Believe it or not, convertibles are very popular in the UK, even though we don’t get that much sunshine.
Manufacturers tend to aim their convertibles at the UK market and as a result there are usually plenty of good examples to choose from.
There are many convertibles out on the market now, some old some new. They also come in many different types that ultimately span cross a range of market segments, from city cars to coupes.
As summer nears, here is a countdown of our favourite top ten convertibles for 2012. Enjoy.
The Mazda CX-5 has gained a reputation over the years for being a cheap alternative to owning a fun to drive supercar.
But just because it has got a competitive price doesn’t mean it is any less desirable to drive on the road. In fact, the Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car thanks to a spectacularly low weight.
Its slick and aerodynamic exterior also make the MX-5 a great sport car choice in terms of looks.
The MX-5 is well known for its great handling and grip on the road, in particular on cornering. It also offers a range of engines including a powerful 2.0-litre petrol delivering 158bhp.
Mazda MX-5 prices start from around £18,000 for the convertible model.
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The Fiat 500 is well known in the industry has being the stylish city car option and the 500C version adds even more style with a canvas convertible roof.
As well as adding a soft top roof the 500C retains all of the classic design features and versatility of the original 500 model including its retro design and highly customisable interior and exterior.
The 500C also gains the frugal TwinAir engine range that offers a small two-cylinder 0.9-litre petrol engine which delivers CO2 emissions as little as 95g/km. Even though this engine is small it still delivers a top speed of 108mph.
Fiat 500C prices start from just £12,960.
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The Renault Wind is a two seat convertible that boasts a stylish sporty exterior and a roof that folds in just 12 seconds.
The Wind is quite a small car as it is largely based on the Twingo city car, but it is nevertheless delivers in terms of fun-to-drive experience and performance.
It offers both 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines, the latter delivering 131bhp and a top speed of 125mph.
Its convertible roof also comes with the added convenience of the fact that when folded away it doesn’t affect boot space.
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Chevrolet Camaro convertible
The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car continues its stylish reputation with the convertible model.
Any car enthusiast will know of the legacy of the Camaro and how its burly exterior is admired everywhere. But the Camaro isn’t just stylish on the outside as its interior comes well equipped and with plenty of storage space.
The Camaro convertible uses a powerful 6.2-litre V8 engine that delivers 432bhp. The Camaro also delivers sporty responsive handling to match.
The Chevrolet Camaro packs both style and performance into one desirable car.
Chevrolet Camaro prices start from £39,995 for the convertible.
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Peugeot 207 CC
The Peugeot 207 CC echoes similar design features to the Peugeot RCZ coupe but in a much smaller supermini size package.
With a similar sloped front end, and the added style of a drop top, the 207 CC still offers a desirable exterior that strongly challenges any other sports convertible on the market.
Alongside its desirable exterior is a 150bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and a range of high quality standard equipment including chrome effect grille, air conditioning and alloy wheels.
Peugeot 207 CC prices start from around £16,500.
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Renault Megane CC
The Renault Megane CC has similar design features to the 207 CC, including a sloped front end, wrap around headlights and Renault’s large diamond logo on its front.
It is also well equipped with plenty of standard equipment and plenty of space for the front passenger. The front passenger seat can also be adjusted to allow greater space for passengers in the rear.
The Megane CC offers Renault’s popular 1.4-litre petrol engine delivering a power output of 128bhp and a top speed of 124mph.
Renault Megane CC prices start from £20,465.
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Vauxhall Astra Twintop
This convertible is based on the popular small family car the Astra.
As a result it offers the same classy design as the hatchback version but with the ability to switch into a roadster when the sun comes out.
The TwinTop’s stowage system for its roof is useful as it can be moved to allow greater access to its boot.
As the Astra TwinTop is a convertible is goes up against models like the Mazda MX-5. However, the TwinTop is more of a functional convertible as opposed to a speedy roadster.
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Ford Focus CC
The Focus CC has pretty much all the whistles and bells of the top selling Focus model, including great handling and versatility, with the added extra of a retractable hard top roof.
With its roof on the Focus CC echoes the style of many other coupes and design features from Italian design house Pininfarina.
Its stylish exterior is also matched with a well equipped interior, which adds to the comfort of owning a convertible. The Focus CC is great stylish family car option as it has plenty of interior equipment and space, with the added style and street credit of a convertible.
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Jaguar XK convertible
The XK convertible delivers all the style and street credit you would expect with a Jaguar model.
As well as offering a stylish exterior the XK convertible also delivers in terms of interior luxury with leather upholstery and a range of multimedia gadgets. It also comes with many customisable features including an array of paint jobs and alloy wheels.
The XK convertible offers a wide range of engines including a powerful 5.0-litre V8 delivering a top speed of 155mph.
Jaguar also have a performance based version of the XK convertible on offer called the XKR.
Jaguar XK convertible prices start from £71,400.
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Range Rover Evoque – future convertible
Following the success of the Range Rover Evoque’s sales and accolades, rumour has it that there is a new convertible model in the pipeline as a version of the model was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March.
The convertible concept includes similar style features as the Evoque coupe with an eight-inch dual view touch screen, leather seats and 21″ Titan alloy wheels. It also includes a convertible canvas roof.
It is rumoured that the Evoque convertible will be on sale in the UK at some point in 2012.
Normal Range Rover Evoque coupe prices start from £27,995.