2018 Audi’s A5 Cabriolet: High-Performance Version of A5 Coupeby Opinion Express April 13, 2018 0 comments
Audi’s A5 Cabriolet is an exceptional and high-performance model introduced with some changes in the previous model A5 Coupe and without the roof. It is an amazing model to experience the sporty drive around town.
Audi’s new A5 is possibly the best-looking Audi that isn’t called the R8. As the rest of the Volkswagen group moves towards straight lines, the A5 is visible proof that Audi is moving away from them. But as good-looking as the A5 Sportback is, the three-door A5 is sexier. When the engineers in Germany chopped the roof off, my god, this car is amazing to look at. I might not be convinced by the need for a convertible of any sort in India but I could actually stare at this car for a long, long time.
But other than the roof not being around, the A5 Cabriolet is mechanically the same as the standard A5. If you want an Audi on steroids, you have to go the slightly manic S5 and full-on insane RS5 that just dropped at a mere Rs 1.1 crore, which weirdly is not bad value for a 444 horsepower car. The A5 Cabriolet is a much more reasonable Rs 67.5 lakh but that is a princely sum more than the standard Sportback at Rs 54 lakh. That said, what a car to look at. But, you just wish Audi had given this the two-litre petrol in the group’s stable.
The problem with any Cabriolet, no matter how good-looking, is that Indian weather conditions are pretty woeful for putting the roof down. Sure, in Delhi winters, the temperatures in the day are perfect but with the dust around, you should have frequent user card at your salon, because you will need a shampoo, and if you’re a guy taking your girlfriend out, remember shampoos and blow-dries aren’t cheap.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the Audi A5 is a great buy as a mid-sized luxury car because of its looks. This is a refreshing smart look for Audis. I also get the attractiveness of driving with the roof down. On a bright, clear day it can be great fun. But these are designed for nice days in Southern Europe and the United States. The weird thing though is, as a proportion of sales, the United Kingdom with its notorious strange weather leads in sales. However, one can doubt that will ever be the case in India. But as a statement car, you really can’t go wrong.
Writer: Kushan Mitra
Courtesy: The Pioneer