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The Peugeot 307cc has good looks, is comfortable to drive, and for those sunny days the chance to lower the roof and enjoy the open top experience. On the downside all but the smallest adults will struggle in the back over long distances, and with the car being very heavy acceleration is sluggish. O [...]
1.3 2009 - The latest Daihatsu Copen has grown ‘just’ a little and has been given a new normally aspirated 1.3 litre engine and improved suspension. It all adds up to an even more involving, fun ride that promises to put a grin on your face. It offers genuine sports car thrills for peanuts and will always be [...]
GT - The cabriolet king is back, in the 207 CC, Peugeot offer a master class in how to produce a classy convertible supermini. Restyled in July 2009, the 207 CC makes the open air option affordable, practical and yet still ooze style. As the top selling coupe cabriolet in Europe, the 207 CC sets a high s [...]
The Volvo C70 may not have the kudos of an Audi A5 Cabrio or BMW 3-Series Convertible, but the Swede is cheaper to buy, insure, service and run. Most buyers of the C70 opt for the 2.0-litre turbodiesel model and it’s this one that holds its value best, as well as offering 47.1mpg combined economy - [...]
Despite our somewhat unpredictable climate, we Brits do love a convertible. This might seem a little odd, but if you drive in hotter southern European countries, regular alfresco driving will only get you sunstroke: what you really want there is a good aircon system. But as we only get really strong [...]
1.6 VVT 133 Dynamique S - Based on the Renault Clio II, the new Wind is a 2-seater with a clever, rotating convertible hard-top developed by the firm responsible for the roof of the limited-edition Ferrari 575 Superamerica. Exotic indeed, but can this baby roadster be likened to a supercar in other ways?
The Peugeot 207 CC is a very good looking car and that alone will be enough for it to hold its value well in sun-lovin’ Britain. The added attraction of a folding metal roof guarantees the 207 CC has healthy used prices, so this is a drop-top to own, enjoy and not worry about the pennies in.
2.0 TSI - Cars with folding hardtops used to be a rare sight until the Mercedes SLK came along, but now there’s a plethora of similarly-quipped, so-called Coupe Cabrios; VW wasn’t the first to follow the SLK’s lead when it launched the Eos in 2006, but could the Eos match the reputation of the much-loved Golf [...]
2.4 JTDm - The Alfa Romeo Spiders quality has an immediate charm whereas the ride and handling of the car grows over a period of time. Certainly a car you choose with your heart and not your head.
280 - The Mercedes SLK is a car that is a strange phenomenon, positioned by the maker as a roadster, it is aimed at sports car enthusiasts. This is fine when you look at the car in isolation but put it in a group of vehicles in the same sector and you feel that this car has been misplaced. We put the SLK [...]
2.2 JTS - 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 - Some current two-seater roadsters are so over-styled and fussy-looking that they almost seem dated already. In ten or twenty years we’ll look back and say, ‘Did I really drive that?’. Not so the Alfa Spider which, although essentially a soft-top Brera, will look gorgeous for decades to come.
sDrive 23i - BMW’s Z4 continues the German carmaker’s tradition for long-nosed, rear-drive roadsters, a tradition that evokes the classic 507 from the 1950s, revived more recently with the Z1, Z3 and Z8. The Z4 carries on from where the previous iteration, launched in 2003, left off, but with one major differenc [...]
Iconic is a much-overused word these days, but in the case of the Mercedes-Benz SL roadster, it’s justified. For its sixth-generation SL, Mercedes-Benz has introduced numerous improvements and styling changes – not all of which are a total success – to bring the car up to date. There are three versi [...]
The Mini is a true motoring icon that will be 50 years old in 2009. As part of the celebrations, a new Convertible version is going on sale, boosting the latest generation’s line-up to three models. There are no great changes to the new Convertible, relying on a tried and tested formula of go kart-l [...]
The A3 Cabriolet is the third convertible in Audi’s model range. A compact four-seater, it’s aimed at buyers with lower incomes than TT Roadster or A4 Cabriolet owners. It’s a microcosm of everything owners like about an Audi: stylish, well-engineered, practical and fun to drive, it’s a solid drivin [...]
1.5 CZC1 - The Mitsubishi Colt CZC is an extremely appealing car and the turbo offers driving pleasure and excitement. Competitively priced with a very large boot when the roof is up.
2.8 Aero V6 - Saab are the most experienced designers of four-seat, four-season soft-top cars, they have been doing it for twenty years. Distinctly Saab and extremely safe, the 9-3 is a solid and well equipped convertible.
Mercedes’ new four-seat open-top is now back as part of the E-Class family rather than the previous CLK that has more in common with the C-Class in looks and drive. Svelte looks are all part of the deal and the new E-Class Cabriolet is also the first four-seat Merc convertible to be offered with a c [...]
2.0T Aero - Back in the mid‘ 80s Saab effectively reinvented the 4-seater convertible. With a powered and robust fabric roof featuring a heated glass rear screen, the 900 Convertible was, for the first time, a genuine all-year-round proposition. Though much copied since, the current 9-3 – introduced in 2004 and [...]
The 308 Coupe Cabriolet has pulled off a trick few other makers of four-seat convertibles can manage by making the 308 CC feel very rigid and flex-free. There’s a definite up-turn in the quality of cabin materials and all of the pieces appear to be connected to each other in a fashion that suggests [...]
2010 - The UK sales success of the Mini Convertible can comfortably be ascribed to the twin affections of the carbuying public for open-topped cars and the iconic little British motor. The second-generation Convertible went on sale in mid-2009 with Cooper, Cooper S and hot John Cooper Works versions. Now a [...]
Mercedes SLK now enters its third generation and it gains a bit more attitude than before courtesy of some SLS-alike styling. The cabin also borrows some of its style from Merc’s gullwinged supercar, but the SLK still remains one of the most friendly, usable and likeable roadsters on the market. It [...]
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