With the nights closing in and temperatures plummeting, blasting along those narrow country lanes with the wind in your hair might be the last thing on your mind.
But winter could be the perfect time to grab a convertible on the cheap – dealers with soft-tops are desperate to free up space for models with more seasonal appeal, which gives the canny car buyer the chance of picking up a bargain!
UK car sales generally peak twice during the year, once in March then again in September; perhaps unsurprisingly these are the same two months when the number plates change. Research suggests that when demand for certain cars goes down, so do the prices – this means car buyers should certainly consider a convertible in winter when demand is lower.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a convertible is only useful in the summer months, but modern soft-tops can offer owners a comfortable, warm cabin when the roof is down.
Today’s fabric roofs are built to last and designed to put up with a lot of punishment meaning you can have peace of mind all year round.
Convertibles have come a long way over the last few decades and nowadays often come with folding metal hardtops meaning they are a great investment even during the winter months.
The cabriolet market is vast with almost every major car manufacturer offering a soft-top model – here at Audi we have a great selection and to help you we’ve picked out three of our top drop-tops for you to take a look at.
A great drive and classy inside and out, the Audi A3 Cabriolet comes with a range of well-refined engine options which means that this small soft-top is a great option.
The 1.6 TDI 100 S line variant manages a super frugal 72.4mpg and emits just 104 g/km of C02, meaning it comes in for a BIK company car tax of just 16 per cent.
Those looking for a pacier option should take a look at the 1.8 TFS 180 quattro Sport which manages 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 145 mph.
Standard kit on the entry level A3 Cabriolet is impressive with air conditioning, heated mirrors, MP3/iPod connection, alloy wheels and hands free phone kit all featured.
The list of optional extras is long with cruise control, leather seats, reversing camera, rear parking camera and lane departure warning all available.
Prices for the Audi A3 Cabriolet start at £26,085.
When it comes to cabriolets it doesn’t get much classier than this – the A5 is everything you would expect from an Audi and more, with superb build quality and a great range of engines.
The 2.0-litre TDI powertrain option offers superb economy with 60.1 mpg and C02 emissions of only 124g/km.
A brutal 4.2-litre V8 engine is also available which is capable of 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Standard kit with the basic A5 includes cruise control, heated mirrors, alloy wheels, leather seats and Bluetooth.
Optional extras include metallic paint, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Prices for the Audi A5 Cabriolet begin at £32,320.
One of the most complete sports cars on the market already, the Audi TT is only improved by taking the roof off.
A choice of petrol and diesel engines, and two- or four-wheel drive transmissions mean there is an Audi TT to suit every taste.
The entry-level 1.8-litre petrol manages 158bhp, with a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 208bhp and can complete the classic 0-60mph sprint in only 6.2 seconds.
Standard kit on the basic model includes xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, retractable rear spoiler, Keyless go, leather seats and DAB digital radio.
Prices for the Audi TT Roadster start from £31,955.