Despite the ropey weather so synonymous with the British summertime, the UK is second only to Germany when it comes to sales of convertible cars in Europe.
What surprises a lot of people is the huge choice at their disposal. Convertibles come in all shapes and sizes and span a wide variety of classes and price ranges.
We’ve chosen seven of the best convertibles for 2016 to show you the real diversity in the market.
It has a typically slick Audi interior which is spacious enough for two rear passengers. And the soft-top roof hastily retracts when the car is travelling at speeds under 31mph, making the A3 Cabriolet an extremely fun drive with surprising practicality.
The most exhilarating version is the 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI Quattro, which achieves 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds.
The Jaguar F-Type Convertible is as beautiful to drive as it is to look at and listen to. It comes with a 3-litre V6 engine as standard, a lightweight soft-top roof and an aerodynamic spoiler deployed at 60mph to enhance downforce.
Designed with the attention to detail you’d expect from any Jaguar model, the F-Type feels effortlessly comfortable even at high speeds. It is also customisable if you’re looking for a personalised convertible car.
For the ultimate new F-Type you might fancy the four-wheel drive SVR model, unveiled at Geneva 2016, with a top speed of 200mph from its 576bhp 5-litre supercharged V8 engine.
The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most popular and iconic convertible cars around. It’s also more affordable, more economical and more enjoyable than many in the market, which is why it’s the world’s bestselling roadster.
Now in its fourth generation for 2016, the all-new Mazda MX-5 looks and performs better than ever. Its new SKYACTIV-Body makes it 100kg lighter than the previous generation.
And whether you opt for the 1.5 or 2.0 litre engine, you’ll be hard pushed to find a convertible sports car so fuel efficient.
For those wanting the perfect convertible saloon, look no further than the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet - the first open-top four-seater Merc since 1971.
Its striking structure is matched by its powerful performance, with the most expensive variant achieving 0-62mph in a remarkable 3.9 seconds.
Every aspect of the S-Class Cabriolet oozes luxury. Its state of the art roof is one of the most insulated soft-top roofs you’ll find on a convertible car, and its class-leading technology includes automatic climate control so you can keep the top open and always feel comfortable.
For MINI enthusiasts, the only car more fun than a MINI is a convertible MINI.
The advantages of it size means that the MINI Convertible is equally at home navigating the big city streets as it is gliding through windy countryside roads, making it great for everyday use.
The JCW variant is the most powerful, both in its performance and its form. Its shape is more sporty and muscular than the standard MINI convertible and it offers an impressive 211bhp, achieving 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds.
Porsche has a long history of making luxurious convertible cars, and the 718 Boxster certainly continues this tradition.
With some subtle changes to the design, the new Porsche 718 Boxster has a more imposing presence on the roads. And it’s coupled with a brand-new four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine for a more thrilling experience.
For even more power and speed, you might opt for the new 718 Boxster S, which was also unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The 718 Boxster S is fitted with a larger 2.5-litre engine and can achieve 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds.
It’s not every day you see an open-top SUV cruising down the street. That’s why the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the world’s first premium compact convertible SUV, has set a new standard in motoring design and capabilities.
It has the luxurious level of comfort you’d expect from the marque, coupled with its capability to handle the roughest roads and conditions. Its retractable roof makes it the ultimate all-rounder.
So if you’re in the market for a car that has all the lifestyle appeal of a convertible, but with the off-road qualities of an SUV, then you won’t go wrong with the Evoque Convertible.