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Audi A5 Cabriolet - best convertibles

This four-seater convertible is almost as refined as the coupe version with the roof up

Audi A5 Cabriolet - front

If one company knows a thing or two about classy convertibles, it's Audi. The firm has four drop-tops in its range: the compact A3, the two-seat TT Roadster, the R8 Spyder supercar and this, the A5 Cabriolet.

Like its predecessors, this four-seater focuses on comfort rather than sporty dynamics, although it's the most engaging A5 that Audi has built to date. There's space for four inside, while the multi-layered roof has enough sound deadening to make it nearly as quiet and refined as the A5 Coupe when the roof is up.

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The top takes 15 seconds to open with the pull of a single switch, and this can be done at speeds of up to 31mph. It takes a little longer to put back in place, at 18 seconds, but that's still far quicker than the complex metal top of, say, the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The A5's roof mechanism is lighter, too, which helps to contribute to the current car's improved handling. As before, the A5 is based on a development of the A4's platform, so there are a range of four and six cylinder engines available. The 2.0 TDI is a good choice, because it's not that rattly for a diesel, and has plenty of power. Spec this car with the excellent seven-speed DSG gearbox, and you’ll receive a relaxing cruiser.

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