Convertibles. Despite our notorious climate, believe it or not we Brits buy more convertible cars than pretty much every other country in Europe. And with the weather starting to get us into gear for the summer, we thought we’d take a look at the best cabriolets on the market for the warmer months. So whether you’re looking to cruise down to the Norfolk coast or explore the Yorkshire Dales, here are our Top 5 Convertible Cars for Summer 2019!
Porsche 718 Boxster
If you’re looking for a new convertible this summer, look no further than the Porsche 718 Boxster. We understand some’s annoyance at Porsche’s decision to replace swap the Boxster’s much-loved naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine with a turbocharged flat four. And yes, it might not sound as good as it used to, but the 718 is still an icon. The Boxster boasts speeds of 0-60 in just over 5 seconds and has relatively reasonable running costs for a luxury sports car. What’s more you’ll find ample cabin and boot space – much better than similar sports cars in the same price range.
Prices starting from £46,651
MINI Cooper Convertible
Oh, we do love a MINI. And taking the roof off thankfully doesn’t diminish any of the MINI’s notorious charm. It’s agile on the road, efficient in running and comes with an electric roof that opens in just 18 seconds. There’s a vast range of personalisation options too if you’re looking to tweak your ride. We’d always recommend the more powerful Cooper S, though.
Prices starting from £20,085
BMW’s sixth generation convertible Z car, the new Z4, combines performance and style with usability and convenience. While it may trade a little bit of its sport edge for comfort, it’s handling is superb and is ideal for any Joe who wants a two-seater convertible they can use all year round thanks to its reliable engine, rear-driven chassis and distinctive character. Not to mention, we think it looks the part.
Prices starting from £36,000
Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
True four-seat convertibles are rare, but the drop-top E-Class is a genuine article with plenty of space at the back and a full 385-litre boot to carry luggage. Sitting snuggly between the smaller C-Class Cabriolet and the expensive S-Class Cabriolet, comfort takes priority over speed with the Mercedes E-Class, thanks to soft suspension and a relaxed driving experience. Unlike many convertibles, the E-Class’ interior is advanced too, with the option of two 12.3-inch screens side-by-side on the dashboard.
Prices starting from £45,880
Mazda MX-5 Roadster
Of course, no list would be complete without mentioning the iconic Mazda MX-5. It’s the world’s best-selling convertible and for good reason. Not only has it always been a giggle drive largely thanks to its lightweight body, its gearbox is one of the best on the market. Now in its fourth generation, it’s reliable and incredibly value. No wonder when asked to rate the MX-5, Jeremy Clarkson said, “the only reason I’m giving it 5 stars is because I can’t give it 14.”
Prices starting from £18,995
So there we have it – our five favourite convertibles to help you make the most of the weather during the summer. And if you need a place to take your brand new drop-top, here some of the World’s Most Scenic Coastal Drives!