Now, we wouldn’t want to jinx anything, but it seems that summer is finally here. A time for long, balmy evenings, BBQs, trips to the beach, and riding around town with the top down.
Don’t have a sweet convertible? Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve compiled our list of the 5 most affordable convertibles, for you to get your hands on this summer.
Arguably a modern classic in the convertible world, the Mazda MX-5 is a compact, nippy little number that oozes style.
If you go for the Sport Nav trim, you can enjoy built-in sat nav, heated seats, and a Bose sound system – perfect for blasting those summer tunes. Here are some of our top picks.
Creditplus verdict: The Mazda MX-5’s light chassis means it handles like a dream, while still offering a level of everyday practicality that some other sports cars within a similar price bracket don’t.
When a car is as stylish as this, how can it not make it into our top five? A slightly pricier option, but worth it if you want a car that will turn heads. It boasts an efficient engine and easy to operate hood, but doesn’t offer quite as much in terms of handling or size.
Creditplus verdict: Overall the MINI is a fun car to drive and you will be guaranteed points for style.
Fiat 500s are all the rage right now, with their super cute retro styling and array of gorgeous colours. Needless to say, the convertible model – with its quirky sardine tin style soft top – ranks pretty high in the cuteness stakes too. But it’s not a case of style over substance; the 500C boasts low running costs and a reasonably spacious interior, given its design.
Creditplus verdict: The Fiat 500C isn’t a full open-top and may not be the best in terms of rear visibility. However, you will be getting a stylish, efficient and cost-effective little car for your buck.
Citroën’s answer to al fresco driving is the rather snazzy looking DS3. The DS3 offers practicality and style, with a range of different colour and personalisation options. You’ll enjoy swish handling and responsive steering, making this a pretty sweet ride for your summer road trips.
Creditplus verdict: As with the 500C, the DS3 isn’t fully convertible, however it wins major points from us in terms of style, driveability and the comfort of a spacious interior.
Our final choice is the equally stylish Peugeot 108 Active Top. Like its Citroën counterpart, it offers a wide range of personalisation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Its nippy design and handling make it the perfect choice if you’re going to mainly use it for city driving and, the good news is, insurance-wise it’s not going to break the bank.
Creditplus verdict: Another stylish choice with plenty of scope for customisation, this would make the ideal car for a younger driver. The low insurance cost is a definite advantage too. If you’ve got a loved one who’s just passed their driving test, why not surprise them with the perfect car for summer?
Nissan recently presented their 100% electric open-top LEAF at a Tokyo forum discussing the creation of a “zero-emission society”.
With exciting developments in the EV world happening all the time, it’s quite nice to see Nissan’s stylish new offering.
If you’re ready to pop that top down and celebrate summer in style, Creditplus can help.
If you’ve already found the perfect set of wheels for you, apply today by filling out our 2-minute, simple, no obligation form or call us on 0333 6000 290, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect car finance package.