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 seven 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 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 four-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 high-quality, well-crafted piece.
The Audi S5/ A5′s sheetmetal 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.