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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Rivals

The Volvo C70 convertible injects a welcome dose of glamour into the Swedish firm’s range. Pitched to go head to head with premium rivals from Audi, BMW and Lexus, the Volvo boasts a complex folding three-piece hardtop in place of a cheaper fabric roof. This not only benefits weatherproofing and security but also raises refinement as it cuts road... read more

PROS

  • Understated styling
  • Modern and stylish interior
  • Neat folding metal roof

CONS

  • Tricky boot access with roof down
  • Lacklustre handling
  • Pricey

Audi A5 Cabriolet (09-17)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Audi A5 Cabriolet replaces the convertible version of the A4, though this is a more upmarket car than before. Unlike similar convertibles - such as the BMW 3-Series - Audi has stuck with a fabric roof, keeping weight down and saving valuable boot space.It's still very stylish though and excellent hood insulation means it's quiet at speed. read more

PROS

  • Elegant styling
  • Refined to drive
  • Decent boot space

CONS

  • Limited rear space
  • Expensive options

Claimed not to be a direct replacement for the outgoing CLK, the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is a comfortable four-seat convertible that harks back to the classy Mercedes models of old. Quite why the firm trys to deny this lineage is unclear, as in many ways the cars boast a clear and distinct relationship.Stylish LooksEven at first glance there's a... read more

PROS

  • Styling
  • Refinement,
  • Clever AirCap lessens buffeting
  • Excellent diesels

CONS

  • Not exciting to drive
  • AirCap is effective but looks ungainly
  • Not cheap

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