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Best cars for summer driving

Make the most of the hot weather with our pick of the best convertible cars

Nimisha Jain

Words by: Nimisha Jain

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Last updated on 14 July 2022 | 0 min read

With the temperatures soaring high in the UK, it’s the perfect time to blast out some tunes, turn up the air conditioning and take your car out for a spin.
Here are our picks of the coolest rides to enjoy the sun in this summer:

Bentley Continental GTC S

Bringing luxury to summer cruising, the Continental GTC has increased its offerings with two new models – the GTC S, focused on sporting performance, and the wellness-orientated GTC Azure. The GTC S expresses its character through a standard sports exhaust so driver and passengers can hear that acceleration as well as feel it. Meanwhile the Azure has a more relaxed ambience that, from Bentley’s description, sounds like a wellness retreat on wheels.
So, whether you prioritise onboard comfort or dynamic performance, Bentley has a convertible to suit you this summer. Explore our range of convertibles

2. VW T-Roc Convertible

Pack a bag and head on an adventure in Volkswagen’s T-Roc Convertible this summer. The T-Roc is a convertible SUV – it comes with a power-folding hood which makes it perfect to soak up the sun, while its SUV foundations mean sandy coastal car parks won’t be a problem.
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Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible
VW T-Roc Convertible

3. Mazda MX-5

If you’re chasing the thrill of driving a sports car this summer, Mazda MX-5 might be the one for you. This much-loved two-seater roadster is lightweight and compact, fun to drive and best of all, it doesn’t break the bank.
A fresh spin on Mazda’s classic roadster the latest version has all the mod-cons while maintaining a minimalistic vibe, making it just as suitable for the day-to-day as it is popping out for an ice-cream, just for the sake of it. The Mazda MX-5 was voted by us as the most fun car to drive in 2020 because of how accessible yet fun it is to drive. Explore more cars by Mazda
Red Mazda MX-5
Mazda MX-5

4. Fiat 500 Cabriolet

The Fiat 500 Cabriolet is a new, all-electric version of the retro-looking 500s that defines Fiat’s image. The small size of the 500 makes it perfect for driving around the city, but the Cabriolet also comes with a retractable canvas top, which can be used as an extended sunroof to enjoy on sunny days or rolled all the way back to enjoy as a convertible when you really want to feel the wind in your hair.
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Fiat 500 Cabriolet
Fiat 500 Cabriolet

5. Hyundai IONIQ 5

Summertime is a great way to recharge ourselves after months of cold, wintery days. But what if we told you that you could recharge your car as well? Well, Hyundai latest IONIQ 5 comes with the option of a solar roof that helps recharge this electric vehicle, or even power electric appliances from its ‘Vehicle 2 Load’ external socket.
The IONIQ 5 also comes with two display screens so that you can use one just for entertainment purposes, it is super spacious which means you get to ride not only in style but also comfort, it comes with five USB ports so that everyone’s devices are always charged and the seats recline as far as you can imagine and they come with a footrest at the bottom to provide you with a proper airport lounge feel and comfort.

6. McLaren 720S Spider

The McLaren 720S Spider had to make the list of best summer cars – it’s a hardtop convertible that comes with its own pair of sunglasses!
The 720S Spider has a standard carbon rooftop but, for an additional price, you can add what’s called an electrochromatic roof panel, which uses electrical charges to add tint to the clear glass and stop the interior from getting too hot on sunny days. The tint options are available in green tint or dark grey colours. You can choose how much light comes into your car by adjusting the settings on the control panel above the driver seat. Browse our range of McLarens on Auto Trader
McLaren 720S Spider
McLaren 720S Spider

7. Genesis G80

If you want to beat the heat this summer then the Genesis G80 is the car for you.
This executive saloon comes in various trims and package options, including the ‘rear seat comfort package 1’ which offers curtains within the car to provide shade and stay protected from the sun. The package also includes a three-zone climate control which even the passengers in the back can control. Read our full review of the Genesis G80
Genesis G80
Genesis G80

8. Porsche 718 Spyder

The Porsche 718 Spyder is for all sports car fans who want a bit more aggressive convertible to drive.
The 718 Spyder comes with a part-electric fabric roof that looks sleeker than the standard Boxster’s but requires a little extra effort to stow. This is all worth it as the Spyder is specifically made to be enjoyed with the hood down. The car’s unique looks, along with its high-revving engine and performance make it an absolute delight for summer driving on twisty roads. Related: Best convertible cars 2021
Porsche 718 Spyder
Porsche 718 Spyder

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