Best and worst convertibles 2018

The summer sunshine is here and that means now is the perfect time to buy a convertible car. We name the ones you should look for and the ones to steer clear of come rain or shine...

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Darren Moss
17 August 2017

Best and worst convertibles 2018
Best and worst convertibles 2018

The Mercedes S-Class is well associated with luxury motoring and this open-top version only broadens its appeal. For a car of this size, it handles sharply with accurate steering, while the interior is as well appointed and luxurious as you'd expect. Whether you're driving it or being driven in it, the S-Class Cabriolet is excellent.

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Our pick: S500 AMG Line

Best and worst convertibles 2018

We named the coupé version of the Audi TT a winner at the most recent What Car? Awards, so we'd expect this convertible version to perform strongly, too. It really impresses with an exciting driving style and the same high-tech interior that made the coupé a winner, even if it remains a strict two-seater with very little storage space inside. Our favourite Sport trim gets you 18in alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity, although you'll want to specify rear parking sensors and the optional wind deflector as well.

Best and worst convertibles 2018

The A3 Cabriolet is the smallest convertible model Audi offers, but it's also one of the best around. The electronic roof can be folded away at speeds of up to 31mph and the whole operation takes just 18sec. The 1.4-litre petrol engine we recommend is economical but sporty and the mid-range Sport trim offers all the goodies you'll want, including dual-zone climate control, sports seats, sat-nav and 17in alloy wheels.

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Our pick: 1.4 TSI 150 Sport

Read on to find out which car is our favourite convertible, as well as the ones to avoid