A convertible car is a great choice for anyone who loves to feel the breeze through their barnet as they fly down country lanes on a scorching summer day…

Just don’t be expecting the level of practicality that you’d get from an SUV or an estate car. 

It’s the cheapest convertible that the prestige German car manufacturer has on offer, but don’t be mistaken, it’s also one of the best. 

It’s a two-seater sports car, so the word ‘practicality’ doesn’t exactly spring to mind… but then you probably wouldn’t be looking for a convertible if this was important to you. There’s 275 litres of storage space split between the front and rear boot, so say goodbye to those golf clubs - or the person in the passenger seat.

That being said, the 718 Boxster does ‘sports car’ very well. It’s got a great low-slung driving position but sacrifices nothing in terms of visibility. There’s also plenty of adjustment in both the seat and the steering wheel. 

There’s an entry-level 2.0-litre unit with 295bhp manages 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, while the

larger 345bhp 2.5-litre S model manages that in just 4.6 seconds. Fuel economy isn’t the worst either, with 35mpg.

It may not have the characterful growl of the Mustang with its V8 engine, but this car handles a lot better. It’s firm but manages bumps in town reasonably well. Both the manual and automatic gearboxes are some of the most responsive on offer. Steering is precise, and there’s enough grip that you can hurtle around corners without losing control. 

Pros

  • Great fun to drive.
  • Solid interior.

Cons

  • Not the most exciting engine.
  • Options can be expensive.
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Porsche 718 Boxster Roadster

8 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 180 - 210g/km

From £577.01 Per Month

Initial Rental: £6,924.12 inc VAT
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If you’ve always wanted a Mini but you’ve found your height to be a bit of an issue, the Mini Convertible takes everything that’s great about the mini and adds limitless headroom - that is, if you fold the roof down. 

As with the standard hatchback version, there are endless options for customisation that go beyond just stock trims - you can now even have your own personalised trim pieces 3D-printed or laser-etched by the company!

Everything from the metal air vents to the aeroplane-style toggle switches and the large circular infotainment screen make this car feel significantly more refined than its equally retro rival, the Fiat 500C

As you’d expect, an already small boot has been squished down even more in this soft-top version of the Mini. While this may not be the most practical convertible (good luck trying to fit someone in the back seats) that’s probably not a major consideration if you’re looking for a convertible anyway. No, you want something that’ll put the wind in your hair and a smile on your face, and we can assure you, this car will do that!

Pros

  • Stylish.
  • Lots of personalisation options.
  • Great fun to drive.
  • Cooper models offer a performance boost

Cons

  • Small boot.
  • Cramped back seats.
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Mini Convertible

56 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 104 - 211g/km

From £216.98 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,603.76 inc VAT
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This year’s refresh of the Audi TT Roadster marks the model’s 20th anniversary with a boot-load of upgrades. This includes a more solid chassis, completely eliminating any body wobble that you’d usually get when you chop the roof off a car, as well as a slick, minimalist interior with some great tech features.

Like its hard-top sibling, the Roadster comes with a 12-inch digital driver’s display, known as Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’. This can be found in the binnacle (behind the steering wheel), which actually makes a lot more sense than you might initially think. You can have your sat-nav positioned just behind the wheel, for example, which means you’ll never have to let your eyes stray too far from what’s happening up ahead. 

Unlike its hard-top sibling, the Audi TT ditches its rear two seats for an electric folding fabric roof. Unfortunately, if you think this means there’ll be more space in the boot, you’ll be disappointed. The TT Roadster’s boot is much smaller than the fixed-roof TT and has a narrow aperture. Its load bay may be quite broad and square, but it’s also very shallow, even by roadster standards. Sure, it’s ok for your weekly shopping, but you might have to use the passenger seat if you’re thinking of taking your golf clubs. 

Nevertheless, the TT Roadster is much lighter and narrower than other small convertibles like the BMW Z4, making it much nippier around the corners. The front-wheel drive version can sometimes struggle to grip the road when the roads are wet and slippery, but the four-wheel drive model will make short work of these. 

Pros

  • Lovely cabin quality.
  • A joy to drive with great cornering.

Cons

  • Poor visibility behind when the roof is up.
  • You have to pay extra for climate control, cruise control and sat-nav.

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Audi TT Roadster

34 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £374.32 Per Month

Initial Rental: £4,491.84 inc VAT
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With a decent amount of leg room up front and space for two in the back, the E-Class cabriolet is one of the few, large luxury convertibles on sale with four seats that are actually usable. 

The interior is one of the best in its class. A sweeping metal dash and unvarnished ash wooden trim, metal air vents and metal toggle switches make the E-Class Cabriolet feel like one of the sturdiest and most expensive on offer. 

The E400 comes with a 12.3-inch colour screen as standard on the E400 line, along with an advanced satnav, and other features such as Android Auto, Apple Carplay and an onboard wi-fi hotspot (though you will have to pay extra to upgrade from the 8.4-inch screen on the E220d and E300).

As you’d expect from a luxury cruiser, the seats are comfortable with lots of support all round. There’s also electric adjustment as standard, so you should have no trouble getting settled down for a longer drive. 

Pros

  • Lovely interior.
  • Comfortable to drive.

Cons

  • Not the sportiest open-top

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Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet

20 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.5
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £474.32 Per Month

Initial Rental: £4,268.88 inc VAT
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While space not be your number one priority if you’re considering a convertible, the A5 does a decent job of maximising available space. You should be able to fit four people inside with relative ease, and there’s a pretty handy 380 litres in the back for storage, though this will be reduced when the roof is folded down. 

Even the standard trim comes with xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a 7-inch colour infotainment screen with a DAB radio and sat-nav and three-zone climate control. The S-Line and above trims include mostly aesthetic updates, so there’s no real reason to upgrade to a higher level trim, unless you’re dead-set on appearances.

You’ll also find it fairly easy to get comfortable in the A5 cabriolet - no matter how tall you are. The steering wheel can be adjusted for height and reach and there’s also plenty of adjustment in the seats, including electrically adjustable lumbar support.

Pros

  • Nice interior.
  • Reasonably cheap to run.

Cons

  • Not the most exciting to drive.
  • Boot capacity is reduced when you lower the roof.

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Audi A5 Cabriolet

23 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £352.84 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,175.52 inc VAT
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The C-Class Cabriolet is Mercedes’ smallest four seat convertible; there’s just enough room for two adults in the back with the roof up. That being said, if you’re looking for a dedicated four-seat convertible with a little more boot-space for those family outings, you might want to consider the E-Class or S-Class instead. 

Hop inside and everything about the interior is unmistakably up-market. There are man-made leather seats, stylish metal air vents, a brushed aluminium trim and metal toggles for heating and ventilation controls. The centre console is made of solid black plastic, but you can upgrade this to a matt-black wooden console if you wish. The carbon pack lets you swap this out again for a carbon fibre centre console if you want something a little more sporty. 

There are plenty of trims and upgrades to choose from. The optional air suspension smoothes out any bumps or potholes with ease, and you can opt for AMG tuning if you’re looking for a fast sports car. If you’re not feeling like parting with any more than you need to, you’ll be pleased to know that all models come with a super-smooth 9-speed automatic gearbox, as well as safety features such as cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The new C-class Cabriolet also retains its 5* Euro NCAP rating from 2017, making this one of the safest drop-tops on the market.

Pros

  • Smart interior.
  • Relaxing drive.

Cons

  • Not as nimble as others on this list.
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Mercedes-Benz C Class Cabriolet

29 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 1.5 - 4.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 116 - 236g/km

From £393.35 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,540.15 inc VAT
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This sexy two-seater, as impractical as it may be, is more than likely to seduce you with its looks. Unfortunately, you’ll have to be prepared to make do with only two seats and a tiny boot in the Jaguar F-Type

The cheapest trim lacks many of the features that you might expect as standard in a Jag. Dual zone climate control is an optional extra, and you’ll have to pay more for a dashboard that isn’t plastic, for example. 

If you’re really looking to fine tune your car, you’re in luck. The basic model comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, though this doesn’t make anywhere near as much noise as we’d like.  Go for the V6 400hp Sport model and you’ll rocket from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds and make some noise doing so. If you’ve really got the need for speed of course, you can always opt for the 5 litre V8 with four wheel drive.

Pros

  • Gorgeous exterior.
  • Lots of engine choices, including a noisy V8.

Cons

  • Guzzles fuel.
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Jaguar F-type Convertible

15 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 179 - 275g/km

From £679.50 Per Month

Initial Rental: £8,154.00 inc VAT
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Take a look at the 4 series convertible with its roof up and you’d be forgiven for thinking it looks a lot like the fixed-roof coupe version. That’s because, unlike most of the cars on this list, the 4 series convertible comes with a folding metal roof. That’s a huge plus if you’re planning on doing lots of long-distance motorway journeys and want to keep the noise out, but it ultimately adds a lot of weight to the car, making sharp turns a little more difficult. 

There’s a lot of scope for customisation with this car, with a choice of six engines, a manual or an automatic gear-box, two or four-wheel drive, and two different trims. 

Whichever trim you opt for, you’ll be treated to an infotainment system which is the best in the business, BMW iDrive. There’s the option to use either the touchscreen or a rotary dial for input, so you don’t have to aimlessly prod the air if you don’t want to take your eyes off the road. For the 10.2-inch screen with phone mirroring however, you will have to upgrade to the M Sport version. Either way, you’ll get one of the most responsive and intuitive infotainment systems on offer. 

If you don’t feel like splashing the cash, you’ll be pleased to hear that even the most basic trim also comes with dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, Bluetooth and front and rear parking sensors.

Pros

  • Well-equipped, even on the basic trim.
  • Great infotainment system.
  • Comfortable.

Cons

  • Rear seats are a bit of a squeeze.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible

13 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 2.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 116 - 195g/km

From £400.18 Per Month

Initial Rental: £4,802.16 inc VAT
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The Mazda Mx-5 comes in two varieties. The plain ol’ Mazda Mx-5 comes with a soft-top roof while the RF (which stands for retractable fastback) comes with an electrically operated retractable hard-top. Originally, we were inclined to shortlist the more expensive RF because, well… winter is coming. Instead, we’ve picked the soft-top. It’s a few grand cheaper and it doesn’t make a huge difference to the level of noise isolation when driving at high speeds. 

If you’ve never had an open-top car before, the entry-level pricing of the Mazda MX-5 makes it the convertible of choice. Unlike the similarly priced Mini Convertible and the Fiat 500c, the Mx-5 will give you the thrill of driving a sports car. It’s lightweight and quick to change direction and a decent amount of grip means you won’t have to shy away from picking up the pace on twistier segments. 

Unfortunately, the base-model interior is nothing special. This comes with a CD player, AM/FM radio and USB inputs. You will have to opt for the SE-L Nav+ or above for a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Sat-Nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth. You’ll also need to upgrade for leather upholstery. If you’re looking for interior quality at this price range however, the Mini Convertible still edges it. 

Pros

  • Fantastic value for money.
  • Great handling.

Cons

  • Not the fastest.
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Mazda Mx-5 RF Convertible

10 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 138 - 167g/km

From £303.86 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,646.32 inc VAT
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It might well be one of the most iconic cars on this list, but it’s probably also one of the most divisive. If you’re expecting a plush interior of the level that you’d get from a BMW or an Audi, you’ll be sorely disappointed by the hard black plastics inside. There’s a great 12-inch digital drivers display that sits just behind the steering wheel, but this feels cheapened by the Mustang’s less flashy 8-inch infotainment system which looks like a relic of the early noughties. 

Still, the driver should have no trouble getting comfy, as the steering wheel can be adjusted for height and reach and there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat. It has also got four seats, making it somewhat practical. Don’t be surprised if those in the back start complaining about leg room though...

It’s not as sharp as the A5 cabriolet at turning and there can be a bit of shuddering when the car hits a rougher surface due to the absence of the roof holding it all together. However, you can upgrade to the Magneride suspension and this is all but eliminated. 

Of course, there’s a choice of engines. The 2.3 litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine feels effortlessly fast. But that’s not the real reason why you’d want a Ford Mustang Convertible. 

The 5.0 litre V8 engine is the real reason. You’ll be struggling to wipe that silly grin off your face as you thunder down the road to one of dirtiest soundtracks on sale. This much noise should be illegal...

Pros

  • Naughty V8 Engine.
  • Lots of equipment as standard.

Cons

  • Cheap feeling interior.
  • Expensive to run.
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Ford Mustang Convertible

12 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 184 - 306g/km

From £557.77 Per Month

Initial Rental: £6,693.24 inc VAT
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That’s our top 10!

Whether you’re looking for a sports car or a city car, a luxury car or a budget range model,  there’s nothing stopping you from experiencing the thrill of open-top motoring in your new car.

And this list barely scratched the surface. Other noteworthy convertibles from the German manufacturers include the BMW 2 Series Convertible, Audi A3 Cabriolet and the Audi R8 Spyder.

For cheaper, and slightly quirkier designs, check out the Peugeot 108 TOP convertible or  the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.

Or, if you’re looking for something truly luxurious, why not take a look at the Rolls-Royce Dawn or the Bentley Continental GT Convertible?

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