2014 Audi S5 Cabriolet

A well-designed, high-performance convertible.

  • Likes
  • Design
  • Interior quality
  • Driving and handling
  • Dislikes
  • Soft top detracts from the beauty of the coupe

A high-performance version of Audi's stylish and reasonably practical A5 cabriolet convertible, the S5 cabriolet is powered by a supercharged, 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 driving all four wheels through the quattro all-wheel drive system and a 7-speed S tronic transmission. Like the S5 coupe on which it is based, the S5 convertible gets a number of performance minded upgrades over the regular A5. We found the Audi S5 Cabriolet to be a capable, sporty grand-tourer, with decent cargo space and room for four adults on short trips. Fuel economy from the TFSI V6 was another pleasant surprise, delivering close to 18 mpg despite hard driving and lots of stop-and-go. For comparison, this equaled the gas mileage of an economy-minded 4-cylinder Buick we recently drove, and well exceeded that of the author's 230-horsepower 328i.

Design has always been one of the S5/A5's strong suits, and that definitely remains the case for the 2014 S5 Cabriolet. The interior is functional and comfortable, with high-quality materials imparting a tactile sense of refinement. From the thick, flat-bottomed steering wheel to the thin aluminum and wood inlays on the dashboard and door panels, the S5 is a well-crafted piece.

The Audi S5/A5's sheet metal drew praise when it was released, and it still looks as stunning as it did back in 2007. Designer Walter de Silva is said to consider the A5/S5 his personal favorite of his production designs.

On the road, the S5 cabriolet keeps up its sporting character. Our Estoril Blue test car came with the quattro sports differential, which, combined with the AWD system's standard 40:60 front:rear torque split, helps to give the S5 balanced handling.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, 12-year/ unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty, 12-month/5,000-mile no-charge scheduled maintenance, 4-year roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $60,400

As Tested: $60,400

  • 18 / 26 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 333 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 155 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.0-liter V6 supercharged
  • Horsepower: 333 hp
  • Torque: 325
  • Transmission: 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automated manual
  • Curb Weight: 4,310 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 108.3 in
  • Length: 182.7 in
  • Width: 73 in
  • Height: 54.2 in
  • Turning circle: 37.4 ft
  • Brakes: F/R: Vented disc/vented disc with ABS and EBD
  • Suspension: F/R: Five-link with anti-roll bar, trapezoidal link with anti-roll bar
  • Traction: Electronic stability control
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 106 ft.
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • EPA City: 18 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 26 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 21 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: driver and passenger advanced front airbags, side airbags, knee airbags, rollover protection bars, seat belt pretensioners

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