The A5 really does make a strong case for the superiority of a traditional fabric top, but it's an even stronger testament to Audi's phenomenal design and execution. The two biggest convertible weaknesses - sound isolation and top-up appearance, simply aren't an issue here. Neither is structural rigidity. As a result, the A5 is nearly as quiet as any steel-roofed vehicle, emits not a squeak over our frost-heaved roads, and cuts nearly as lovely a profile as the coupe version.
Otherwise, the convertible provides the same near-perfect experience as any other A4/5. That means terrific four-cylinder acceleration, good handling, and a fantastic looking interior. The thick coat of snow and ice on the ground also provided a reminder of why many consumers just love Audi's commitment to all-wheel drive.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor