The nice weather is finally here, but we all know it won’t last. Make the most of the limited sunshine with the best convertibles to suit all budgets.
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 at the top of the pile? Whatever your budget, there's a convertible out there to suit you...
For a small convertible suitable for anyone living in the city, the Fiat 500C is both cheap and chic.
The low-cost purchase price is a major selling point for this car, along with its stylish look, which doesn’t seem to be going out of fashion any time soon.
Don’t let the 1.2L engine fool you, as the Fiat 500C is surprisingly nippy when driving around town, but maybe not so much for longer journeys.
With four previous generations of this fun little roadster, the Mazda MX-5 convertible is still a firm favourite on our roads.
This car is seriously fun to drive and if you choose the 2.0L engine, you will definitely get a huge amount of enjoyment from it. As the suspension is softly sprung, this provides a comfy ride over most road surfaces, dealing with speed bumps and the odd pothole with ease.
At such an affordable price, this car is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a weekend car which is more fun than your regular 9 to 5 motor.
Iconically British, the Mini is still a firm favourite in the UK and one of the best sellers when it comes to convertibles. Not only is it pocket-sized but it also packs a punch on the road too.
A smooth drive, high-quality interior trim and an impressive infotainment system, this car is great value for money.
Available in a variety of trims, ranging from the entry-level 1.5L classic all the way up to 2.0L with sports suspension and seats, there is definitely something for everyone.
BMW 2 Series
If you’re looking for a bit more luxury on a modest budget, then the BMW 2 series convertible is just the ticket.
Be prepared to be spoilt for choice as this car has a selection of three or four-cylinder engines, two or four seats depending on your needs and not forgetting all the safety equipment packed in for good measure.
Finally, each car also comes with 'no limited mileage' warranty and roadside assistance which is valid for 3 years – what more could you ask for?
Jeep Wrangler Soft Top
Not all convertibles are sports cars and if you’re an adventurous person, then the Jeep Wrangler Soft Top is perfect for all those off-road trips.
Aside from looking great, the Wrangler comes with some impressive kit as standard; such as a huge 8.4inc touchscreen infotainment system loaded with European maps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. The actual interior isn’t too shabby either with plush leather furnishings.
Available in a variety of trims, there is no reason why you can’t find the perfect one for you.
Audi A5 Cabriolet
If you prefer subtle luxury over flashiness then look no further than the Audi A5. This car is based on the popular Audi A4 but with some major improvements.
With plush furnishings, an awesome infotainment system and satnav as standard, you won't be disappointed with the interior. Also, as an optional extra, you can upgrade to have a fully digital cockpit compared to the standard analog dials.
Also, this car is more economical compared to older models due to lower emissions which is a win all around.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Finding a convertible that is both big and graceful at the same time isn't easy however the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a game changer.
It's beautifully equipped, complete with cruise control, electric leather seats, ambient lighting, and parking sensors - to just name a few. Also, the powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine won’t leave you disappointed with the performance.
There is also plenty of space for 4 adults to travel in comfort and very reasonably priced.
Ford Mustang GT
For those of you who have admired this classic American muscle car, Ford has built a UK compatible version suitable for our roads and with right-hand drive.
Not for the faint-hearted, the GT has a lot of power under the bonnet in the form of a V8 5.0L engine. Even though it won’t win any prizes when it comes to fuel efficiency, the sheer fun, and enjoyment of driving this car is enough.
Jam-packed with high-quality equipment such as keyless entry and start, LED headlights, 19 alloy wheels, parking camera and adaptive cruise control amongst others, you won’t be disappointed.
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