There’s nothing quite like getting the top down on your convertible car and going for a drive on a warm sunny day. Whilst the weather in the UK might be unpredictable, we’re optimists at GetCarFinanceHere and we know that an open-top drive is an experience that can be enjoyed all year round.
You might think that owning a soft-top is out of your price range, but there’s plenty of choice when it comes to affordable convertibles. GetCarFinanceHere offers cheap car finance so you can find your dream convertible and enjoy the luxury experience without the heavy financial burden. Read on to find out our pick of the best value convertibles for your summer driving.
Mazda MX-5 Roadster
The award-winning Mazda MX-5 is one of the best selling convertibles of all time, with over 1 million sold worldwide. And it’s popular for good reason – it’s a fun but simple and reliable car that’s affordable to buy and cheap to run. It’s currently in its fourth generation, with prices falling below £9,000 for used cars. It has agile rear-wheel drive which offers great handling and a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s available with a powerful 2 litre engine or an effective but more economical 1.5 litre. The roof is manual and can be raised or lowered in seconds, perfect for the changeable UK weather.
BMW 2 Series Convertible
The BMW Series 2 has an indulgent feel with that renowned German engineering. Prices for used vehicles can range from £9,500 to £30,000, so affordable deals are available if you can find them. Look for a model that has the basic features, as it’s the optional extras that drive the price up. Thankfully, the basic version has plenty to keep you happy and make for a fun drive, including a high-spec infotainment system and Bluetooth. The drive itself promises to be smooth, with great handling and an all-round comfortable ride. The soft-top roof can be folded away in 20 seconds and works even at speeds of 31mph.
The MINI convertible brings all the fun and iconic style of the hatchback, but with an open-top experience. Used models are available under £10,000 but can go up to over £20,000, so keep an eye out for a good deal. The MINI provides sharp handling and a powerful engine. It’s currently in its third generation and has a variety of customisable options. Automatic gearboxes are possible, but the six-speed manual promises a more exciting drive. We’d also recommend a model that has rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, to make backing up easier when the roof is down and vision is impaired.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 brings a sleek and stylish look with an easy driving experience. Used models are available anywhere between £7,000 and £30,000. It’s fast and efficient, with ample space even in the back seats. Whilst it might not give the most exciting drive out of the convertibles on this list, it instead promises to be relaxing and stable. There’s an infotainment system that Audi fans will be used to, with a 5.8-inch screen and Google Maps. The fabric roof is electronic and can be raised or lowered in less than 20 seconds going at speeds of 31 mph.
Perhaps not yet as iconic as the MINI the Fiat 500 has its own sense of style and retro feel. The convertible model is available used from £1,500 to £15,000, making it one of the most affordable convertibles on this list. It’s also pretty cheap to run, with an efficient motor. And whilst the 0.9 litre engine might not pack a powerful punch, this nippy car is perfect for town and city driving. The electric fabric roof does fold down completely, but the roof pillars remain – it might not be what most people will think of when they picture a convertible, but this fun car can still give the top-down driving experience you need.
Whichever convertible you choose, GetCarFinanceHere can help you to get on the road and enjoy your open top driving. Our expert team will help you to find the best car finance option for your situation and will help you through the entire process, so you can get on the road quickly. Contact us to speak to our friendly team or apply online for your car finance.