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Best convertibles to suit your budget

Motoring 11 months ago

The summer is finally here, but we all know it won’t last. Make the most of the limited sunshine as we run down the best convertibles on the market right now.

Convertibles are not what they used to be. You no longer have to sacrifice a great driving experience to get the wind in your hair. Massive improvements have been made over the years, but which makes and models are the top of the pile? Whatever your budget, there's a convertible out there to suit you...

Budget: Up to £15,000
Citroen C1 Hatchback

Get the experience of a convertible with the comfort of a hatchback with the Citroen C1. Some might say it’s more of a glorified sunroof than a full convertible, but if you’re after fresh air when you’re out on the open road, you can’t deny that’s what the C1 gives at a very reasonable price.

Good for… short journeys
Available with a 1.0 or 1.2-litre engine, it’s perfect for zipping around town, not so great for motorway driving.

Not so good for… storage
The boot space is very limited, as to be expected. So don’t go for the C1 if you’re one for long road trips.

Budget: £15,001 - £25,000
Mazda MX-5

If you have a slightly healthier budget, you might want to think about setting your sights on the Mazda MX-5. It’s an undeniably fun car to drive with its lightweight design and build. In fact, it weighs in at less than a tonne, making it a very decent car in terms of ease of driving and running costs.

Good for… comfort
Due to its lightweight design, it’s a very comfortable car to drive. Even on the motorway, the car is fairly quiet, which is no mean feat when it comes to convertibles.

Not so good for… your only car
The Mazda MX-5 is the perfect second car. It’s fun to drive, but you wouldn’t necessarily want it to be your only option for longer journeys.

Budget: £25,001 - £30,000
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

If you’re really looking to make a statement with your convertible, then look no further than the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. It’s definitely an eye-catching ride, and it’s highly customisable so you can really get your personality across, which is why it’s earned a place in our top picks.

Good for… getting attention
There’s no doubt about it that the best thing about this car is the way it looks, and the way it feels when you’re behind the wheel

Not so good for… practicality
Unfortunately, it’s not the best for burning down those country roads. If you think of it like a sports car you’ll be disappointed

Budget: £30,001 +
BMW 4 Series Convertible

With a budget in excess of £30k, you’d expect something that’s almost perfect, which is what you get with the BMW 4 Series Convertible. It’s comfortable (both in the front and the back), well insulated thanks to the metal roof, and secure. It doesn’t have a great deal of storage, but it does have plenty of the space for the driver and 3 passengers.

Good for… smooth running
It’s a nice, smooth ride, whether you’re twisting down country roads or cruising on the motorway. It’s quiet and refined, roof up or down.

Not so good for… fuel economy
Particularly the petrol models have fairly high running costs, so this is probably not the car for you if you’re on a tight monthly budget


Hitachi Hints and Tips is intended to be informative and interesting. It does not constitute financial advice, and you should always do further research when making any financial decisions. All information was correct at date of publication.

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