Open-top car

You could be forgiven for thinking that a cabriolet can get away with doing what it does best just when the sun comes out. Not so. These days, cabriolets are bought as daily drivers, so there's no room for style over substance. While a compromise on practicality is only to be expected, ride comfort, efficiency and refinement have to be spot on; we're after an ideal balance in a car that provides the fun factor that every cabriolet driver craves.

Audi A3 cabriolet
Key facts
0-60mph 7.7sec
Top speed 150mph
Fuel economy 46.3mpg
CO2 emission 142g/km

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Best buy £25,000-£35,000

Audi's A3 is no stranger to these awards, and its impressive run of form continues in its latest Cabriolet form.

List price £28,790
Target price £28,790
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Citroen DS3 cabriolet
Key facts
0-60mph 9.9sec
Top speed 118mph
Fuel economy 49,6mpg
CO2 emission 132g/km

Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

Best buy less than £25,000

Open-top buyers tend to put style at the top of their shopping list, and the DS3 has that in spades.

List price £17,740
Target price £16,347
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Mercedes E-class convertible
Key facts
0-60mph 8.7sec
Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 58.9mpg
CO2 emission 126g/km

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Best buy more than £35,000

Face-lifts aren't usually significant, but in the case of the E-Class Cabriolet it was big enough for us to change our view entirely.

List price £39,985
Target price £35,704
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