Buying a Convertible is no longer as simple as it used to be. For a start, there are now four quite different market sectors from which to choose, full of products offering quite different recipes for wind-in-the-hair driving pleasure.
You used to know what you were getting from the name. Whereas the ‘Convertible‘ title designated a fully-folding roof, ‘Cabriolets‘ left you with an unsightly rollover hoop once you were open to the elements. Fortunately, these days, stiffer bodies have tended to make such hoops a thing of the past but the ‘Cabriolet‘ tag remains.
Either way, it’s first of all a case of deciding exactly what you want. At entry-level for example, you’ve all the Family Hatchback-based models like the folding metal-top roof CC versions of cars like Ford’s Focus, Renault’s Megane or Vauxhall’s Astra. Next up are Roadsters like Mazda’s MX-5 and Lotus’ Elise, suitable for real enthusiasts or those who want a second (or third) weekend car.
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