Believe it or not, the UK is one of the world's largest markets for open-top cars, despite our unpredictable weather.
Gone are the days when driving a soft-top was a cold, blustery, noisy experience only for diehards.
Today's convertibles are pretty much like driving regular cars, but with the added sensation of wind-in-your-hair motoring. What’s more, most of their roof mechanisms open and close at the touch of a button, so there's no stretching involved.
Whether you call them roadsters, convertibles, dropheads, cabrios or spiders, there's a great choice out there for less than £25,000...
It may be based on the Mazda MX-5, but Fiat's version has a character all of its own, thanks to its retro looks and lively 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Open-top motoring at its best.
If you're looking for retro charm, then maybe the Beetle is for you. There's just enough space for two adults in the rear and it drives well enough - just don't expect hot hatch performance or handling. This car is all about looks and taking it easy.
The latest version of the world's most popular convertible is better than ever. Stylish, well built and blessed with superb handling, there's also a distinctive RF (Retractable Fastback) variant which adds a little more comfort and coupe looks. Overall, the MX-5 is fantastic value and great fun.
MINI's popular four-seat convertible is as funky and retro as ever - and it's entertaining to drive. The fabric roof opens and closes in 18 seconds at up to 18mph. Choose the version with the smooth 134bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine and it’s good for the 0-62mph sprint in 8.8 seconds.
Chic and economical, the evergreen DS 3 Cabrio's roof can be raised and lowered in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 70mph. It's available with a range of efficient engines and there's even a sporty Performance model with a powerful 1.6-litre petrol unit that is capable of 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Fiat's funky convertible is as popular as ever. Fun and easy to drive, the 500C's fabric roof folds back electronically at the touch of a button and it’s full of retro design touches. Stretch to £17,515 and above and you can choose a more hardcore Abarth 595C variant.
This limited edition version of Toyota's distinctive city car comes with a Burgundy-coloured electrically retractable "Fun-roof". Similar to its non-identical triplet siblings, the Peugeot 108 Top and Citroen C1 Airscape (see below), it's a cabrio in all but name.
Cute, fun and economical, Smart's two-seater soft-top is a bit on the expensive side, but it’s well-built and a great choice for congested cities. Shell out £20,920 and you can get a EQ fully electric version.
Strictly speaking, the 108 Top (and the Toyota Aygo X-Claim and Citroen C1 Airscape) are not convertibles, but they are the next best thing. All three city cars were co-developed and sport large roll-back fabric sunroofs. The Peugeot 108 is arguably the classiest of the trio.
A great way to experience wind-in-your-hair motoring on a budget, the cute C1 will put a smile on your face. Fun to drive and cheap to run, its little three-cylinder petrol engine is capable of up to 68.9mpg with CO2 emissions of just 95g/km.
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