The Audi A5 was launched as a sport coupe, but for the 2010 model year, Audi decided to replace the A4 Cabriolet with a convertible model of the A5.
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Standard Audi styling language is seen on the front of the car in the form of the big grille and LED parking lights.
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The original A5 was launched with a 3.2-liter V-6, but the A5 Cabriolet can only be had with this direct-injected, turbocharged, 2-liter, four cylinder. We found it lacking in power for the A5 Cabriolet.
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The roofline of the A5 coupe makes it a thing of beauty, something lacking in the Cabriolet. With the top down, it looks like many other convertible coupes.
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Audi calls the cloth top on the car an acoustic top, as it is designed to provide the same noise insulation as a hard top.
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This model has Quattro all-wheel-drive, along with a feature called Drive Select, which lets you put the car into a sport mode at the touch of a button.
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The interior of this A5 Cabriolet looks luxurious with these cocoa leather seats, but the leather's texture is a little slippery, lessening the luxury feel.
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The cabin holds four in reasonable comfort, although the rear seat is a little tight. The trunk space is only slightly impacted by the convertible top.
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Quattro all-wheel-drive and advanced suspension technology make the A5 Cabriolet handle very well in the corners, but the engine doesn't provide the push to carry it through.
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A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available in the A5 Cabriolet. It works well, but a manual or Audi's DSG would be preferable for sport driving.
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Audi's third-generation navigation system incorporates the best-looking maps in the business, with topographic details and 3D rendered buildings.
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You can copy music to the car's navigation hard drive, and view the music library by artist, album, and genre.
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By contrast, you can browse music on an MP3 CD by file and folder.
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The Bang and Olufsen audio system, an option in the A5 Cabriolet, has 14 speakers and a 505 watt amp.
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The rearview camera shows trajectory lines, so you can see where the car will go depending on how the wheels are turned.
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