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Audi RS5 Cabriolet

If you’re after a fast four-seater convertible, look no further than the RS5. But it’s not as thrilling to drive as rivals here.

Where the F-Type is compact and taut, Audi’s four-seat RS5 Cabriolet is big and brawny. It gets the same flared wheelarches, silver mesh grille and huge alloys as the coupé and – as with all RS models – it’s anything but subtle.

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Inside, it has the same high-quality fit and finish we expect of all Audis. But considering that this is the A5 Cabriolet flagship, it looks too similar to lesser models, with new sports seats, a different steering wheel and RS badging being the only clues to its high status.

Under the bonnet is the same 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 as is found in the coupe. While this has been around for some years, its strong mid-range power and rumbling V8 are very addictive. Quattro 4WD helps the relatively heavy RS5 cover 0-60mph five-tenths slower than the Jag, in 5.1 seconds.

But it’s in corners where the RS5 loses touch with the F-Type. While there’s huge 4WD traction, the steering is lifeless and you feel detached from the action. Audi’s Drive Select lets you tailor the damping, steering and throttle, yet the drive isn’t as sharp as in rivals.

Still, this four-seater is a great long-distance cruiser, despite its 19-inch alloy wheels and firm suspension. It has a distinct practicality advantage, too. The trouble is, in this company its performance on the road is found wanting.

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