Summer is here, and what better way to blow away the cobwebs than going for a drive on your favourite road. The skies are blue (well, maybe . . . just keep positive) and the roads dry, which means that you can get behind the wheel of something to put a smile on your face and a song on your lips. Here are half a dozen cars guaranteed to spruce up your driveway for the return of fairer weather. And make driving this summer sun lots of fun.
One of the most affordable ways into drop-top motoring, the latest Fiat 500 Cabrio will offer a quiet way to run about town or your favourite coastal road. Ideally designed for the tight streets of Rome or the twisty Amalfi Coast, the latest 500 is electric only in the UK, so you can take in the environment wherever you are; be it Milan or Manchester, Naples or Newquay.
When is a convertible not a convertible? When it’s a Targa. The Porsche 911 Targa benefits from the same refinement and development as the rest of the famous sportscar range. There is a full convertible available, but the Targa manages to offer a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ to drivers. It’s got the practicality of the coupe, but the ability to have a considerable amount of space open above your heads for convertible-style driving. And all the better to hear that flat-six engine.
If you want fun on four wheels, then here’s a car that delivers in spades: the MINI Convertible. The British supermini benefits from having the roof removed in the summertime sun, with miles of headroom, and wind-in-the-hair motoring. Available with a range of engines, the MINI Convertible can be an affordable or performance choice, depending on budget and requirements.
The MX-5 has developed into one of the most famous cars in automotive industry, and quite right, too. A paragon of roadsters the world over, the convertible Mazda harks back to simpler times but with a modern approach. The engines available offer a brilliant balance of not too much but not too little power in a nicely neutral set up. If you want a car that’s fun to drive and not too expensive to run, then here’s your choice: Mazda’s MX-5.
Understandably, considering this fair isle’s somewhat patchy weather, the thought of a convertible may not be for you. Instead, a panoramic sunroof could be a more enjoyable way of appreciating the sunshine and avoiding the damp bits, and it’s available on a wide range of cars. Here, we’ve picked the Polestar 2, a practical fastback with clever technology in its upper glass to prevent the cabin from getting too hot, or a sunburnt head for the follically challenged. It happens to be electric, but a long range and ultra-rapid charging speeds mean it will suit almost anyone.
We go from the sensible Polestar to the ridiculous Ariel since the Nomad has no roof, no cover, nothing. It’s a left-field choice granted, but if you want open-air motoring, this option suits the ‘go big or go home’ brigade. Huge fun on just about any terrain you can reach on four wheels, the Ariel Nomad not only does away with a roof, but also doors, and just about any creature comfort short of seats. It’s for the adventurous, but one of the most pure examples of roofless motoring available.
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