There are chances that you might have seen a car without a roof. Such a car is called a “convertible”, because it has a retractable roof that can be folded partially or completely to enjoy an open-top driving experience. Given the hot and humid weather conditions coupled with dust and pollution, the use case of a convertible is very limited in India. Yet, few car enthusiasts who have deep pockets still buy a convertible for its style quotient. Before looking at some of the popular convertibles in India, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a convertible.
Pros Of A Convertible
The Open Top Experience
Nothing beats enjoying an open-top drive with scenic views and good music for the company. If you are someone who likes to go places and explore nature, a convertible is a must-have in your garage.
Take the car out and you will immediately notice heads turn. Convertibles have a unique style and they instantly grab people’s attention and they make you stand out from the crowd.
In many premium cars, the headroom will be limited due to the sloping roofline. But in a convertible, you don’t have to worry about headroom. You can sit back and enjoy long drives without any discomfort.
With a convertible, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. If the weather is warm and breezy you can open the roof and enjoy the wind in your face or if you feel cold you can close the roof and stay warm. All this happens within a few seconds by pressing a button.
With the roof down and frameless doors, convertibles give you 360-degree visibility of the road. With a wider vision, maneuvering and parking become a breeze with a convertible.
Cons Of A Convertible
Convertibles are not for everyone. They are more expensive than some of the premium cars. The most affordable convertible in India, the Mini Cooper S starts at an ex-showroom price of 38.9 lakhs.
Seating Capacity and Size
Even though many convertibles have four seats the rear legroom is limited and may be cramped for adults. The rears seats in a convertible are best suited for children. If you have more than two adults in your family, a convertible may not be the best option.
Susceptible To Leaks
Even though carmakers have developed good quality roof materials, at times car owners find water seeping into the cabin during heavy rains. It is recommended to avoid driving a convertible during rains.
As the interiors are exposed to sun and dust for a prolonged period of time, there are chances that the dashboard, seats and other materials develop cracks and get faded within a short period of time.
A convertible with a soft top is not as safe as other cars with reinforced metal. Robbers can easily tamper the roof and steal valuables kept inside the car. So you always need to be cautious about the car and park it in a safe place.
Now that we know the pros and cons of convertibles, let’s look at some of the popular models in India.
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Sticking to its brand, the Cooper S Convertible is a gorgeous looking and the most fun to drive convertible. The car commands attention and puts a wide smile on your face. With a new set of LED DRLs, headlamps and union jack tail lamps, it’s hard to take your eyes from the car. With the roof down, you can hear the vroom of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and the raspy exhaust. It starts at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 38.9 lakhs.
The BMW Z4 nameplate is back in India through collaboration with Toyota. Yes, the new Z4 shares the engine with Toyota Supra. The long bonnet, soft top and short overhangs define the character of this convertible. The soft-top can be opened and closed electrically in ten seconds. The convertible comes in two variants sDrive20i and the M40i. The SDrive20i is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that generated 194 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. The M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter petrol engine that generates 370 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. The price starts at Rs.66.51 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet
The C-Class cabriolet takes cues from the C-Class sedan. The C-class sedan is known for its comfort and practicality. Add a retractable roof to it and you are all set to have some ultimate fun. The retractable roof comes in different colours such as black, dark brown, dark blue and dark red. It can be opened and closed on the go within 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 kmph. The cabriolet is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine that churns out 258 bhp and 370 Nm of torque. The car starts at a price of Rs. 62.25 lakhs (ex-showroom).
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