Top 10 best value convertible cars in the UK
The top ten convertible cars which can be found on British roads.
With British summer time fast approaching now has never been a better time to buy or lease a convertible car in order to enjoy the sunshine when driving around the UK.
Thanks to the unusually warm spring weather, convertible cars have never been so popular with British drivers and with summer time a matter of weeks away there are no end of models available to lease or buy.
Here then are ten of the best convertible cars which can be bought on the market for open road use and which offer UK drivers the best experiences for driving with their tops down.
In tenth place is the Smart Fortwo Cabrio, which is on the market for £11,085 and is the least expensive convertible around to drive in Britain. The three cylinder engine offers 71 brake horse power and has a top speed of 90 miles per hour. The car can reach 60 miles per hour in 13.7 seconds thanks to its automated manual five-speed gear transmission.
Body panels for the Fortwo Cabrio are made from scratch-resistant plastic and can emerge unscathed from minor scrapings. The car works better as a city car rather than being driven along open country roads which increases the chances of being caught in commuter traffic.
In ninth place is the Fiat 500C. It has been described as a four-seat super mini which can come with one of three engines, two of which are petrol and one of which is a diesel. The car can reach 60 miles per hour in 12.9 seconds and has a top speed of 99 miles per hour.
At a cost of £12,665 the car is one of the most affordable convertibles available on the car market with a stylish canvas roof which folds back. Also noted as one of the most stylish convertible cars that can be bought, the Fiat 500C is classed as a ’2+2′ car as opposed to a simple four-seated vehicle.
In eighth place is the MG TF, a remodelling of an automotive classic – the MG F – which MG produced in the early-mid 1950s. The original design blueprint of the MG F was used for the MG TF but changes were initiated such as replacing the Hydragas suspension with coils, creating an altered grill, redesigning the front headlights and offering side air-intake grills.
MG’s TF received a four star rating from the Euro NCAP safety group and sticks to the parent group’s design of mid-engined family friendly cars. The price is only £13,799 and is fitted with a K series four cylinder petrol engine which allows the car to reach a top speed of 137 miles per hour.
In seventh place is one of the sleekest designed convertibles available for a reasonable price – in this case £15,205. The appropriately named Renault Wind is a two seater car styled in the mode of a sports coupé. The 1.2 litre engine offers the vehicle 136 brake horse power which lets the car reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Renault’s convertible can also race to 60 miles per hour in ten seconds.
The Wind’s roof is controlled electronically which offers the driver a fast solution when the weather changes suddenly, a very beneficial bonus when driving in Britain. Offering a five-speed gearbox but no diesel engine, the Wing can occasionally flatter to deceive, making it excellent for driving around hillsides in the country but not as satisfying for cruising along on the motorway.
No list could be complete without the Mini One convertible car which is one of the great driving experiences along British roads, all for a cost of £15,800. The car can reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour and can reach 60 miles per hour from zero in just over 11 seconds.
Like a lot of convertibles on this list, the car seems to appreciate being driven through motorways and city roads far more than winding its way through long country roads. The car is noted for its compactness, has a smart design and drives well.
Peugeot’s 207CC is ranked in the top five of the most affordable convertibles around. The vehicle’s price of £16,545 represents a move towards the upper end of the convertible affordability scale but the money spent does provide for a 1.6 litre engine which offers 110 brake horse power and a top speed of 119 miles per hour.
From a standing start, the car can reach 60 miles per hour in just over ten seconds, helped by a five speed manual gear stick and front wheel drive. Unlike a lot of convertible cars the 207CC has a larger boot space, perfect for carrying a picnic when motoring along country lanes looking for somewhere to to stop off.
Ranked fourth is the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, manufactured by the Wolfsburg firm in order to modify a classic car model to broaden its appeal to consumers. Costing £16,595, the car is a four seated vehicle with little space in the back of the car and almost non-existent boot space.
Positives outweigh the negatives though, with the car offering a comfortable ride due to a variety of engines from 1.6 litre to 2 litre which allows the Beetle Cabriolet to race from 0-60 in 12.9 seconds. The car has been designed for cruising which makes it ideal for trips out in the country along quiet roads.
The top three has a true retro-themed car on the list, the Caterham Seven. The car has the potential to reach a top speed of 120 miles per hour thanks to its 140 brake horse power. The car can race from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, adding to the experience of this car being one of the most memorable drives around.
Coming in at a cost of £16,650, the Caterham Seven also boasts a 1.6 litre Ford Sigma engine while the driver and passenger can sit comfortably in the car’s racing style seats. The convertible roof must be opened and closed manually and the air conditioning is next to non-existent, however the sheer thrill of driving the car makes up for its (few) faults.
In second place is the Abarth 500C, a car priced at £17,868 and available with an electric hood roof which can be reclined and put up again at the flick of a button. With a four cylinder 1.4 litre turbo-charged engine allowing the car to reach a top speed of 128 miles per hour, the car has been designed as a competitor to BMW’s Mini. From a standing start the car reaches 60 miles per hour in eight seconds and is one of the smoothest drives around.
Abarth came about through Austro-Italian Carl Abarth who sold his eponymous model to Fiat in 1971. Fiat kept the original name and allowed it to flourish outside of the Fiat range, despite the firm being the parent company of the car.
Mazda’s MX-5 claims the crown for the best value convertible car, coming in at a cost of £17,975 and offering the consumer a two-seater sports coupé. The third generation model of the MX-5 offers the driver a two door vehicle which can come with a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic.
Offering 158 brake horse power the Mazda MX-5 can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 9.4 seconds. On top of this, the MX-5 can reach a top speed of 130 miles per hour. One of the most popular convertible cars in the world, Mazda’s vehicle is light, responsive to sensitive handling and comes with a nimble chassis, underlining why it is a favourite with convertible enthusiasts.