Audi A5 Cabriolet Review

Every driver knows, top down driving is an experience like no other. Who doesn’t like wind in your hair? Audi A5 Cabriolet is the car for you. The updated Audi A5 Cabriolet is aesthetically designed and well-connected. The cutting-edge MMI touch operating concept keeps the occupants connected. Mild hybrid technology offers greater comfort while also reducing fuel consumption.

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Lets look at the exterior design: Sporty look
This Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end, in particular, exuding an even more powerful resolve. The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and wider. Ventilation slits above the grille are reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro. A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets. A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side; a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the back of the car look wider.

This update also presents an opportunity to upgrade the equipment while reflecting the design changes made to the A5 Cabriolet. The car comes with premium Matrix LED headlights and LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn indicators as standard equipment for Singapore.

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Unique elements: A5 Cabriolet over the rest of the range
The design of the Audi A5 Cabriolet is based on the exterior of the A5 Coupé, both elegant architecture and the new, sharp accents. The body, which like the Coupé is now 4,697 millimeters long, is very rigid thanks to extensive reinforcements. Width is 1,846 millimeters, height 1,384 millimeters and wheelbase 2,764 millimeters.

The Cabriolet has a classic lightweight cloth top designed as an acoustic hood. With its three layers of fabric, it keeps interior noise extremely low. The top opens and closes fully automatically at the push of a button in 15 and 18 seconds, respectively, even when driving at speeds up to 50 km/h if the rear seat is unoccupied. When open, the top is stowed in a movable tray that ensures a large luggage compartment is always available. It has a volume of 310 liters with the top down, 370 liters with the top up. The split rear seat backs automatically fold forward when unlocked.

The rear seat of the updated Audi A5 Cabriolet accommodates two adults. A wind deflector is standard. The top is available in red, gray, black and brown. On top of what’s offered on the Coupé, the Cabriolet features microphones integrated into each front seat belt to ensure top quality when using making phone calls and the voice control function even when the roof is folded.

With the roof down, the Audi A5 Cabriolet looks especially alluring, with the car attracting plenty of stares from passers-by, this alone should put smiles on your face.

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Groundbreaking: connectivity
With its new MMI touch system, the highly connected Audi A5 Cabriolet offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The graphics are clean and reduced; the menu structure reflects the expectations of the user. The MMI search is based on free text input and returns relevant hits very rapidly. Natural-language voice control understands many formulations from everyday speech. In Singapore, the range comes standard with the top of the line MMI navigation plus infotainment control center.

New functions also make navigation intelligent and intuitive by suggesting routes previously driven. The myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. The standard personalization allows the creation of as many as seven different user profiles for storing personal settings and preferences.

The updated Audi A5 Cabriolet uses a new main unit with increased computing power – the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The driver controls the full-HD, 12.3-inch display (1,920 x 720 pixels) of the Audi virtual cockpit via the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. With functions on demand, the customer will be able to access their car functions at any time using the myAudi app.

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Powerful, sophisticated, efficient: the drive system
The updated Audi A5 Cabriolet is launched in Singapore with an updated 2.0 TFSI engine with 190 hp exclusively paired with an efficient and direct shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission. The powertrain features the mild hybrid system (MHEV) integrated into the 12-volt electrical system. Central to the mild hybrid system is the belt alternator starter (BAS), which is connected to the crankshaft.

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is able to coast with the engine switched off between 55 and 160 km/h. During this time, the lithium-ion battery powers the electrical consumers. The start-stop range operates from as low as 22 km/h. When the accelerator is depressed, the BAS restarts the engine quickly and smoothly. When stopped, this happens while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the vehicle in front begins to move. In real-world, everyday operation, the MHEV system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers according to Audi measurements. The Cabriolet weighs a bit heavier than the Coupe model due to the extra strengthening needed to reinforce the car after the deletion of the roof, so it doesn’t quite feel as fast. With the roof up, there’s very little noise intrusion, and overall refinement is impressive as well.

The updated Audi A5 Cabriolet is now available at Audi Centre Singapore with a starting recommended retail price of $261,630, inclusive of COE and VES.

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