The Summer is (apparently) just around the corner and nothing beats topless motoring when the sun is shining. With this is mind, Diesel Car picks its top five affordable drop-tops.
Ford Focus CC
The Ford Focus is widely regarded as one of the best family hatchbacks to drive with engaging handling and some decent, punchy diesel engines. The Focus CC maintains the hatch’s decent handling but with the added bonus of drop-top motoring. The neat roof means its warm, dry and refined with the top up, too.
Vauxhall Astra Twin Top
The Focus’ natural nemesis, the Astra has improved with each new generation. The Twin Top version is not only neatly styled, it’s also surprisingly good to drive. It’s spacious, well equipped and offers a very affordable alternative to other four-seat convertible.
Peugeot 207 CC
Peugeot have been building convertibles for a long time, over sixty years, in fact. The smallest of our top 5, the Peugeot 207 CC is cutely styled and arguably the best-looking car in the 207 range, with a strong feline feel to its looks. An ideal drop-top for the girl about town.
Saab 9-3 Convertible
Ah, Saab, how we miss thee. While many will point the finger at GM’s mis-management of the once great brand it’s worth remember they made some superb cars. Like the the 9-3 Convertible. With smart looks, a neat interior and bags of space this is the kind of affordable drop-top happy to rub shoulders with the Audi A4 Cabrios of this world.
Renault Megane Convertible
The Megane convertible not only looks the part, it offers great value for money. As a used buy it’s cheaper than the Focus or the Astra and with a range of good diesel engines it’s economical too. More affordable than its rivals, with lower running costs, the Megane convertible makes a great value family-friendly convertible.