Best and worst convertibles 2019
The best convertibles come with four seats and offer driving fun come rain or shine. We name the ones you should look for and the ones to avoid...
Now is the perfect time to buy a convertible car, because sales are slowest when the weather is at its worst. You should, therefore, be able to snap up a bargain.
Convertibles and cabriolets still have to offer more than just good looks, though. They need to be refined, comfortable and economical enough to drive every day, whatever the weather.
Of course, all this is pointless if the car isn't any fun to drive, so the best open-tops out there need to strike a good balance between performance and four-seat practicality.
Below and over the next few pages, you'll find our favourite convertibles and the ones we think you should avoid. And, remember, before you start shopping for your new car, take a look at What Car? New Car Buying to see how much we could save you on your next car.
Inject some American style into your open-top drive with the Ford Mustang. The big selling point here, apart from its distinctive looks, is the potent V8 engine under the bonnet. Its prodigious power makes the Mustang explosive in a straight line, which partly makes up for its mediocre handling and sky-high running costs.
The first BMW offering on our list is the open-top 4 Series. We'd stick with SE specification, which has most bases covered, and team it with the smooth 420d engine. It isn't the most spacious four-seat model out there, but it does offer striking looks outside and a quiet, upmarket experience inside.
8. BMW 2 Series Convertible
The BMW 2 Series Convertible looks expensive next to its immediate rivals, but it is great fun to drive and comfortable over long distances. Our recommended Sport trim gets you sports seats and bespoke alloy wheels – and the 220d engine we recommend is punchy yet reasonably economical.
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