By: Sam Bisby
As the Great British summer finally gets into gear, we usually take every opportunity we can to expose ourselves to that bright orb in the sky, with convertible cars one of the very best ways to enjoy the warmest season of the year.
We truly have a strong affinity for cars whose roofs can drop at the touch of a button. Not all cabriolets and convertibles are the same, however, as each and every one possesses their own style and persona. Here’s a guide to Stoneacre’s best convertible cars for those interested in having a car with unlimited headroom for the summer.
Citroen DS3 Cabrio
Taking its stylish and massively popular DS3 hatchback, Citroen implemented one of the more original open-top designs to create the delightful DS3 Cabrio.
The car’s roof works in a similar method to that of the old C3 Pluriel, in that the cloth top retracts towards the rear of the car to reveal what is hopefully a glorious blue and sunny sky. With the DS3 Cabrio’s pillars remaining, the car retains most of its rigidity and as a result keeps its stable body control and grip. Performance is also a high point of the DS3 Cabrio, with the 154bhp THP trim certainly the one to go for when it comes to potent motoring.
If you felt the chic Fiat 500 required a bit more of the Mediterranean about it, you’ll be glad to know the Italian manufacturer placed a similar retractable cloth roof to its French counterpart on their fashionable little hatchback.
Again, like the DS3 Cabrio, the 500C keeps its main pillars to keep the chassis strong and produce as little shake as possible that you usually get from a lesser strengthened car. Those after a car full of character will not be disappointed and the Fiat 500C is ideal for those who like to stay stylish.
Moving away from the Astra-badged convertible, Vauxhall released its Cascada cabrio last year in a bid to gain a larger upmarket customer base. In order to achieve this, the Cascada is graced with top quality leather seating and upgraded dashboard materials. Space is also a key element for Vauxhall with this model and the Cascada offers a very different type of convertible experience to that of the DS3 Cabrio or the 500C.
Vauxhall has been able to give the Cascada a very supple suspension set-up, with the ability to upgrade this further with the optional Flexride adaptive dampers. Meanwhile, wind and tyre noise are kept to a minimum across the model’s range, and grip in the corners is very generous.
When I said Britain has a massive affinity for convertibles, that counts doubly for the supreme Mazda MX-5. The sporty two-seater has been with us for 25 years now and has evolved into one of the most enjoyable convertible cars on the market.
The fun factor is where it counts for the MX-5, with the car’s light body resulting in some of the best handling in class; the MX-5’s rear-wheel-drive nature and rigid chassis heighten the enjoyment and satisfaction attained from driving this car. The MX-5 is also the only car in this list that offers a hardtop folding roof that continues in production today as a result of its popularity on British shores.
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