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Summer lovin’ – your best convertible choices

By raccars Published

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The forecast for the week ahead is for fine sunshine (don’t hold it against me if that’s wrong), so it feels like the right time to visit some choices for top-down summer driving

Convertible choices usually start with the Mazda MX-5 – and rightly so. For almost 30 years it has set the gold standard with an unbeatable combination of design, road holding, build quality and affordability – no wonder it’s the world’s best-selling sports car in history, driving off with over 1 Million sales worldwide. In the UK we are on our forth generation model – and that’s before the launch of the cracking new MX5 RF (‘retractable fastback’) due in the UK next year. Take a look at RAC Cars for a choice of nearly 800 used Mazdas – personally I would go for the facelifted 2009 2 litre car at RAC Approved Dealer Wright Brothers in Downham Market – great value at just £8495 for a 3 owner, 19000 mile car

There are plenty of other choices out there, so a quick run through the alternatives:

  • Mini Convertible – a real family favourite with four comfortable seats and a single-switch roof mechanism. Check out RAC Cars for over 700 for sale, starting from just £2000
  • Audi A3 Convertible – very similar set up to the Mini but probably a notch above in sophistication, buying and running costs – over 400 examples are available
  • VW Golf Convertible – competing in a very similar market to the Audi, we have almost 250 examples of this safe but sporty classic – why not chose an older 2001 automatic with one owner from new and just 32,000 miles on the clock for under £4000
  • Porsche Boxster – going back to our two seater roadsters, this deserves a mention as the easiest (and probably best value) entry into Porsche ownership. Prices start from just under £7000 for a 60,000 mile example and we have nearly 400 cars to chose from

Wishing you a week of happy, safe, economical and sunny driving

Robert Diamond

Managing Director, RAC Motoring Services

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