2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet

2020 MODEL
$60,200 - $68,600
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2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 26, 2020
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The Audi S5 Cabriolet is one of the very few convertibles still available in the United States since most automakers have moved on to manufacturing crossovers and SUVs. In fact, the dwindling demand for convertibles has also taken a toll on Audi, who’s decided to kill off the Cabriolet after 2021. This makes the S5 Cabriolet a very special and unique offering in its segment since very few vehicles can actually give you that wind in the hair experience, this side of the pond.

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Pros

Excellent grip and handling

Modern interiors with new-age technology

Brisk acceleration

Cons

Limited interior storage spaces

Tiny Boot

What's New?

The S5 Cabriolet has also received some minor styling upgrades

The 2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet gets an updated infotainment system that comes with a larger display (10.1 inches)


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet in Absolute Black Metallic color
Absolute Black Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium

Premium

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$60,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $60,200 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 4

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$62,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $62,700 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 4

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Prestige

Prestige

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$68,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $68,600 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review


If you want a sporty convertible in the market that offers plenty of fun and excitement, chances are that you may stumble upon the likes of the Mustangs, Camaros, Porsche Boxsters and more. However, Audi wants to draw your attention to one of the best offerings in the entry-level performance convertible segment with the S5 convertible. The S5 Convertible takes inspiration from the RS lineup of cars from Audi and takes the A5 convertible as the base. What’s surprising is the way Audi have managed to balance performance and efficiency in the 2020 S5 convertible.

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Features

The S5 Cabriolet is offered across three different trim levels and only one engine choice. Each of these trims offers different optional packages, which can also be added on to the base variant if required.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$ 60,200

$ 64,270

$ 68,800

Key Features

Heated front seats with massage function

In addition to the Premium trim:

In addition to the Premium Plus trim:

 

Leather and suede upholstery

Front and rear parking sensors

Navigation

 

Keyless ignition and push-button start

Digital driver’s display

Automated parallel and perpendicular parking system

 

10.1-inch touchscreen display, with a 10 speaker music system, and HD radio

Wireless charging pads

Heads up display

 

Rear cross-traffic alert

Power folding mirrors

360-degree camera

 

Forward collision warning

Adaptive cruise control

19 speaker Bang and Olufsen music system

 

Blind-spot monitoring

Audi Connect Plus

Driver Assistance package

Which Trim should you buy?

The S5 Cabriolet comes really well equipped from its base variant, with additional packages available, each of which can be added to all variants, depending on the buyer’s preferences. However, there are certain features which are exclusive to the Prestige trim, and if you really need these features, you should consider opting for the Prestige trim, since it includes a lot of equipment as standard for not much of a price bump.

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Engine and Performance

The Audi S5 is offered with a single-engine option across the entire model range. This engine comes fitted with a performance turbocharger that ensures that there are ample torque and power available across the entire powerband. This engine has been on offer in other Audis for quite some time now and has proven to be a gem, both in terms of drivability and fun.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

MSRP

$ 60.200

$ 45,145

$ 63,600

$ 64,700

Engine

3.0-liter turbocharged V6

5.0-liter V8

3.0-liter V6

2.0-liter flat-four

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM

349 @ 5,500

460 @ 4,600

385 @ 6,100

300 @ 6,500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

369 @ 1,800

420 @ 4,200

384 @ 2,500

280 @ 1,950

The Audi S5 Cabriolet might not be the most powerful vehicle in its segment, but its light body and well-tuned characteristics help it put down power in an efficient manner, thus helping it feel faster than its rivals.

How fast is the Audi S5 Cabriolet?

While the S5 Cabriolet’s engine does feel quite brisk, it really cannot keep up the pace with its competitors, when it comes to a straight-line sprint. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 does produce a decent amount of power lower down the band, but it still cannot keep up with its competitors, since they come with larger engines with more potent power output.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5

4.5

4.6

5.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.4

12.7

13.1

13.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

180

178

178

Engine

3.0-liter turbocharged V6

5.0-liter V8

3.0-liter V6

2.0-liter flat-four

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

4.2

4.1

4.8

3.8

The S5 Cabriolet might not be the fastest in terms of outright acceleration, but its still capable enough to hold its own, in terms of its overall pace. Sure, the Mustang offers much better performance for far lesser money, but it doesn’t offer a well-sorted chassis, like the one found on the S5, which helps the S5 feel more agile.

Ride and Handling

Audis haven’t really been known to be good in terms of handling, and the S5 Cabriolet surely does shine when it comes to its body control, especially around bends. The S5 grips and holds its line very well, without showcasing any signs of body roll, which is quite rare for a convertible.

The S5’s steering also features variable weights, which helps the steering feel light at city speeds, and heavier at higher speeds, thus providing excellent feedback during every possible driving situation.

Braking Performance

The S5 features the S-line package as standard fitment, which gives it massive brakes as standard fitment. The S5’s performance brakes provide excellent bite which helps in bringing the vehicle to a standstill in nearly no time. However, the S5 does feature a slight amount of nosedive, which isn’t noticeable but does move the car quite a bit during hard braking.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.8

13

13.9

13.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.6

12.1

11.4

12.7

Curb Weight (lbs)

4178

3891

3591

3206

60-0 (feet)

127

129

122

121

The S5 weighs quite a lot but still does manage to stop within a decent distance, since the S5’s brakes provide excellent grip and feedback, especially during hard braking. But the braking distance required by the S5 to come to a complete halt is still quite high when compared to its competitors, which does make it feel slightly inferior in comparison.  

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Fuel Economy

Convertibles have always been known to be fuel guzzlers, partly for their heavy curb weights and partly for their folding roofs, but most people who buy convertibles, really don’t mind the expense. However, the S5 returns the best efficiency figures in its class, since it features cylinder deactivation, which helps it save fuel in low demand situations.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

MPG (City)

20

15

20

16

MPG (Highway)

27

24

29

23

MPG (Combined)

23

18

23

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

16

15.9

14.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

351.9

288

365.7

269.8

The SLC features similar efficiency figures as the S5 but slightly edges it out in terms of range since it features a larger fuel tank. The Mustang might have the worst efficiency levels in the class, but it’s the Porsche that has the least amount of range since it features a puny fuel tank that can barely take it anywhere on one tank of gas.

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Interior

The S5 cabriolet is the only vehicle in this segment that offers a proper 2+2 layout (the Mustang just has a bench with no proper backrest), but the rear row is extremely cramped and cannot even fit kids, let alone adults. The rear seats also lack amenities like dedicated climate zones, seat heating, and cupholders, which further limits its appeal. The best seats in the house for the S5 Cabriolet have got to be the front seats, which offer quite a lot of support and padding, without being too firm on the shoulders.

The front seats also offer standard heating, with a massage function built-in. The seats also feature 10-way electric adjustment along with standard memory functions, which makes it quite easy to get to your desired driving position in nearly no time. The dashboard features premium plastics and leather, which helps in improving the overall in-cabin ambiance and gives the S5 a futuristic feel, without compromising on luxuries one would expect from a car this expensive.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/55.7/41.3

37.6/56.3/45.1

38/52.2/42.5

37.3/52.8/41

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.3/54.5/33.3

34.8/52.2/29

NA

NA

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.7

16.3

13.5

21

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The S5 Cabriolet is offered as standard with a brand new 10.1-inch touchscreen display that comes with Audi’s latest operating system. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are available as standard fitment, and so is satellite radio and a 10 speaker music system. Upgrading to higher variants does get you a better sounding 19 speaker Bang & Olufsen music system, which does take the in-cabin music quality to a whole other level.

Higher variants also get you navigation, Audi Connect Plus telematics services, Connected car features, and the digital driver’s display, which surely does complete the cabin and complement the massive touchscreen well.  

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Exterior

The Audi S5 had recently received an overhaul in 2018, which gave the car larger headlights, LEDs all around, and the massive grille upfront, which does look quite elegant and classy. For the 2020 model year, Audi has continued this design theme mostly unchanged, with a few minor updates like updated tail light graphics and a slightly larger bonnet flare to make it look slightly better.

Overall, the Audi S5 has always been a handsome car, and the cabriolet model carries forward this design philosophy beautifully.

Models

Audi S5 Cabriolet

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

Porsche Boxster

Curb Weight (lb)

4178

3891

3591

3206

Length (inches)

184.9

188.5

163.1

172.4

Width (inches)

72.7

75.4

71.5

71

Height (inches)

54.5

54.3

51.3

50.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.8

4.3

4.1

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

111.2

107.1

95.7

97.8

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Safety

The 2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet comes with a whole host of active safety features as standard fitment, something that’s quite rare for the segment. The S5 Cabriolet has also managed to score a 5-star rating in NHTSA’s safety rating tests, which has mostly been possible thanks to unique features like:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver fatigue warning
  • Automatic parallel and perpendicular parking
  • Adaptive cruise control

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Competition

Audi S5 Cabriolet vs Ford Mustang Convertible

The Mustang might be America’s favorite muscle car, and its old school V8 surely does make the car feel more lively than the Audi. The Mustang also features an independent rear suspension setup, which is way more advanced than the beam setup on the S5. However, the S5 comes with better interiors, equipment, and a better folding top mechanism, that won’t start snagging and ripping after a few years of use.

Audi S5 Cabriolet vs Mercedes-AMG SLC-Class

The AMG SLC Class might be the smallest car in this segment, but it is no slouch by any means. Not only does the SLC accelerate to 60 faster than the S5, but it also feels stiffer and well set up, when it comes to driving on race tracks. However, the SLC’s ride does feel harsh over regular roads, which really isn’t ideal for a small convertible.

The S5 features a much more well-rounded ride quality that stays stiff enough to reduce body roll on race tracks while providing a luxurious ride over regular roads.

Audi S5 Cabriolet vs Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster comes with the smallest engine in its class; a four-cylinder boxer engine, that produces 300 horsepower. However, the Boxster is also the lightest vehicle in its segment, which helps it keep up with its competitors, and even beat them during certain circumstances.

The Boxster is the entry-level model in Porsche’s lineup and doesn’t feel as luxurious or fast as the S5 Cabriolet. The S5 Cabriolet also offers more equipment as standard, which makes it seem more value for money in comparison.

2020 Audi S5 Cabriolet Final Verdict

Demand for convertibles has recently taken a nosedive in the United States, and this means that most brands will be canceling their convertibles from their lineup, to generate more resources for developing crossovers. This does mean that every vehicle mentioned in this comparison (except for the Porsche) will eventually be canceled within a few more years, which might hit their resale values in the long run.

However, if you really do enjoy open-top driving, the S5 Cabriolet makes a fantastic case for itself, since it offers the best of luxury and performance, both combined into an excellent package that doesn’t compromise on anything to appeal to a wider set of buyers. As is expected from the segment, the rear seats are extremely cramped and feature nearly no space, even for small kids, essentially limiting the S5 to be a 2 seater convertible. However, while the S5’s boot is still quite small, one can easily use the S5’s rear seats as cargo space, thus making the S5 the perfect vehicle for long road trips.