If you simply can't trust the British weather, a coupé, rather than a convertible, may be more your style. Readers have been very positive about the cars in this class, so even the last-place Mercedes CLK gets a four-star verdict overall.
There are two five-star cars at the other end of the table, the Audi narrowly pipping the Peugeot 407 coupé to reach top spot – which fares significantly better than the saloon version in the family car section.
The best: Audi
Irvine Crighton 'The A5 is a privilege to own and to drive. After having three A6s in succession, I decided to relive my youth and bought a TT – but after two months I found it was impractical for my lifestyle, so I ordered an A5 1.8 TFSI Coupé.
'I've had two long journeys in the car, and it was simply effortless to drive. It was recalled to get its ECU replaced and it now performs much better. Acceleration is more responsive and fuel economy now reads 43 mpg (up from 35mpg). It's been worth every single penny.'
The worst: Mercedes-Benz CLK Phillip McCarthy 'I bought my CLK at six months old and when I sold it, it had done 42,000 miles at an average of 33mpg. It was really good to drive and it still looks classy. Servicing at my Mercedes dealership was very good, although at £100 an hour it should be!
'I traded the Mercedes in against an Audi A6 Avant and got £9000 for it – a £23,000 drop in four years. All things considered, though, the CLK was a very nice car to own and to drive.'