Is a convertible right for me?

Thinking about getting a convertible? Here's what you need to know...

You want a new car. And you thought that maybe you would treat yourself to a new convertible.

But, which one do you get?

Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t actually that many convertibles on the market. But out of the ones that are, which ones are the best?

In this article we look at our best convertibles, and which one would be right for you.

What should I consider before getting a convertible?

Before we start, should you actually get a convertible? As you are aware, convertibles are different to your standard car. So there are some things that you should consider before you make the decision to get one. For example;

  •    How  many people are you driving around?
    • We get asked quite a bit if there are convertibles that fit five people. And the answer is no, there isn’t. Convertibles either come with two seats or four. So if you regularly cart around five people then a convertible isn’t for you.
  • Are you happy with  leather seats?
    • An odd one, but some people don’t like leather seats.
Is a convertible right for me
  • Unfortunately, most convertibles come with leather seats. Not only does this add value to the car, but it also makes them easier to clean. Let’s face it; you are going to get bird poo in your car at least once.  Also, if it rains it will dry quicker.
  • How much room do you need?
    • Convertibles are not as roomy as other cars. So if you need a lot of space then a convertible probably isn’t ideal.
  • What sort of  roof do you want?
  • Do you want a  soft top or a hard top? Some manufacturers will offer you a choice but some won’t.
  • In my experience, people don’t really like soft tops as much because of the risk of bird poo.
  • Another fear is that someone is going to run a knife through it. However, while they are cloth, they’re  pretty solid. So the chances of that happening are pretty slim.
  • Do you really want a convertible?
    • The chances are that if you are reading this, you are set on a convertible. But, they are expensive. Sometimes they can be up to £5,000 more expensive than their coupe/saloon counterpart.
    • An alternative to a convertible, if you are unsure, is a car with a panoramic roof. We’ll go into this in more detail in a bit.

What are the cheapest convertibles to lease?

Convertibles are always going to be more expensive. The mechanics in the roof bump the cost up in terms of initial price and repair costs. There is also a huge amount of technology that goes into convertibles these days, such as air scarves and heated seats, to make the drive more enjoyable. Also, convertibles are sportier and therefore have to go up a trim level. This can also increase the price.

But there are convertibles that are more reasonable than others. These include the likes of;

What are the most expensive convertibles to lease?

If you’re looking for a more  prestigious convertible then you want to look at cars such as;

Of course, there are going to be much more expensive than your average car.

What are the most popular convertibles?

is a convertible right for me

The most popular convertibles, in my experience, is the BMW 4 Series. This is because BMW, in my opinion, lead the way in terms of convertibles. They’re well made, they look good and they drive very well.

However, the chances of you getting a good discount on the BMW is very slim.

In which case the Mercedes E Class convertible is also very popular. It’s quite roomy inside and as I said, it tends to have some good discounts attached to it. 

What is a panoramic roof?

Earlier I mentioned a  panoramic roof. If you are wondering whether a convertible is really right for you, then this is an alternative you may want to consider.

A panoramic roof is essentially a sunroof that goes all the way back. It gives the effect of a convertible, but it isn’t. Panoramic roofs are becoming increasingly popular, and with the unreliability of the British weather it’s understandable.

Some cars that come with panoramic roofs are;



Hopefully this has given you an idea of the type of convertible you want to look at. While convertibles are inherently more expensive than your average car, they don’t have to be extortionate. However, there are also plenty of prestigious convertibles that will catch your eye. And, if none of them do, then there’s always a panoramic sunroof.

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Rachel Richardson
  • 26th October 2016

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