Best convertibles 2021
The best convertibles come with four seats and offer driving fun come rain or shine. We name the models worth considering and the one 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 find it easier to snap up a bargain.
Don't go thinking that you'll have to wait months to use your new purchase, either, because the best modern convertibles are anything but fair weather cars.
Below we count down our current top 10 (and reveal the convertible that's best avoided). If any of them take your fancy, just click on the relevant link to find out more or see how much our our New Car Buying service could save you.
The best convertibles...
10. Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
If you're looking for a refined and comfortable convertible, then the E-Class should definitely be on your shortlist. It's a fine open-top cruiser that specialises in offering a cushy ride. And you get to enjoy it from a beautifully built interior. It's just a shame the car feels so heavy in corners and its boot is poorly shaped.
9. Rolls-Royce Dawn
With prices starting at well over £200,000, the Dawn is by far the most expensive car on this list, but it's also exceptionally good. We'd expect it to offer luxurious fittings and a magic-carpet ride – which it does – but the Dawn is also every bit as quiet with the roof up as the Wraith coupé on which it's based, with the added advantage of being able to drop its top when the sun is shining.
8. Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet
The C-Class Cabriolet faces some strong competition, including BMW's open-top 4 Series. But while that has the edge when it comes to handling, the Mercedes is the more complete package, offering a more refined, economical and comfortable experience.
7. BMW 8 Series Convertible
BMW's 8 Series Convertible sits in an interesting little niche, costing much less than the bigger, plusher Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet and Bentley Continental GTC, while still feeling more special than the cheaper E-Class Cabriolet.
6. Audi A3 Cabriolet
The A3 Cabriolet is the smallest convertible Audi offers, but it's also one of the best around. The 1.5-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 an electric roof that can be folded away at speeds of up to 31mph. The A3 Cabriolet is due to go off sale soon, though, so you'll have to be quick.
5. Mini Convertible
If you like your convertibles small and cute, look no further than the Mini Convertible. You get the same smart styling and good driving dynamics as the modern Mini hatchback, but there's also an electric folding fabric roof for when the sun is out. Just bear in mind that there isn't a great deal of space for rear passengers.
4. Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Okay, so the DB11 Volante is ultimately less practical than many of the other cars on this list but, in terms of outright driving thrills, it walks over almost any other rival. It offers massive performance, a beautifully crafted interior and is comfortable for long road trips, blending comfort with sporty handling.
3. Audi A5 Cabriolet
Based on the Audi A4 saloon, which was our Car of the Year back in 2016, the A5 Cabriolet has plenty going for it as a smooth and sleek soft-top. Not only is it more refined than the 4 Series Convertible, despite that having the advantage of a folding metal roof, but it's sharper to drive than the C-Class Convertible and classier inside than both these rivals. A supple ride completes a fine package.
2. Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Not only is the latest Porsche 911 Cabriolet a searingly fast soft-top with top-class handling, it feels more luxurious than ever inside. This isn’t just a car you could drive every day; it’s one you’ll really want to.
1. Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
From its powerful yet smooth range of engines, to its luxurious interior, the S-Class Cabriolet offers a serene way to experience open-top motoring. It's quiet, too, so even when the roof is down you'll barely need to whisper to be heard, and it even handles well for a car of this size. It is, quite simply, the best convertible car money can buy.
And the convertible to avoid...
Smart Fortwo Cabriolet
The Fortwo Cabrio's diminutive proportions make it a doddle to park. However, the ride is bumpy at all speeds and the handling nervous outside the city limits.