Top five convertibles for summer 2017

With the seemingly endless grim winter weather behind us, the sun is finally shining and the sky has transformed from its default grey to the much preferable blue. As such, it’s the perfect time to get the roof down, but which convertibles are the coolest?

We’ve had a look at some of the latest drop-tops, and picked out our favourites. Here’s five of the best convertibles that’ll help you soak up those summer rays…

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet


The Mercedes C-Class is one of the most popular cars on ContractHireAndLeasing, and there’s no shortage of reasons why. Classy looks, an opulent interior and a class-leading range of engines put it ahead of its competitors. Luckily for sun lovers that it’s available in soft-top form too.

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, with the potent and refined diesels being the go-to choice for many. They offer all the power (and more), of the petrol variants, and keep running costs in check too. Unlike lots of convertibles, this is one that’s a true four-seater, so it should be a hit with the family.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider


Many hailed the German-bashing Giulia as a rebirth for the evocative Italian brand, but they must have short memories. Truth be told, it was the magnificent 4C sports car that put Alfa back in the game when it arrived on the scene a few years back.

There’s no doubt that the 4C Spider is one of the best-looking drop-tops around, but thanks to a clever carbon-fibre tub and its mid-mounted 1.7-litre engine, it’s one of the most fun to drive too. If you’ve got Ferrari taste but haven’t the budget to match, this Alfa is the one for you.

Mazda MX-5 RF


It’s true. The latest addition to the MX-5 range is designed to look more of a coupe than a roofless roadster. Ok, that sleek metalwork has replaced the ragtop, but you can still fold it away should you feel the need for a Sunday drive in the sun.

Admittedly it takes the form of a fastback rather than an all-out convertible but, with our unpredictable weather, we’d actually argue you’ll be glad of that extra protection from the elements 99% of the time.

Audi A5 Cabriolet


The Audi A5 Cabriolet has been a hit in the UK for years, and the recently updated version now sits on the company’s newest MLB platform. This means it gets exactly the same sharp handling and an identical set of engines as the highly praised Coupe.

Wearing one of the most desirable badges in motoring is one thing, but it’s the interior that really impresses us. Put the roof up and you’re hard-pressed to tell you’re in a soft-top, but put it down (which you can do in under 20 seconds), and it makes the A5 that extra bit special.

Smart ForTwo Cabriolet

smart cabrio

If your monthly budget can’t quite stretch to the cars above, then fear not. Your answer could come in the form of the miniature Smart ForTwo! Yes, the iconic city car is available without a roof, and is the least costly convertible on our site.

While it’s a little pokier than an S-Class inside, Smarts are actually built by Mercedes, something that comes through thanks to the top notch materials and solid build quality. Not only is it cheap to lease, but cheap to run too – the 69bhp variant is capable of up to 60mpg.

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