Despite the British weather, UK car buyers are among the biggest enthusiasts for wind-in-your-hair motoring, so convertibles have always been surprisingly popular here. It’s best to be able to react to the fickle climate, though, so we’re after a roof that opens (and closes) slickly and quickly and good top-down cruising refinement.
There are precious few bespoke drop-tops these days, so your choice of models is generally limited to soft-topped versions of existing models. Mini will sell you a drop-top version of the style-focused Mini, if you’re after a bit of flair, but if you can live with two seats and a relatively pokey boot it’s hard to look past the brilliant Mazda MX-5.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet, meanwhile, brings all of the benefits of the regular A3 – refined engines and a beautifully finished cabin, with a well-insulated fabric roof that can fold up or down in 18 seconds. Alternatively, much more expensive Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is one of the most luxurious convertibles on sale.