Believe it or not, Britain, with our one-hour summers and iffy air quality, is one of the largest markets in Europe for convertibles. While that might say something about the optimism of the people living in Britain, it most definitely defines Brits as open top car lovers.
We bet if you’ve clicked on this article, you have some kind of inkling to roll with the roof down yourself. But before we get into this list, we recommend doing a car valuation first. After all, the big question is how much money do you have to spend on a new car?
Right, back to convertibles. Below we’ve picked our favourites that are sensibly priced, offer the wind-in-your-hair experience, deliver a great driving experience and most importantly, allow you to make the most of spring. However long it lasts.
- Mazda MX-5
The world’s bestselling open-top has been around since the Nineties in the UK. But we’re talking specifically about the latest version.
Like the models before it, the newest car delivers thrills thanks to a tried and tested recipe of zingy, naturally aspirated petrol engine up front with power being sent to the rear wheels. Not much can touch an MX-5 for thrills in this price bracket.
You’ve the option of a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre. We recommend going for the 2.0-litre. The added grunt really makes the car come alive, and it doesn’t affect the mpg too much.
- Fiat 500C
This modern Fiat 500 has really kept Fiat alive in the UK. You rarely see other Fiat models, but the 500 is a regular on high streets up and down the country.
The convertible takes all of the goodness of the hatchback but adds an adorable fold down fabric roof. It retains its B- and C-pillars, meaning the roof isn’t just up or down. You can choose from sunroof-esque to full top-down cruising.
We recommend going for a mid-spec car so you’re not totally bereft of features.
- BMW 4 Series convertible
Something a bit more expensive, but worth it in our eyes. It’s good looking, quiet, and posh. It comes with sensible petrols, frugal diesels or a swashbuckling 510bhp M performance model.
But no matter which engine you pick, you’re rewarded with a car that’s good to drive. The interior is laid out superbly, and the lack of annoying vibrations, even when the roof is down, is commendable.
Even the cheapest models are well equipped and quick enough for most people’s needs.
- VW T-Roc Cabriolet
Who says convertibles can’t be sensible? After all, not every convertible owner is a twenty-something gadabout sans responsibilities.
The T-Roc is a convertible SUV. That means it’s tall, so it’s easy to get in and out of. The view out ahead is good and it’s a proper four seater, with room for two adults in the rear.
Just a couple of petrol engines are available, luckily they’re both pokey and frugal enough.
- Mini Convertible
The Mini convertible is one of the most fun and characterful cars on sale today. It constantly makes you smile. Whether it’s with a fruity exhaust note, terrier-like dynamics or just a set of natty racing stripes.
It has more equipment than you’d expect, and Mini is famed for bringing big-boy customisation to much smaller cars.
All are good to drive, but the Cooper S hot-hatch with 190hp is an utter riot.