SUMMER is here, though you’d be hard pressed to tell with the recent torrential downpours.
So, what to do if you want a convertible in this changeable and inclement climate?
The obvious route is the coupe-convertible – a solid topped coupe that can, at the touch of button, transform into a convertible, the roof stowing away neatly in the boot.
Makes sense – when the inevitable downpour happens you can just be enclosed in a warm metal shell. No need to flounder about by the side of the road like Mr. Bean…
Which to buy though? Actually there’s quite a choice and the success of this new type of vehicle has led almost every mainstream manufacturer to pitch in with similar cars.
In truth they are all much alike to drive and to live with. but costs vary hugely.
Here from the team at UsedCarExpert.com are our three best picks for the canny buyer.
There’s no denying that the 308 CC looks a little odd – and in truth that is rather an understatement. Underneath and inside though, it’s a different story. The car is not far off Lexus quality inside. It seats normal sized humans in the rear and is not impractical at all. Petrol engines are usefully more refined and a lot cheaper.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A three-year-old car with 25,000 miles on the clock, can be had for £9,995. A very refined and grown up car for the price of a new Polo. The refined and punchy 1.6 petrol turbo engine is the best choice – and the cheapest.
The Eos is rather a looker for a folding roof coupe. It’s a tidy drive as well, with high perceived quality and a great range of engines. The prestige badge means it should hold it’s value as well if you buy the right model. Just make 100 per cent sure the roof maintenance schedule has been adhered to.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: The Eos is a great deal more expensive than the Peugeot, you really pay for the badge! Go petrol though, a far less refined diesel car will cost you up to £1,000 more. A 2009 car, with the 1.4 Turbo petrol but with 45,000 miles on the clock, is going for £12,495.
That’s right. Mazda offers a folding roof version of the evergreen two seater and it is utterly great. The mechanism is so simple that it barely affects the weight of the car. Thus the joy of driving an MX-5 is maintained. If you only need two seats then look no further.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A 2009 car with the all important folding metal roof and 50,000 miles on the clock is available for £9,000. A very wise buy at that money.