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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Convertible Cars

March 17, 2015

With spring in the air, there’s no better time than now to start thinking about a new set of wheels. What better way to soak up the sunshine than to ride around with the roof down? In today’s Top 5 Tuesdays, we’re taking a look at the best convertibles on the road. From performance to pricing, we’ve got you covered. And when it comes to financing your shiny new convertible – we can help there too. If you want to skip the review and get straight down to business, take a look at how our car loans can help you get hands on your own convertible.

MINI Convertible

Mini Convertible

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With the roof opening in just 12 seconds, the MINI convertible allows you to make the most of the sunshine at the touch of a button. While space in the cabin is adequate, rear passengers may feel restricted when the roof is up. Rolling in at £17,850, this isn’t the cheapest convertible on the road – but for an iconic British beauty, we think it’s pretty reasonable!

Audi A3 Convertible

Audi A3 Convertible

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The folding fabric roof on the Audi A3 convertible takes 18 seconds to lower and can be controlled on the move (not exceeding 31 mph). This more economical Audi gets a thumbs up from us in the driving department. With in-car features including a 5.8 inch screen, Bluetooth and climate control, there’s not much more we could ask for from Audi. Starting at £26,085, it’s the most expensive of our top 5 convertibles – but its classy looks are priceless and those looking for a eye-catching ride won’t be disappointed.

BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW 2 Series Convertible

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Coming in at £26,045, the BMW 2 Series convertible is very slightly cheaper than the Audi, but comes with much of its appeal. Even with a choice of three petrol engines, there is some argument for the more efficient BMW 220d diesel. Despite its slick exterior, the materials in the cabin don’t appear to follow suit – taking away from the style of the car. The awkward shape of the boot means storage space is limited, particularly when the roof is lowered. Even with these slight limitations, the 2 Series still oozes the class we have come to expect from BMW.

Citroen C1 Convertible

Citroen C1 Convertible

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Our cheapest option, the Citroen C1 convertible is budget-friendly but very obviously lacks the luxury of the bigger, more spacious motors. At just £8,345, it’s no wonder this is amongst our pick of best convertibles. The attractive interior and retractable fabric roof are just part of the many appeals if this motor. The Citroen C1 convertible is fairly cheap to run and a budget-friendly purchase – what’s not to love?

Fiat 500C Convertible

Fiat 500c Convertible

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Coming in at the middle of our pricing range, the Fiat 500C starts at a reasonable £13,420. With the roof down in mid-position, the cabin remains pleasantly quiet. However, retract it fully and more noise is evident. Similarly to the MINI, front passengers will have ample room – while those in the rear will struggle to get comfortable. Despite its size, the convertible Fiat 500C is surprisingly stable on the road.

Whether you fancy the high end Audi A3 convertible or the budget-friendly Citroen C1, our flexible lending options can help get you on the road. Apply now or check out our car finance calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.