Power, style and performance; the Jaguar F-TYPE is without a doubt one of the best cars of 2014 and carries on the spirit of the legendary E-TYPE model.
Priced from £58,535, the new Jaguar F-TYPE is available in three versions: F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S, with each offering a distinctive power output and all coming extremely well equipped.
Standard kit across the range includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, sat-nav, eight-inch colour touch-screen, Meridian Sound System with 10 speakers, sports seats, deployable rear spoiler and much, much more.
Numerous desirable optional features are also available, such as dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and wind deflector.
The entry-level Jaguar F-TYPE comes equipped with a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, while the same engine has had its power output boosted to 375bhp for the upgraded F-TYPE S version.
Topping the range is the Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S, which, as the name suggests, features a 488bhp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine. All models come fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Depending on the version chosen, the new Jaguar F-TYPE will return average fuel economy of between 25.5mpg and 32.1mpg, while emitting between 205g/km and 259g/km of CO2.
For ultimate performance, we suggest going all-out and getting the Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S version – it’s simply sublime.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is one of the most popular and stylish models in its segment, with the standard version of the car recently crowned the 2014 World Car of the Year.
Audi’s sleek convertible is available in the following body styles: three-door, Sportback, Cabriolet and Saloon, with prices starting from £25,790 for the convertible variant.
The popular Audi A3 Cabriolet is available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and S line, with all models coming well equipped.
Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, 5.8-inch colour display screen, DAB radio, Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth, voice-control system, front fog lights, dual exhaust pipes, air conditioning and leather multi-function steering wheel.
Moving up the trim levels brings additional features such as larger alloys, sports suspension, colour driver’s information system, front sports seats, dual-zone climate control, Xenon Plus headlights and cloth/leather upholstery.
A host of petrol and diesel engines are available to power the Audi A3 Cabriolet, with sizes ranging from 1.4-litres to 2.0-litres and offering between 138bhp and 178bhp.
Depending on the version chosen, the Audi A3 Cabriolet will return average fuel economy of between 48.7mpg mpg and 67.3mpg, while emitting between 110g/km and 133g/km of CO2.
With low CO2 emissions, a host of equipment and great performance, our pick of the range is the Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 SE.
BMW 4 Series Convertible
Replacing the outgoing 3 Series Convertible this year is the upcoming BMW 4 Series Convertible, a sleek and sexy model that is sure to set pulses racing among motorists.
Priced from £36,675, the BMW 4 Series Convertible will be available in the following trim levels: SE, Sport, Luxury, Modern and M Sport.
As with all BMW models, the 4 Series Convertible will come very well equipped. Standard kit is set to include dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, heated electric front seats, sport-multi-function leather steering wheel, 6.5-inch colour screen, Comfort Go and USB connectivity.
Moving up the trim levels will add numerous desirable features like leather upholstery, two-tone colour door panels, Business Media Package, larger alloys and numerous ‘M’ styling pieces.
At launch, the BMW 4 Series Convertible engine range will consist of two petrol units and one diesel powerplant.
Depending on the version chosen, the BMW 4 Series Convertible will emit between 127g/km and 190g/km, while returning average fuel economy of between 34.9mpg and 58.9mpg.
Frugal buyers wanting a convertible should go for the BMW 420d SE Convertible, which has low CO2 emissions, good fuel economy and still offers more than enough pulling power.
Citroën DS3 Cabrio
The Citroën DS3 Cabrio is a sleek and refined convertible that is based on the company’s popular DS3 supermini.
The stylish Citroën DS3 Cabrio is priced from £15,205 and is available to customers in five trim levels: DSign, DStyle, DStyle Plus, DSport and DSport Plus.
Entry-level models come well equipped, featuring front fog lights, sports suspension, rear spoiler, 3D LED rear lights, leather steering wheel, dark tinted rear windows, cruise control, ESC and stereo radio/MP3-compatible CD player with steering wheel-mounted controls.
Depending on the trim level chosen, the higher-spec models add alloy wheels, air conditioning, signature daytime-running LEDs, interior mood lighting, Citroën eTouch Emergency & Assistance system and automatic rain-sensitive windscreen wipers.
Numerous engines are available to power the DS3 Cabrio, with the line-up comprising the 1.2 VTi 82, 1.6 THP 155, 1.6 VTi 120 and the 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream.
Models emit between 95g/km and 137g/km of CO2, placing the Citroën DS3 Cabrio in a VED tax band between ‘A’ and ‘E’. In addition, models will return average fuel economy of between 47.9mpg and 78.5mpg.
For sub-100g/km emissions combined with a generous amount of equipment, we suggest opting for the Citroën DS3 Cabrio e-HDi 90 Airdream DStyle.
Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The Porsche 911 Cabriolet is one of the most iconic cars of all-time, with the sleek and stylish beauty an easy inclusion on our ‘best convertibles’ list.
Many versions of the Porsche 911 Cabriolet are available to purchase in the UK today, with prices starting from £82,169.
The Porsche 911 Cabriolet range comprises the 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.
As with any Porsche model, standard equipment is plentiful, with all versions receiving 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, Bi-Xenon headlights, CDR audio system with seven-inch colour touchscreen and Sound Package Plus.
Optional equipment across the range is also in abundance, with customers able to specify such extras as Bluetooth, heated seats, metallic paint, multi-function steering wheel, 445W BOSE Surround Sound System and the 821W Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.
Numerous engines are available to power the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, with power outputs ranging from 345bhp to a whopping 552bhp.
Depending on the version chosen, the Porsche 911 will return average fuel economy between 28.5mpg and 30.7mpg, while producing between 217g/km and 236g/km of CO2 emissions.
It’s hard to choose just one model from the Porsche 911 range, so we are going to opt for the most recent, which is the awesome Porsche 911 Targa 4S.
The ever-popular Mazda MX-5 is one of the most stylish convertibles on the market today and is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
Priced from £18,495, the Mazda MX-5 is available in two trim levels, which are SE and Sport Venture, with both models coming well equipped.
Standard kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, climate control, dual front airbags, single CD player with MP3-compatibility and six speakers with aux-in connectivity.
Opting for the upgraded MX-5 Sport Venture models brings additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav with 6.1-inch screen, integrated Bluetooth, front fog lights, alloy pedal set, bright silver door mirrors and stone leather trim with five-stage heated seats.
Only one engine is available for the Mazda MX-5 soft-top, which is a 1.8-litre petrol unit, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, that generates 125bhp and 167Nm of torque. The model has a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.9 seconds, along with a 121mph top speed.
The Mazda MX-5 soft-top will return average fuel economy of 39.8mpg, while emitting 167g/km of CO2.
We say the more gadgets the merrier, so our pick of the range is the Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture model.
MINI Cooper Convertible
The next-generation of the iconic MINI Hatch was released recently, with many expecting a new MINI Convertible to be follow next year. For now, however, we’ll focus on the current generation MINI Cooper Convertible.
Six versions of the MINI Convertible are available: One Convertible, Cooper Convertible, Cooper D Convertible, Cooper S Convertible, Cooper SD Convertible and the John Cooper Works Convertible, with prices starting at £16,420.
All MINI Convertibles come packed with equipment, with two popular option packs available for standard models: ‘Salt’ and ‘Pepper’.
The ‘Salt’ pack comes with leather steering wheel, front fog lights, storage package, floor mats in velour, interior lights package and passenger seat height adjustment, among other features.
On the other hand, the ‘Pepper’ pack includes all of the above, as well as automatic air conditioning and Chrome Line Exterior.
Moving up the trim levels, to such popular versions as the MINI Cooper Convertible, brings extra desirable kit such as alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, sport seats, sport suspension and John Cooper Works-branded features.
Numerous petrol and diesel engines are available to power the MINI Convertible, depending on which version is chosen. The model will emit between 105g/km and 157g/km, while returning between 41.5mpg and 70.6mpg.
Our pick of the range is the MINI Cooper D Convertible, with the best fuel efficiency in the MINI Convertible line-up.