The best convertibles to enjoy the summer sun

Porsche 718 Boxster
Porsche 718 Boxster

The UK has some of the best sales of convertibles in the world, as residents want to make the most of the rare periods of warm, sunny weather.

Looking at the forecast for the coming weeks, it looks like May will be a glorious one, with temperatures set to rise above 20 degrees for the foreseeable future.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best convertibles on sale today, taking into account a wide range of budgets.

Mazda MX-5

If you’re looking for an affordable sports car, the Mazda MX-5 should be at the top of the list. The latest generation offers one of the purest driving experiences on the new car market, thanks to its simple layout and lightweight construction.

It looks great, has an interior with a touch of premium appeal (especially at higher spec) and a roof that you can throw down in seconds. You can also pay around £2k extra to get a folding hardtop version, should that be more attractive.

Fiat 500 Convertible

If style is your preference over thrills, why not check out the Fiat 500 Convertible? The dinky Italian supermini is now only available with an electric powertrain, which fits it perfectly.

This makes it a bit more expensive than before, but Fiat has given it a fantastic design update and decent trim levels to make up for it. It also has an impressive range of nearly 200 miles, making it surprisingly adept at longer distances.

Audi A5 Convertible

We now go one level up, we have the Audi A5 Cabriolet. This is quite large and practical for a convertible, which focuses more on style and comfort than on particularly sporty. Unfortunately, if you want the powerful RS5, it’s not available as a drop-top.

That’s not a big deal, though, as the A5 Cabriolet has one of the best cabins in the business, as well as really usable rear seats. With the roof up it’s so quiet you’d never know it’s not the coupe either.

Ford Mustang Convertible

You’ll have to dig deeper into your pockets to get your hands on a Ford Mustang, but if it’s a performance convertible you want, it offers so much more than the Audi.

While it lacks the interior class and quality of the A5, it makes up for it by having a glorious V8 engine under the hood. And there’s no better way to enjoy the sound of the 444 horsepower on offer than with the roof open. It’s also available with a manual transmission for that old-fashioned purity.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Boxster used to have a bit of a reputation as the Porsche you bought because you couldn’t afford a 911. But it’s now become a truly fantastic option for those who want a sports car that’s open to the elements.

If it’s within budget, the Boxster GTS 4.0 is the best option. It costs from £70,000, but justifies it with its 395bhp 4.0-litre engine and numerous mechanical upgrades that make it one of the best driving cars on the market.

Lexus LC Convertible

The Lexus LC Convertible isn’t cheap, but it does offer an ownership experience that few rivals can match. For starters, it looks fantastic, with true concept car styling that makes it stand out regardless of the paint job.

There’s also a brilliant V8 engine under the hood that makes accelerating to the red line addictive. Finally, the cabin is worth the price tag, with quality materials and a cool design.