We’ve already experienced a sizzling spell here in the UK and with another mini-heatwave predicted for mid-August now is the perfect time to get behind the wheel of a head-turning cabriolet.
But don’t be mistaken for thinking that top-down motoring starts and stops between May and September - because a convertible is much, much more than that.
Whether you choose a sporty two-seat roadster or a four-seat drop top GT from one of the prestigious German manufacturers, there’s a real joy in cranking up the thermostat, turning on the heated seats, opening up the neck-warming vents, and hitting the road, silhouetted by the winter sun.
When it comes to feeling connected to both your car and the landscape you’re travelling through, nothing beats that feeling of the wind in your hair.
Leasing: the affordable way to drive new Convertible
Buying a car outright is expensive. There’s no getting around that fact.
The cheapest of the convertibles we’re looking at here - the MINI Cooper Convertible - costs around £22,000. But what if - like a whole lot of people - you don’t have that sort of money lying around in your bank?
The answer lies with a great car leasing deal instead - an alternative means of securing your dream car.
In the UK, around 6.5 million vehicles are now leased. It’s called ‘Personal Contract Hire’ in the trade - and it’s never been more popular.
With car leases you get to drive a brand new convertible, granting you access to the open-air lifestyle, with sophisticated folding roofs as well as fuel-saving electric powertrains.
Modern driver assistance systems means better occupant safety, while fixed monthly payments give you financial peace of mind.
And as these lease deals illustrate there’s still a brilliant convertible waiting for you, whatever your budget.
The whole process is really simple, too, just like ordering a product online. Simply head to our website, choose your convertible, select what trim level you want as well as the appropriate annual mileage, choose the contract length, then just click the ‘enquire’ button and one of our expert leasing consultants will be in touch.
Best Convertible Car Leasing Deals Summer 2021
There are some incredible convertible car leases to be found this summer - and our panel of experts has secured them for Select Car Leasing customers.
You might gaze lovingly at the Mazda MX5, a two-seater that brought comfortable, reliable, top-down motoring to the masses back in the late 1980s before continuing to set the benchmark higher and higher with each new variant. An MX5 could be yours for just £241 per month*.
We also have the German heavyweights slugging it out in the form of the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Both cars offer the convenience of four seats, a large boot and all the kudos that comes with those badges.
And if a little feisty fun is the order of the day, look no further than the MINI Cooper Convertible, a car that marries go-kart handling with grin-inducing thrills and open vistas.
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Mazda MX-5 1.5 SE-L
There are few two-seat convertibles more iconic than the Mazda MX-5, a car that’s been bringing top-down thrills to UK roads for three decades.
The formula here is simple - Mazda has created a car that’s light, fun, handles perfectly and which is also affordable.
It doesn’t lack modern sophistication, either, coming with cruise control, heated seats and a fully-connected infotainment system.
When describing the MX-5 Mazda talks about ‘Jinba Ittai’, a Japanese phrase meaning a sense of oneness between car and driver. That connection comes courtesy of the roof being lowered, which is a simple manual affair - just click a button and pull the fabric hood back with your fingers.
This SE-L model features headrest speakers, black alloy wheels, and a punchy 1.5 litre petrol engine delivering power of 132 PS and a 0-62mph time of just 8.3 seconds.
MINI Cooper Convertible Classic
A soft-top MINI Cooper for less than two hundred quid per month? That’s surely a tempting proposition.
The MINI Cooper is already one of the most smile-inducing cars on UK roads, with all of its retro styling and razor-sharp handling.
And in roof-down cabriolet form, it’s even more likely to put a big, stupid grin on your face.
The fabric top on the Cooper cabriolet is actually double the fun. You can slide it back half-way to make a nifty sunroof, or you can fold the entire thing down, all done electrically and at the touch of a button.
MINI promises ‘open ended adventure come rain or shine’, and those adventures are powered here by a 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 136 hp.
This ‘Classic’ trim also brings you rear parking sensors, an 8.8 inch touchscreen and a DAB radio.
BMW 4 Series Convertible 420i M Sport
The detractors might tell you, ‘You’ll never fit anything into the boot of a convertible’. Step forward the BMW 4 Series Convertible to prove them wrong. With 385 litres of luggage space in the rear that’s more than the current Ford Focus hatchback.
There’s also seating for four fully-grown adults, meaning this is a GT car you can cross continents with. And just imagine cruising through the Swiss Alps with the sounds of cowbells ringing in your ears?
This 420i M Sport model features a 2.0 litre petrol engine developing 184 hp, translating to a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds.
Spec wise, you can expect heated seats, cruise control, ambient lighting, and a fabric roof that retracts at the touch of a button.
Audi A5 Cabriolet 35 TFSI Sport S Tronic
This ‘Sport’ trim might be the base model but it’s fully-loaded, coming with LED lights front and rear, heated front seats, a 10.1 inch infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio, cruise control, Audi’s ‘Pre-sense City’ safety system and rear view camera.
It’s powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 150 bhp and which is married to a 7-speed S tronic automatic gearbox - resulting in blistering performance.
And yet, despite all that power, the A5 Cabriolet will still return around 40 miles to the gallon.
Ford Mustang Convertible 5.0 V8 449 GT
With a thumping V8 engine that sounds this good, it’s only natural you’d want to get the roof down so you can really take-in all of that aural poetry.
When you do drop the electrically-operated hood on the Mustang, you can expect the landscape to be whipping by in something of a blur…
That’s because a whopping 5.0 litre petrol engine produces 450 PS, giving you a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 5.1 seconds.
And yet the Mustang GT Convertible is not without its creature comforts, too.
There’s a sumptuous leather interior, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and a whole host of other safety aids, including lane departure warning.
What’s more, the Mustang also features a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), providing optimum grip when you need it most, particularly if you want to put it through its paces on the track.
Fiat 500 Convertible La Prima Electric
Say hello to the new breed of FIAT - the fully-electric 500.
Like the MINI Convertible (see above) the clever roof allows you to open it half-way to create an expensive sunroof or to fold it all the way back for the proper drop-top experience.
And because there’s no noisy combustion engine, you’ll be able to savour all the sights and sounds of the countryside - or the urban jungle - as you travel through it.
Power comes from a 37.3 kWh battery that produces 118 bhp.
That gives the electric 500 a range of almost 200 miles between charges as well as ultra-nippy performance.
This ‘La Prima’ model features full LED lights, electric door handles, 17 inch alloys, monogrammed seats, and a 10.25 inch infotainment system with sat nav.
*Prices include VAT. Credit is Subject to Status, Ts and Cs and Arrangement Fees apply. Excess mileage may apply. Price correct as of 04/08/2021.
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