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The Best Convertible Cars from Swansway Group

The Best Convertible Cars from Swansway Group


What is the best convertible car? Swansway Group and John Swift give a rundown of what’s available to enjoy the British sunshine. Which is your favourite?

You know that summer must be on the way when you begin to see all the top convertible cars appear on the road with their roofs down.

Along with the sound of lawnmowers and the smell of barbecues, there’s nothing that tells us that the British weather is on the up more so than the sheer number of open-top cars.

And why not? Despite the weather getting more changeable, we as a nation value sunshine like no other country on earth. Every time the sun shines, gardens and beaches fill up, DIY stores sell out of outdoor furniture and our roads are full of motorcycles, cyclists and convertible cars.

It’s hard to beat that feeling of driving along with nothing between you and sunshine except a whole lot of warm air. The wind in your hair, the stereo playing something upbeat and the road ahead. There are few pleasures quite like it. But what are the top convertible cars in the UK? What car should you buy?

If you’re in the market for such experiences, Swansway Group dealerships have some of the best convertible cars around. Variety really isn’t an issue here, but choosing between some of these awesome drop tops might be a challenge!

Here are just a few of the best convertible cars available through Swansway Group with the input of our resident Motoring Journalist John Swift!

Baby blue Volkswagen Beetle convertible car with roof down parked in front of beach huts


The  Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet combines the heritage of the Beetle with the style and substance of the modern VW brand. The convertible is one of the coolest looking open-tops on the road and is a firm favourite of young, trendy drivers and those who just love a classic!

With awesome reliability, fantastic build quality and the famous VW mechanicals, this is a car for those who like dependability and style and are willing to pay a premium for it. It earns a well-deserved place on our list of best convertible cars.

If you're searching for something a bit more powerful looking, then look no further than the T-Roc Cabriolet. Volkswagen have strengthened the structure of the vehicle ensuring that you have a sturdy and reliable drive whether the roof is up or down. 

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White Audi A5 Convertible with roof down


The Audi range includes a model suited to everyone’s needs. The small and swift Audi A3 Cabriolet is ideal for those who want the benefit of a convertible with the practicality of a small car. An excellent engine, well-built interior and superb drivetrains make this a contender in any list of ‘best convertible cars’.

The larger Audi A5 Cabriolet is one of the most recognisable convertibles on the road. Having taken over from the long-lived A4 Cabriolet, the A5 is a luxury soft top with all the features and benefits you would expect. Excellent engines, smooth gearbox and an exceptional ride makes this car one of the best affordable luxury convertibles on the market.

For the ultimate convertible car, look no further than the Audi R8 Spyder. An exhilarating V10 engine, slick automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with the benefit of a drop top. Wrapped up in one of the best sports cars available anywhere in the world, this car is ideal for someone who loves driving for driving’s sake, and who values quality and precision over brand power.


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White Range Rover Convertible parked on the beach with roof down

Range Rover

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a truly unique car for someone who loves the shape of the Evoque but longs to be closer to nature while driving. Introduced in 2017, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible takes the roof off the exceptionally popular SUV!

The result is the best looking Range Rover model ever and one of the few truly off-road capable convertible vehicles in the world.

As you would expect from Range Rover, the engines are powerful and reliable, the gearbox smooth and capable and the suspension and driving experience second to none. Perfect for the driver who demands style with their substance.

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Grey Jaguar F-Type convertible car with roof down by the sea


The Jaguar F-Type Convertible is widely regarded as one of the best sports cars in the world. The spiritual and direct successor to the iconic Jaguar E-type, this is one of the few models to build on existing heritage in all the right ways. It looks fantastic, drives exceptionally well and has to be heard to be believed.

It is rare that the word ‘beautiful’ is universal in design as we all have different perspectives. Yet the F-Type is truly beautiful - certainly one of the top convertible cars. The flowing design, sumptuous interior and amazing V6 or V8 engines all deliver beauty in different ways. The Jaguar F-Type Convertible is for the driver who has taste, who loves the Jaguar heritage and appreciates its full modernity and respectful nod to its history.

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Why Brits Love Convertibles

In a country where weather is a constant source of conversation and frustration, it is perhaps surprising that we like convertible cars so much. But if you dig a little into our thinking, the reasons we like them are actually quite simple. The number of truly sunny days we have are limited, so we value them greatly. When the sun does shine, we like to get outside and make the most of it because we never know how long it will last!

One way we like to enjoy the sunshine is to drive a convertible somewhere nice and make the most of the good weather. With thousands of beautiful places to visit on our little island, what better way to get there than in a convertible? The drive becomes part of the experience rather than something to be endured. Even traffic doesn’t bring the mood down when you’re sitting there with the top down on the way to a perfect BBQ!

What About Safety And Security?

Just like their saloon or hatchback equivalents, newer convertibles are packed with safety and security features. All convertibles sold in the UK have to include some kind of rollover protection which is usually a hoop behind each seat. Side airbags and rigorously tested seatbelts ensure driver and passenger safety.

While security may have once been an issue with soft top cars the introduction of advanced immobilisers and alarm systems means it is almost impossible to gain unwanted access to any modern car - with or without a roof. As with all other vehicles, avoid leaving tempting morsels in view and your pride and joy should be as safe as any other car.

Some convertibles come with foldable hardtops, combining the benefits of a saloon with the freedom of a drop top. Rather than having a fabric roof, an aluminium or composite roof folds into multiple pieces to expose you to the elements.

Have you made your choice? What is the best convertible car and why? Get in touch with us here at Swansway Group via Twitter or Facebook to let us know. Then get yourself down to your local Swansway Group dealership to book a test drive and take advantage of that summer sunshine!