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10 Convertible's To Get You Excited This Summer

With summer coming, the thoughts of many motorists turn to the joys of open top motoring. It is famously the most expensive time to buy a convertible but not everyone wants to wait until autumn when soft tops are cheaper. Here are ten models that could be worth splashing out on.

With summer coming, the thoughts of many motorists turn to the joys of open top motoring. It is famously the most expensive time to buy a convertible but not everyone wants to wait until autumn when soft tops are cheaper. Here are ten models that could be worth splashing out on.
 
1) Audi TT Roadster
 
There are few prettier cars around than the TT and the Roadster version is also lovely. The early models from 2007 received some criticism for their handling but they still look great. The second incarnation of the Audi TT Roadster took the criticisms on board and it is probably even more enjoyable to drive and with slightly sharper looks it appears more purposeful and slightly more aggressive. The 2.0 TFSI is thought by many to be the pick of the bunch. 
 
2) BMW 6 Series Convertible
 
Launched in 2011, we are beginning to see more of these coming onto the second hand market. They are certainly pricey, with new prices starting around £65,000, but they are truly beautiful and luxurious cars, with stunning performance. There is no fancy folding metal roof here, unlike some other competitors, but the rag top works well and is extremely well insulated. There are no bad engines in the range but the 640d is a peach. 
 
3) Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
 
The Merc is slightly older, being launched in 2010, so prices have come down a little. The E-Class Cabriolet has more or less replaced the CLK in the German firm’s range and it is much more spacious and also a step up in overall quality. The Merc’s roof is again fantastic and has even been tuned acoustically to offer one of the quietest cabins of any convertible with a fabric roof. Performance is good, too, with a particularly stiff chassis. 
 
4) Volvo C70
 
The Volvo C70 convertible is perhaps not the prettiest car on our list but it still looks the business. It got a major facelift in 2010 and the folding metal roof makes it an extremely practical option for year-round motoring. The C70 has all of Volvo’s legendary reliability and adds a bit of fun and style, too. Post 2010 models are sharper and the interior has benefited from a few nips and tucks.
 
5) Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
 
The Cabriolet version of the ever-popular Golf has been around a long time and has become a much loved classic. The latest version dates from 2011. It keeps much of the standard car’s practicality and weight is kept to a minimum with the fabric roof. It’s a reliable option that perhaps doesn’t stand out in any particular area but offers the thrill of open motoring with the reassurance of familiar quality.
 
6) Renault Megane Cabriolet
 
Many manufacturers have introduced cabriolets based on hatchback models and the Megane is easily one of the best. A standout feature is the innovative roof, which features two glass panels instead of a cloth or steel roof. This adds the welcome feature of a bright and airy cabin with the roof up. 
 
7) Jaguar XK Convertible
 
The XK Convertible has been around since 2006, so it is becoming ever more affordable. It manages to combine the three vital characteristics of a grand tourer, being comfortable and luxurious and offering fantastic performance. Fixtures and fittings are top quality and even the older cars are wearing well. The engines are great and the refinement on offer makes the XK a real treat to drive.
 
8) BMW Z4
 
There are many open top cars in the BMW range but for an out and out sports car, it has to be the Z4. It’s a traditional two seater but its folding metal roof makes it practical to own even when the roof is up. BMW has some great engines in the Z4 range and the three litre twin turbo unit is excellent.
 
9) Mazda MX-5
 
The MX-5 deserves its place on any top list of convertibles. After the demise of the MG, it took over the mantle of offering simple and affordable open top motoring. The traditional set-up of engine in the front driving the back wheels makes it great fun to drive and because it’s been around for so long there is an MX-5 to suit most budgets.
 
10) MINI Convertible
 
Last but by no means least, the MINI convertible is great fun to drive, looks lovely and has real brand appeal. It can get a little blowy with the top down but you will be enjoying yourself so much that it just won’t matter.

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