There was no top-down driving in the A5 for me, but this Audi softtop is one convertible that won't make you feel shortchanged when the weather doesn't cooperate. The lack of b-pillars create an unhindered lateral view and rear visibility is decent despite the smallish rear window, an unfortunate attribute of most ragtops. Add flip-down rear headrests, Audi, and the view out the rear window would be even better for those days when top down is not an option.
The A5's cloth top itself is a work of art. It's beautifully crafted and rare features like the reading lights over the rear seats demonstrate Audi's attention to detail. And the top's light-colored liner adds visual height and helps prevent the cave-like feeling that is common in many softtop convertibles.
The A5 convertible suffers from some cowl shake and it feels slightly less solid than its fixed-roof sibling but that is to be expected. Regardless, it's still a luxurious cruiser that, whether you're enjoying a top-down sunny day or slogging through the snow, will make you feel special.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor