The Sun Is Out For The Best Convertibles of 2022
Picture it: the warm summer breeze whipping through your hair, the sun beating down as you cruise along a winding road. And all in the comfort of your convertible of choice. But there’s an awful lot of choice out there…
With so many impressive convertibles on the market, how do you know which to go for? This year there’s an excellent group to choose from. To help you out, we’ve handpicked some of the top vehicles to hit the roads this summer.
Let’s take a look at the best convertible cars of 2022 that you can enjoy in summer and beyond.
The world of convertibles today
Back in the 1990s, it was more common to see folding hard-tops, known as coupe cabriolets. But today, most manufacturers opt for top-quality soft-tops for ease of packaging, aesthetics and lightness too. A convertible needs to provide the same comfort as a regular car for when the British weather turns bad, like it so often does!
Many convertibles are sporty by design and often only provide two seats. However, a number come with four and sometimes even five seats, making them more practical for a family. So, let’s get started with your choices of convertible cars for summer.
1) MINI Convertible
It may be small but this car certainly packs a whole lot of style, combining classic looks, a soft-top and sporty handling - the MINI Convertible offers it all. This classic model was bound to make the list as one of the top convertibles to enjoy all summer long.
Back in 2021, the MINI convertible underwent a refresh to give it a fresh and modernised look. Although, it’s worth noting there was no increase in rear seat size, and it’s still pretty tight on space in the back and boot. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in power, with the Cooper S model providing a speedy ride.
Always ones to embrace individuality and pay close attention to the details, MINI provides a whole host of personalisation options. You can pick one of these cars up for a very reasonable price tag or you can let your imagination run wild to create a more bespoke finish with a higher price tag.
- Top Speed: 150MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 6.5 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 160 Litres (Seats up), 215 Litres (Seats down)
- Engine Power - BHP: 231
2) Audi TT Roadster
Since its inception, the Audi TT has been known as the classy, stylish and practical everyday car and its convertible counterpart - the Audi TT Roadster - is no different.
Complete with a typically appealing Audi interior and with only a two-seater option available, you will need to pack light for this little number. Fun to drive, the Roadster makes the driving experience a breeze with its fluid handling and nippy performance. However, avid drivers may find it too easy to handle.
In our opinion, you can’t really go wrong with this one for your everyday convertible. Stunning looks combined with a sturdy motor, there’s no wonder it has secured a place on our top convertible cars for summer.
- Top Speed: 155MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 4.8 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 280 Litres
- Engine Power - BHP: 320
3) Porsche 918 Spyder
Could this be Porsche’s hybrid masterpiece? Two electric motors, a 4.6-litre racing V8 all boxed into a two-seat carbon fibre frame that also offers four-wheel drive. Yes, the Porsche 918 Spyder certainly packs a punch.
Designed to typical Porsche standards and with catwalk good looks, the Spyder encompasses a more dramatic and eye-catching rear end, complete with a softer front. Capable of hitting over 60mph in under six seconds on electric alone, you can rest assured you’re in for a wild ride when you take a seat in the cockpit of this car.
Even better, when the sun shows its face, the roof panels can be removed and stored under the bonnet, meaning you can soak up the elements while listening to that impressive engine. There’s no doubt that this has to be up there as one of the top hybrid convertible cars for 2022. Another top-of-the-range car is the beautiful and thrilling Jaguar F-Type.
- Top Speed: 186MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 3.9 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 120 Litres
- Engine Power - BHP: 420
4) Mercedes Benz E-Class Cabriolet
This large, luxurious and secure machine is designed to be the perfect summer cruiser. Offering four-seater space that’s actually comfortable to use alongside brilliant usability and practicality, this is a motor that embodies travelling in style.
Quiet, comfortable and smooth it may be, this doesn’t mean the C-Class can’t be an exciting ride. With a hybrid powerhouse in its making, speed and efficiency are combined to create a car that’s a simple pleasure to drive.
- Top Speed: 155MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 4.5 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 385 Litres
- Engine Power - BHP: 435
5) Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 offers the full package for everyday use with a very friendly price to match. While it may lack the speed and agility of some of its rivals, it does offer impressive handling, nippy performance and easy-to-use practicality. Choose from fabric or a folding metal roof for your desired look. If you’re in search of a car that’s worth its money for those summertime drives for two, look no further than the Mazda MX-5. Make sure to close these roofs over when you leave your car!
- Top Speed: 124MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 7.9 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 127 Litres
- Engine Power - BHP: 184
6) BMW 4-Series Convertible
We can’t cover the best convertibles of today without throwing a BMW in there too. BMW’s new generated 4-Series first made its appearance as a two-door coupe but soon made its way to the UK in a four-seater convertible form just last year. Like its fellow model, the Z4, we soon saw the folding metal hood swapped for a high-quality soft-top instead.
With a number of models available, there’s a lot to choose from. At the upper end of the range are the four-wheel drive versions, which offer a huge amount of driving appeal and a whole new level of sportiness. As part of the range you can also enjoy four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with more affordable prices too.
An all-rounder, the 4-Series is one we would recommend to many. This is the kind of car you can still hold a conversation in when the roof is down, and the windows are up, making it the ideal motor for your summertime drives with friends. An honourable mention is the Fiat 500e La Prima Convertible, the perfect eco-friendly city car.
- Top Speed: 155MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 5 Seconds
- Luggage Capacity: 385 Litres
- Engine Power - BHP: 340
So, what’ll you be choosing this summer? With so many different options available, the open-roof thrill of a convertible has never been easier to achieve. Why not view our range of convertible leases? Remember, if you’re looking to lease rather than purchase your next car, we’ve got a variety of leasing deals available, with plenty of convertibles that you could have your name on.
Get in touch with Rivervale on 01273433480 to discuss car leasing and find the perfect convertible for your summer of fun. Alternatively, you can request a callback for a time that is convenient for you!