Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI Quattro S line
I'm a big fan of the Audi A5 and have been ever since I was driven around in the 2.7-litre V8 diesel version. Now, that engine's old hat, and has been replaced by a newer more refined 3.0-litre diesel unit that produces even more power.
The best specification A5 in my opinion is this, the A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI Quattro S line. It takes all the best bits of Audi and puts them together; Power Hood? Check. Quattro 4 wheel drive? Check. Big fat V8 diesel? Check.
Design wise the facelift S Line A5 is nicer than ever and benefits from new alloy wheels, dual separated exhausts and more modern headlights. Inside, it's all very much typical Audi, with soft touch materials everywhere you look and the steering wheel and controls have a high quality feel to them.
Out on the road the Audi A5 Cabriolet is a fantastic machine to be behind the wheel of. This version's got 240 horsepower and 368.8 lb /ft of torque to get the blood racing, which is more torque than you'll likely come across elsewhere in your travels. That makes it faster than its competition although not quite so much as the Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet 350 BlueEFFICIENCY SE which has just under 400 lb /ft.
Line the Mercedes and the A5 up, though, I'd go for the Audi every time. I think that unless a Mercedes features an AMG badge they're best left alone, as an Audi or BMW offers the same quality in 99.9% of areas.
Also, for the price you can buy a basic specification E-Class Cabriolet, you can get a top specification S Line A5 Cabriolet. Rather than be at the bottom of the Mercedes pile wouldn't you rather be at the top of the Audi's?
S Line trim gets you LED headlights, lots of gorgeous aluminium throughout the cabin, special S Line sports seats, special S Line alloys and sports suspension set up. For just under £44,000 you get a fully loaded car that goes like the clappers and will suit practically any occasion, being classy enough for fine dining and professional enough for the stock exchange.
What's the Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet got going for it? I'll get back to you when I can think of something good.