We live in a country where good weather is not always on the cards. Nevertheless, we Brits love our convertibles and are surprisingly one of the world’s largest markets for buying convertible cars.
So, seeing as we’re a nation of top-down car lovers, we’ve rounded up the best convertibles for you to enjoy in the 2018 sunshine.*
Feel free to browse the full list, or jump to the cars that best match your budget using the links below:
*Sunshine not guaranteed.
Best Convertibles 2018: £18k – £25k
New Mazda MX5 – from £18,995
Features: SKYACTIV Technology, MZD-Connect, Advanced Safety Technology
The iconic, multi-award winning, Mazda MX-5 embodies everything that this car is famous for – phenomenal performance, agility and driving dynamics combined with the thrill of a rear wheel drive. Top Gear sing the MX-5’s praises too… ‘A complete sweetie of a roadster, this is the best the MX-5 has been perhaps, ever.’
New Mini Convertible – from £19,270
Features: Rear Parking Distance Control (PDC), 6.5″ Colour Infotainment Screen, Full Front and Rear LED Lights
The new MINI convertible is good looking and nippy in all aspects; with a roof downtime in 18 seconds flat and as What Car? confirms ‘the Mini Convertible does a brilliant job of isolating its front passengers from wind noise.’ So, if you’re after a good-looking fun drive, the MINI Convertible is probably the one for you.
New Mazda MX5 RF – from £22,495
Features: KODO Body Styling, MZD-Connect, SKYACTIV Technology
Unlike the MX-5, the all-new MX-5 RF features a retractable hardtop roof which has been beautifully crafted with the KODO: Soul of Motion design theme. And if you’re wondering what its like to have long-term, Auto Express confirms ‘The MX-5 RF has truly impressed us over the past 12 months…It’s great-value fun.’
Best Convertibles 2018: £26k – £55k
New Vauxhall Cascada – from £28,025
Features: Front and Rear View Camera, Powered Ergonomic Sports Front Seats
Elegantly designed with a premium finish, the Cascada is packed with the latest safety and infotainment features, for an exceptionally comfortable drive. Auto Car points out ‘If you can drive one of these spacious, comfortable, quietly handsome cruiser convertibles and still judge it inferior to similarly priced drop-tops such as the BMW 2 Series Convertible, ask yourself why. Chances are you’ve fallen prone to a touch of badge snobbery.’
New BMW 2 Series – from £28,260
Features: BMW ConnectedDrive Services, Heated exterior mirrors, Rear Park Distance Control
With its sharp and assertive looks, the 2 Series is certainly a head-turner. Available in three trim levels, with seven different engine variants to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.
According to Auto Express ‘Practicality isn’t too bad for a small convertible, with a good sized boot and two small rear seats to offer extra space. Most of the interior is carried over from the 2 Series Coupe, in fact, meaning the Convertible is a comfortable cruiser, helped by a new triple-layer insulated roof that keeps road noise to a minimum.’
New Mercedes-Benz SLC – from £32,444
Features: Sports Braking System, DYNAMIC SELECT, Cruise Control
The striking SLC is powerful, dynamic and includes comprehensive safety technology and lavish features to ensure your drive is a comfortable as possible.
New BMW 4 Series – from £39,220
Features: Front and Rear Park Distance Control, Sport Seats in Leather, Cruise Control
The sporty, agile and impressive BMW 4 Series Convertible has been kitted out with stylish equipment and boasts the very latest technology, so you will have everything you could possibly need and more, right at your fingertips. Top Gear’s verdict is this ‘The default four-seat Cabrio. Excellent engines and quality, impressive metal roof too.’
New Audi A5 – £38,085
Features: Comfort Dynamic Suspension, Heated Front Seats in Twin Leather, Parking System Plus
Every new feature and detail on the A5 Cabriolet has been carefully crafted for your driving pleasure, and not only that, it is teeming with the latest technology too, including a 7” colour driver’s information system, Audi sound system and Xenon headlights fitted as standard. Top Gear’s verdict ‘The A5 has quietly established itself as a seductive alternative to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class’.
New Audi TT RS – from £54,230
Features: Heated Front Seats, Deluxe Auto Air Conditioning, All-weather LED headlights, Front and Rear Parking Sensors
The soft-top version of Audi’s smallest coupe, the TT Roadster comfortably seats two passengers and is fitted with a fabric rather than a metal hood, making it lighter and much more agile to drive. Car Buyer says ‘If you’re after a two-seat, open-top sports car that combines quality, a fun-to-drive attitude, reasonably low running costs and good performance, then the Audi TT Roadster is an excellent choice.’
Best Convertibles 2018: £100k+
New Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible – from £164,800
Features: Four-layer Insulated Roof, 20” Open-Spoke Design Alloy Wheels, Iron Brakes with Red Painted Brake Callipers
Apparently, there is nothing more intense than driving the Continental GT V8 S Convertible and I think it’s safe to see (and hear) why that might be. Excelling in the performance stakes doesn’t mean that it has to compromise on the comfort levels either, and easily accommodates up to four people. Car Advice handily points out ‘the front seats also come with a neck heater’ so you’ll even stay warm on those slightly chillier days too.
If you are struggling to decide which convertible is right for you, we are more than happy to help with any questions you may have about these models as well as any other available model options – give us a call or drop into your local dealership today. If you’re eager to start your search now, you can start looking here.
*** Please note, all prices shown are based on the MRRPs at the time of going live (April 2018). ***