Some of us dream of owning a convertible car. The wind in your hair while driving in the blistering sunshine is an unrivalled experience.
But, what if you need a bit more practicality from your car though? Well, fear not, as drop-top roofs aren’t limited to just two-seat sports cars. In fact, many more practical options exist on today’s market. We take a look at the best four-seat convertibles you can buy today.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
If you want to make a real statement with the car you drive, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible ticks all the boxes.
It’s got the premium badge, stylish looks and the canvas roof to really stand out on the road.
Since its introduction in 2007, the Fiat 500 has carved itself as quite the fashion accessory. What better way to add to that? A convertible roof, of course.
It retains the looks that have made it a must-have for the style conscious but brings the canvas top for that extra layer of pizzazz.
Want that sense of open air while you’re chauffeured to your business meetings? The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the car for you.
This luxury machine shares most of its components with the Wraith — meaning supreme comfort and lots of class — but with the addition of a canvas roof.
Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet
If you’re looking for a practical yet compact coupe but want to feel the wind in your hair the three days the sun comes out in the UK, then look no further than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.
It brings the stylish looks and the strong range of engines of the normal C-Class — from four-cylinder diesels right up to AMG V8 models — along with the collapsible roof.
Citroen C1 Airscape
The Citroen C1 has been something of an alternative choice in the city car segment, and those who want to be that little more different now have the choice of the Airscape.
This canvas-roofed supermini is a chic option on the market and is great consideration for drivers young and old thanks to low costs and insurance premiums.
Audi A5 Cabriolet
The Audi A5 Cabriolet might lack the excitement and ‘look at me’ image of some of its convertible rivals, but it’s a plush, well-equipped and luxurious convertible that looks stunning, too.
Audi offers a range of petrol and diesel engines in its A5, while the performance version – the S5 – comes with a tasty 349bhp 3.0-litre V6 that can take the car from 0-60mph in under five seconds.
BMW 4 Series Convertible
In 2014, BMW culled the 3 Series Convertible name, with the model being replaced by the 4 Series. The 4 Series is therefore a convertible version of the 3 Series in all but name.
As with the Audi, BMW offers a range of strong engines in the 4 Series. It’s also impressively refined for a convertible, thanks mainly to the folding metal hard top. It’s also one of the roomiest convertibles here.
DS 3 Cabrio
In the same way that the Fiat 500C isn’t a ‘true’ convertible in the sense that the convertible roof doesn’t tuck away completely, the DS 3 Cabrio’s roof works in the same way, sitting on top of the boot lid with the window frames still in place.
The DS 3 Cabrio is roomy for its size, while also surprisingly good fun to drive. For those wanting even more glam from their DS3 Cabrio, the French manufacturer often has a special edition or two available.
Probably the most charming convertible on this list has to be the humble Mini Convertible. With its iconic looks and distinctive folding roof, the British-built hatch has long been one of the best-selling convertibles on sale.
A new model has only just reached showrooms and features new tech as well as Union Jack-style rear lights. Ok Mini, we get it you’re British…
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
While we’re on the theme of iconic cars, we might as well jump to the Beetle Convertible. It’s certainly a rival to the Fiat 500 as a car deemed more of a fashion statement than a car.
That said, it’s full of charm, comes with a range of strong engines and is very well-equipped. You better act quick, though, as unfortunately Volkswagen is not planning to bring out another Beetle once this ceases production.