It’s hard to believe that, just a few months ago, we were all covered in a thick blanket of snow. Since then, we’ve been enjoying one of the longest and hottest UK summers ever. You need a car that allows you to enjoy all of this lovely weather, so we’ve rounded up five of the most stylish and best convertibles you can buy from Hartwell dealerships.
The Fiat 124 Spider has elegance in spades, so it’s perfect for summer cruising and letting the wind ruffle your hair! It borrows the style and free spirit of the original 124 Spider, but introduces modern creature comforts such as full LED headlights, sat nav and leather heated seats. The 1.4-litre turbocharged engine offers a relaxing drive yet provides a cocktail of performance and economy, but the Abarth 124 Spider is available if you’d like the extra power and noise from Fiat’s long-time racing division.
With this summery weather, it’s quite easy to imagine being in California right now – especially if you drive a Mustang convertible. This is the first Mustang model to be offered in the UK with right-hand drive, so you can enjoy all of the car’s qualities without any compromises. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine provides sports car pace and nimbler handling, but there’s a tempting 5.0-litre V8 engine so you can revel in the full-blooded American experience. You’ll be able to hear the V8 soundtrack much better with the roof down! There's a new version on the way soon - read about the new Ford Mustang here.
The DS 3 Cabrio is one of the best convertible cars because of its versatility and inimitable, classy French style. The fabric roof opens in seconds, turning this hatchback into a svelte cabrio with the whole sky above you. As the roof doesn’t fold away into the boot like on a traditional convertible, you can easily open or close it on the move – while still having plenty of boot space. A stunning array of colour combinations, graphic packs and personalisation options are available to truly make it your own.
One of the most chic and desirable convertibles for sale, the Fiat 500C is incredibly popular. It’s one of the best summer cars because you need a car with style – the 500C has bucket loads of it! Again, the folding roof can be operated at speed and sits atop the bootlid. With a special edition seemingly being released every few weeks and customisation options galore, you’ll be able to find a 500C that suits your individual style. As with the 124 Spider above, there’s also a fast and fun Abarth 595C.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of the best convertibles on a lower budget, Citroën has you covered. The C1 Airscape is one of the most affordable cars on sale and is perfect for hot days in the city. You still get a seven-inch colour touchscreen included, which links to your phone to let you control your media playback and telephone functions through the car. An interesting palette of colours and contrasting roof options matches the funky interior.
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