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 – Volkswagen have a range of soft-top models available, both new and used, with a number of great finance options.
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 Volkswagen 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.
The Beetle Cabriolet
An iconic model – the Volkswagen Beetle is a classic design that is made even cooler by taking the roof off.
The Beetle Cabriolet is comfortable, refined and comes with a number of great engines – starting with a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol model that produces 104bhp.
For the fuel conscious driver, the 1.6-litre TDI is capable of a frugal 62.8mpg and emits just 118 g/km.
Standard kit on the entry model includes air conditioning, heated mirrors, split-fold seats and a roof that can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds.
Prices for the Beetle Cabriolet start from £19,010.
Fun to drive and cheap to run – the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is comfortable to drive with a fabric roof that is capable of unfolding in just 9.5 seconds.
Soundproofing technology makes for a quiet and comfortable ride with the roof up, whilst the wind deflector ensures protection against noise and turbulence when driving at high speeds with the top down.
The entry level Golf Cabriolet comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine managing 47.9mpg and emits just 139 g/km of CO2.
For those who want a little more pace from their Gold Cabriolet should take a look at the 2.0-litre TSI GTI which covers the 0-60mph sprint in just 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph.
Standard kit on the entry level Golf Cabriolet includes air conditioning, MP3/iPod connection, alloy wheels and Bluetooth.
Prices for the Golf Cabriolet start at £22,070.
The Volkswagen Eos is a four seat convertible which can be switched from a coupe to an open-top at the touch of a button.
A fully-automated folding roof – made from lightweight metal – gives this Volkswagen a truly exclusive feel.
With a choice of three engines with the Eos – you will be sure to find one that suits your needs – the 2.0-litre turbodiesel strikes a nice balance between performance and economy.
Standard kit on the entry level Eos includes air condition, heated mirrors, MP3/iPod connection, alloy wheels and rain sensing wipers.
Prices for the Volkswagen Eos start at £27,610.