2017 Audi S5 Cabrio Is Good, But Not Great

It’s not often someone gets to drive the pinnacle of the A5 Cabriolet range, only to find themselves suggesting others buy a diesel model as opposed to the flagship S5.

According to Carbuyer’s James Batchelor, the S5 Cabrio is a surprisingly comfortable and relaxing car, with decent storage and a large enough boot, although, you’ll still find it lacking certain dynamic attributes you’d get in a BMW 4-Series Convertible or even a C43 Cabriolet.

The power unit however is something to write home about, with its 354 PS and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque, allowing for a sub-5 second zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time.

Batchelor also found the convertible S5 to be a bit harsh on rough roads, as is the rest of the A5 Cabriolet range, although you’d be hard pressed not to call the 2017 S5 Cabrio a better car than its predecessor.

In the end, he dubs the S5 Cabrio “a cruiser, not a sports car”, and suggests a capable A5 Cabrio TDI could make the most sense when considering which model to buy from this range.


  • Just another Supra fan

    “n the end, he dubs the S5 Cabrio “a cruiser, not a sports car”, and suggests a capable A5 Cabrio TDI could make the most sense when considering which model to buy from this range.”

    Yeah, if you want to ruin the environment.

    • Christian

      And its a Diesel -A Diesel!

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    A diesel timing from VW?!?!?! Is he drunk or what?

  • Six Thousand Times

    I fee this way about most of the Audi range: Good but not great.

    • SteersUright

      No real drivers cars outside of the R8, which the latest gen has also been accused of not being as good of a driver’s car as its twin, the Huracan. Audi makes digital driving experiences nowadays sadly, nothing to get an enthusiast’s heart pounding. Given they are partnered with Porsche and Porsche knows how to build emotional engines and great handling cars, you’d think there’d be some shared engineering going on but it doesn’t seem the case. Porsche gets the Q7 and Q5 chassis for its Cayenne and Macan. So, why doesn’t Audi get a Boxster chassis (with new looks of course) for a great little mid engine Audi sports car?
      Lastly, drop the damn front drive on all of your cars! It ruins a high-end car’s dynamics and belongs on VW’s, not Audi’s!

  • Kash

    Are we talking in comparison to A5/RS5 or compared to the 440i? If we’re comparing it to the A5/RS5 then that’s right where it needs to be, good, but not great. If we’re comparing it to the 440i then yeah I can see that and I’d be torn between the two cars. The S5 looks much better than the 440, but the 440 has the retractable hardtop.

  • lagunas3ca

    Where have I seen those front splitters and blade before? Oh yes, the 4-series.

  • Six_Tymes

    Audi in my opinion should have killed off the 5 series long ago, its too big. Just make a S4 coupe (and RS) and S4 convertible. both would be lighter and so better performance. The 5 series just doesn’t fit in anymore, if someone wants a larger audi car then go for the 6. Lastly, the only 5 series audi should hold onto are the Q5’s.

    • Sébastien

      What are you talking about ? S4 Coupe is the S5… Length/size wise it’s on par.
      They do sell A5 quite a lot in Europe, even more in Sportback (because it’s sexier and more practical than the Sedan)


  • Sébastien

    Pointless video,
    – Saying the body leans, but the video shows a car that handles nicely.
    – Suggesting diesel for a convertible

    • Salih Ahzem

      I also never get the point of getting a diesel in a convertible… You’d hear that diesel clatter and low-rpm turbo whistle all day with the top down!