2023 Audi S5 Convertible

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2023 Audi S5 Convertible Review: Under-The-Radar Excellence

The 2023 Audi S5 Convertible is an executive tourer with attitude - a much-needed attitude in a segment of other premium convertibles that are historically leaders in the class. This drop-top German exec shares its 3.0-liter, 349-horsepower V6 engine with the S5 Sportback and S5 Coupe, but the soft-top 2023 S5 brings a bit of flair to the party. For the 2023 model year, customers in the USA will be pleased to know that the S5 now comes with an improved sound system in higher trims and some attractive new options, but is otherwise its usual brilliant self. It might not be the most thrilling of cars to drive, but it's quick, good-looking, and tech-rich. The Audi S5 convertible puts up a strong fight against competitors such as the BMW 4 Series Convertible and its 382-hp M440i, but is this elegant cruiser tough enough to take on other German powerhouses?

Read in this review:

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2023 Audi S5 Convertible Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 S5 Convertible?

The 2023 model year is filled with handy updates that make the 2023 Audi S5 Convertible better than ever before. The exterior paint palette is updated with Chronos Gray replacing Quantum Gray. There are new standard 18-inch wheels with a 5-double-spoke design, and all S5 Cabrios get standard matrix-design LED headlights. Premium Plus models now get a standard Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound. Adaptive cruise control is added to the convenience package, while an optional Sport Interior Package adds RS carbon inlays and black upholstery with red stitching.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Sharp in the corners
  • Plush interior
  • Tech rich features list
  • Not very involving to drive
  • A bit too understated for some
  • Pricy - especially the top trims

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2023 Audi S5 Convertible Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0T Premium quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$64,400
3.0T Prestige quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$64,400
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$64,400
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2023 S5 Convertible Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 184.9 in
  • Wheelbase 108.8 in
  • Height 54.5 in
  • Max Width 72.7 in
  • Front Width 62.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 4,167.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Chronos Gray Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect/Black Roof +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • District Green Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic/Black Roof +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic/Black Roof
  • Glacier White Metallic/Black Roof
  • Ibis White/Black Roof

2023 S5 Convertible Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2023 Audi S5 Convertible Handling and Driving Impressions

Adding the letter 'S' to any Audi means enhanced performance, and the new Audi S5 Convertible shines when it comes to taking corners and cruising on the highway. It must be said from the outset that the S5 Convertible isn't as rigid and responsive with the roof down, but that's to be expected. This iteration of the convertible has the stiffest chassis to date, and most drivers will be perfectly happy with how it feels. The turbocharged V6 is more than adequate, with 349 hp and 369 lb-ft on tap that allows it to sprint when you ask it to, or cruise comfortably if you're in a more laidback mood. The eight-speed auto works well here.

Thanks to Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, grip is immense, and corner exits can be a whole load of fun, but pushed to its limits, the S5 will show signs of understeer. We wish there was more steering feedback for those who seek out connection in a car, but it's still a brilliant cruiser. The available adaptive damping suspension on the upper trims adds even more capability. If you're the type that wants to go fast with minimal effort, this could be the car for you.

2023 S5 Convertible Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.3 in

2023 S5 Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    9.3 ft³

2023 S5 Convertible Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Audi S5 Convertible A Good car?

The S5 Cabriolet is a polished package that manages to tick the boxes for comfort, performance, and drop-top thrills. The engine is potent, and driving the S5 Cabriolet is almost effortless. The cabin is a lovely place to spend time, and the list of features and driver assists is substantial; while there is no official safety review for the S5 Cabriolet, the NHTSA scored the similarly-specced 2022 A5 Sportback highly. So what could there be to dissuade you? The regular A5 Cabriolet is just as good, albeit less powerful, but it comes substantially cheaper for those who simply want to enjoy languid cruises around town. But we're particularly fond of the S5's ability to do many things well instead of just focusing on one area. If you've got the budget, you won't regret it.

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