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2010 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Cabriolet Review

Stylish Soft-Top

A three-quarter front view of a white 2010 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Cabriolet

In short: A handsome, well-equipped luxury cabriolet.

This stylish (and surprisingly spacious) cabriolet offers excellent drivability and ease of use with its quick, turbocharged inline-4 and responsive handling. And unless you're willing to shell out the extra dough for a Bentley Continental, the A5 Cabriolet is also you're only option for a 4-seater luxury convertible with available all-wheel drive. However, in a genius stroke of space management, the people at Audi were also considerate enough to fit the A5 with fully flat-folding rear seats, greatly increasing the versatility and storage room of this compact convertible.

Inside the A5 Cabriolet's comfy interior, intelligent high-tech features such as a voice-controlled infotainment system, SIRIUS satellite radio with station preview, and a 3D navigation function make for a driving experience that is both fun and functional. Additional thoughtful touches such as head-level heating and an available blind spot monitoring system mean that this joyride-ready rag-top also makes for a great daily driver.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 12-month/5,000-mile no charge first scheduled maintenance; 4-year roadside assistance coverage provided by a third party supplier

Base Price: $44,100 / As tested: $56,025

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door cabriolet

Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder with direct injection
Horsepower: 211 hp @ 4,300-6,000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with tiptronic

Curb weight:
3,682 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 182.1/79.5/54.5 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

front ventilated disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: 5-link front suspension with upper and lower wishbones; independent trapezoidal link rear suspension; front and rear anti-roll bars

quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with rear bias; electronic stabilization program; Servotronic speed sensitive steering

0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

dual threshold driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted head and thorax side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags

Likes: quality build; handling luxe feel

Dislikes: usual soft-top cabriolet issues


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PNW051210 (Updated 05/19/10 NW)