic management.

The German firm approvals for this Audi S5 Cabrio, a mixed-use of fuel: 7.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 175 grams per kilometre. Speaking about performance, on paper, this model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Behaviour=Commitment

finally comes the moment you’ve been waiting for. Foot on the brake and push the start button. The V6 3.0 turbo petrol comes to life. The sound is not breathtaking, something which will please your neighbors and also yourself. We have already mentioned earlier that this is a fast car, but it does not seek to be radical. We settled in, and introduce the D, but before you press the button on the centre tunnel that descapota the roof in just 15 seconds.

We left the motorway and we are surprised how well accomplished is the aerodynamics to travel by motorway, to the rhythms of the law, with the soft top in the trunk. To 120 km/h we can maintain a quiet conversation without to be forced to raise demasiado tone of voice. And all this without the use of wind deflectors. Yes, if we raise a little bit more speed we begin to feel uncomfortable.

The destination takes us to go through a tunnel and we can not resist to slow down, put the sequential mode and the Audi drive select in dynamic mode, go down a few gears and put the pedal right. Do not rejoice as if we were to bring a V8 or a V10, but the sound of the turbo and the mild “petardeos” to release the gas to like, and much. But let’s be civil and stop acting like macarras.

, we Take a service road, capotamos (in 18 seconds), and return to the highway to accelerate again to 120 km/h. If the noise reaching the passenger compartment with the roof descapotado us proved very satisfactory, with the top placed us has returned to surprise. Sincerely, and although not tested many rafter throughout these years, the feeling is that we didn’t have a canvas roof over our head, but rather that we were in a car with hard top. A 10 for the Audi S5 Cabrio on this aspect.

we Leave the highway and the planning of the brand leads us to mountain passes. We find stretches of good firm, wide bends and wide roads and also roads and more toned and bumpy. The first we serve to verify the poise and the quality of rolling of this convertible German, while in the latter we see that, despite being a convertible, does not appreciate cracks of the body to pass on strong to be broken.

In these sections more revirados we decided to force it a little the chassis and test the all-wheel-drive; always using logic and without going to the rhythm of a stretch. To do this, we select the mode dynamic from the drive select and use the change in sequential mode. The weight 1.840 is right there, letting himself be noticed at the start of the turn with tendency to understeer although not with inclinations notable of the body thanks to the suspension and adaptive process. However, the maximum torque of 500 Nm which is found from a little more than 1,300 rpm and the traction the quattro allow us to out the curves and devour straight in a jiffy.

For being so smooth and so linear, the power delivery can give the feeling that the car is not running. It is a false sensation that convey this type of engines, but you do not need to have a look at the speedometer of the virtual cockpit to realize that in a few seconds with the pedal right to the bottom we are going faster than we should. Another curve, foot on the brake and pull the cam left. If we are a little aggressive electronic management us reject the cuts, because the system will not let us get to the edge of the red zone of the cuentavueltas the lower gears. A self-protection a lot of logic on your part.

Conclusions

The Audi S5 Cabrio is a version balanced to maintain an elegant line and features more than enough to be driven on public roads. Below we can always turn to the Audi A5 Cabrio that starts with 190 HP, while above is the Audi RS 5 Cabrio with no less than 450 HP and a tune-up, quite a bit more dynamic.

We like Audi keep its range S, and it reaches virtually all of its products, as it is maintained in a a mid-point between the conventional and the radical, while maintaining the elegant aesthetic that tends to accompany the models of the German firm. We have said that its habitability rear is not recommended to travel four adults, but what is certain is that we don’t know any convertible of similar dimensions that is.

Without doubt, its biggest drawback is the price. Boots in 87.060, and little that we may add a few extras rozaremos 100,000. A shame, because it is clearly more expensive than its rivals, and the six-digit move it away from the real world for the majority of mortals. Your positive point is the compromise and balance between daily use with the dynamic performance and, while we don’t want to meddle too much in terms of design by being something very personal, it is a car that tends to convince.

Equipment of the Audi S5 Cabrio

  • alloy Wheels in 19 inch and tyres 255/35 R19
  • spare Wheel of smaller dimensions
  • Lighthouses and pilots LED
  • Housing of the rear view mirrors in aluminum
  • window Frames chrome
  • Hood acoustic and fully automatic
  • Moon heat-resistant
  • front sport Seats with electrically adjustable and adjustment of the lumbar support
  • Isofix and Top Tether for the rear seats
  • Entry comfort
  • Armrest front
  • inner Lining of the ceiling in fabric
  • Climate control of three areas
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • MMI Navigation plus
  • Audi pre sense city
  • cruise Control with speed limiter
  • Audi drive select
  • quattro with center differential, limited-slip
  • Train shooting sports S

Prices Audi S5

Model Engine Transmission Traction Price
Model Engine Transmission Traction Price
Audi S5 Coupe V6 3.0 TFSI 354 HP Automatic 8v quattro 78.060 €
Audi S5 Sportback V6 3.0 TFSI 354 HP Automatic 8v quattro 78.060 €
Audi S5 Cabrio V6 3.0 TFSI 354 HP Automatic 8v quattro 87.060 €

Gallery Audi S5 Cabrio

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