- Mazda MX-5 – the fun convertible car
- Audi A3 Cabriolet – the four-seat convertible car
- Porsche Boxster – the enthusiast convertible car
- Mercedes SL – the posh convertible car
- Mini Convertible – the popular convertible car
Best convertible cars
Explore the UK’s best range of convertible cars, including the best hard top convertible cars and best four-seater convertible cars
While some of it is quite un-fussy, with a manually operated fabric roof, no driver modes, rear-wheel drive and a naturally aspirated engine, you still get plenty of modern tech, with SE-L Nav getting you climate and cruise control, sat-nav, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
Audi TT Roadster
The three-layer fabric roof offers impeccable refinement, eliminating wind noise, and thanks to the optional wind deflector and heated seats, it’s a genuine all-season convertible. The roof can come down at the touch of a button at speeds up to 31mph.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
The fabric roof can be operated at speeds up to 31mph, and with a front and rear boot, both big enough to take a couple of weekend bags, you could even call the 718 Boxster practical… ish.
Thanks to sharp steering response and agile handling, the 718 is a sports car that you’ll be able to place on the road with incredible precision and enjoy every corner. That said, keep in mind you’ll need to spend big on optional equipment to make your 718 Boxster a happy place... you don’t get all that much on the base spec.
McLaren 720S Spider
Ford Mustang Convertible
It also boasts more than enough glamour to park outside the finest Park Lane hotel, and that’s before you show off its party piece roof. Strangely, you have to begin this process from a standing start, after which the unfurling process is able to continue at speeds up to 25mph.
The V6 engine and relaxing nine-speed automatic gearbox work in silky smooth harmony, although if you’re after ultimate bragging rights, you could choose one of the bonkers Mercedes-AMG versions.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible
Everything that makes the Mini Hatch a good little car – sharp steering and body control, style, high quality details – is all present and correct in the Convertible.
Allegedly it’s a four-seater, but the rear two seats are only really acceptable for children. It’s quite pricey when you compare it with other retro rivals like the Fiat 500C or the DS3 Cabrio, but it’s got strong resale prices and is a better car overall. Rear visibility isn't great, roof up or down, but you do get rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard to help.
BMW 2 Series Convertible
Fiat 124 Spider
A convertible is a car that can ‘convert’ from a car with a roof to one without and be driven in both scenarios.
The word “cabriolet” originates from 1800s France. It was originally used to refer to light, two-wheeled horse-drawn carriages. Like a convertible, the top could be pulled over if needed.
Some manufacturers prefer to call their cars cabriolets (or cabrios) because it is an older, more traditional term. American manufacturers, however, are more likely to refer to their cars as convertibles.
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Beyond the standard soft and hard-top convertible cars, there are other varieties like:
- Semi convertibles (sometimes called cabrio coach). Unlike full convertibles, they have all the bodywork up to the top of the door – it’s just the roof that retracts.
- Roadsters (also called spiders/spyders). These are normally sporty two-seaters, like the BMW i8,
- Four door convertibles, like the Jeep Wrangler.
- Off-roaders sometimes have convertible options, like the Suzuki Jimny and Land Rover Defender.
Convertibles with retractable metal roofs tend to be much quieter than those with fabric roofs when it comes to road and wind noise. In some cases, they can be as quiet and secure as a regular hard-top car.
But metal-roofed convertibles tend to be heavier, which can affect fuel economy, and the mechanisms used to retract the roof can take up a lot of boot space when compared to convertibles with fabric roofs.
Some convertibles also offer a detachable hardtop. While some of these can be stored in the car’s boot, many can’t and so have to be left in a garage or storage. With so many improvements in retractable roofs, detachable hardtop are much less common nowadays.