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Top five convertibles for summer

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Author: | Updated: 21 Oct 2019 15:42

With some parts of the UK set to hit record-breaking temperatures this week and the summer holidays around the corner, is it time to consider getting a drop-top?

With the perfect excuse to get the roof down, we’ve picked out a selection that’ll help you catch the sun this summer – whatever your budget. So if you fancy soaking up some of the summer rays, here’s five cars that will fit the bill perfectly.

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 front

The Mazda MX-5 is a roadster that needs no introduction. It’s not really a list of convertibles if it doesn’t feature is it? Whatever, we thought we’d get this one out the way nice and early. Its rear-drive platform, peppy petrol engines and of course that removable roof means it’s one of the best value cars if you want the maximum amount of fun.

It was updated last year too, with the 2.0-litre engine now more efficient and economical than before. There’s been some subtle tweaks to the suspension too. If you want a halfway-house between a ragtop roadster and a metal roof, you’ve also got the Fastback RF model to consider.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes C-Class is one of Leasing.com’s most popular models, and there’s no shortage of reasons why: classy looks, an opulent interior, while a recent refresh has helped boost its appeal ever further. Lucky for you sun seekers then, that it’s available in soft-top form.

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, with the potent and refined diesels still being the go-to choice for many. Unlike lots of convertibles, this is one that’s a true four-seater, so it should be a hit with the family too.

BMW Z4

BMW Z4

After a brief break from the market, the BMW Z4 has returned, and it’s one of the most tech-filled two-seat convertibles ever – there’s a 10in infotainment system and a 12in driver display that can compete with any of BMW’s more grown up saloons, while the overall quality of the interior is the best we’ve seen from the brand in quite a while.

And we’ve not even mentioned the wind-in-the-hair thrills the fabric roof and fun driving dynamics combo yet. Even in its most basic 20i guise, it gets from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. It’s great to look at too. In short, this is one of the latest and greatest convertibles available.

Mini Convertible

Mini Convertible

Following a mid-life refresh last year, the Mini Convertible remains an affordable and trendy droptop. It might not be as practical as the conventional hatchback, but you’ll forget about that every time you put the roof down. It’s still a genuine four-seater too, if that’s a top priority.

There’s plenty of choice if you want a performance model too; it’s available as a Cooper S if the 1.5-litre petrol engine isn’t powerful enough for you. It should suit most though, because even in its more basic forms the Mini Convertible is just as fun and nippy as the hatch.

Fiat 500C

Fiat 500 C

If your monthly budget can’t quite stretch to the cars above, then fear not. Your answer could come in the form of the miniature Fiat 500C! Ok, the iconic city car is available without a roof, and is one of the most affordable convertibles on site.

While it doesn’t have quite the power to match the other topless Fiat above, it has a charm that few other cars on the road can match. Not only is it cheap to lease, but cheap to run too – the 1.2-litre petrol engine is capable of more than 50mpg.

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