The sun is shining and the UK is experiencing the hottest week of the year so far. What better way to enjoy the amazing weather than with the top down of your underutilised convertible!
We’re going to take a look at the best new and used convertibles for sale and also a very exciting new release coming to the market this September.
Peugeot 308 Coupé Cabriolet
No longer in production, the Peugeot 308 Coupé Cabriolet has continued with the revolutionary metal folding roof design pioneered by the Peugeot 206 CC. The roof itself is easy to use, folding away with the push of a single button. Although the back seats are only really useful as luggage and bag space, you don’t buy a car like the 308 CC for load carrying. Peugeot have gone to lengths to give the car a more upmarket feel than its predecessor, the 307 CC. The 308 CC is a good-looking car for those who want the advantages of a convertible but still want the driving ease of a hatchback.
Nissan Micra C+C
The popular Nissan hatchback was given a summer makeover between 2005 and 2011 when the Micra C+C was in production. Nissan took all of the excellent features of the Micra hatchback including its easiness to drive, light steering and easy to use controls and put them in a convertible that has excellent build quality. The back seats could be used for transporting passengers, but in reality they are better served as additional luggage space for the boot. The roof mechanism is similar to that of the Renault Megane Coupé Cabriolet with a one touch operated roof to expose the cabin to the summer elements.
Renault Megane Coupé Cabriolet
The Renault Megane Coupé Cabriolet took the metal folding roof one step further by introducing an all-glass folding hard top. With the top up, the glass roof makes the interior feel bright and airy. The roof simply folds at the touch of a button to reveal the true exterior that is visible through the glass. Renault made a real effort to provide the Megane CC with a high quality environment that was distinct from the non-convertible Megane. The Megane CC is a sleek, modern and stylish convertible that provides a comfortable and relaxing drive.
According to Vauxhall, ‘summer is a state of mind’ which can be experienced all-year round in the Cascada. Based on the same platform that underpins the award-winning Astra hatchback, the Cascada provides four adult-sized seats and a boot of up to 350 litres. It is built for relaxed, comfortable and economical cruising which can be experienced in the ventilated and multi-adjustable ergonomic sports seats. There is a firm emphasis on quality and functionality to deliver soft-top elegance.
The Abarth 595C is based on a Fiat 500, but it is definitely its gym-fanatic brother. From the moment you sit in the 595C, you realise that it is not an urbanised 500 with its pair of Sabelt racing seats in the front and standard-fit aluminium pedals and footrest. Despite not being the most logical choice, the Abarth 595C is certainly entertaining to drive and the soft top roof provides the opportunity to hear the roaring exhaust system a little louder.
Don’t be fooled by the Fiat 500C’s apparent identical look to its hatchback sibling, the Fiat 500. The 500C is a convertible that has been reborn from Fiat’s legendary 1957 Nuova Cinquecento. Like its inspirational ancestor, the 500C isn’t a conventional convertible, but instead has a hidden full-length canvas sunroof that can be retracted to invite the sunshine and breeze into the cabin. With a range of pastel and metallic colours to stand out in the sun, the 500C is a real winner when it comes to modern convertibles.
Peugeot 108 Top / Citroën C1 Airscape
Following on from the Fiat 500C, Peugeot and Citroën have released special convertible editions of the 108 and C1 cars respectively. The soft-top versions have a stretch of canvas with easy-to-use opening and closing controls instead of the traditional metal roof. These convertibles are available in bi-tone colour combinations so buyers can customise their new car to match their individual style.
Although it is not a full-on convertible, it certainly ticks all the boxes and more when it comes to summer driving. The DS range is starting to flourish and find a real identity that is becoming more apparent with every model that is released. The DS3 Cabrio certainly looks the part when it comes to style on the road with sharp looks and a wide choice of colour and personalisation options. The roof has three set positions: slightly retracted, half-open or fully retracted. Unlike some of the other cars in this list, the DS3 Cabrio is relatively comfortable for passengers in the back to enjoy the benefits of travelling with the roof open.
Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat released some very exciting news when they announced the return of the classic 124 Spider this September. The design has been modernised for the 21st Century, but it has been crafted to provide the perfect balance between driving precision and the feeling of freedom that only a true spider can provide. With unmistakably good looks inside and out, it is sure to be a big hit when it is finally released back on to the roads on 10th September 2016.