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The definitive ranking of the best and worst open-top cars on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst open-top cars on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 15,000 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring titles to produce our award-winning Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

When the sun’s out, there’s nothing better than dropping the top and opening your car up to the sky. Convertibles may be two-seat sports cars or four-seat models (but still with only two doors).

Some of the cars on this list will share their Expert Ratings with coupé siblings (like McLarens and Lamborghinis), while others will be dedicated convertibles (like the Mazda MX-5 or Porsche Boxster). Most are perfectly snug all-year-round with the roof up, although for others the roof is very much a temporary device (like a Caterham Seven).

Porsche 911

The new Porsche 911 has received consistently outstanding scores from the UK media, and is considered a big step forward from the last model.

McLaren 765LT

The seriously potent McLaren 765LT is described by many as the best supercar in McLaren's modern catalogue, with sharp driving dynamics and blistering pace.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Ferrari 812 Superfast has received mostly outstanding media reviews, with praise for its performance and comfort.

Ferrari F8

The Ferrari F8 Tributo and F8 Spider are the latest in a long line of mid-engined V8 Ferrari sports cars, and possibly the best of the lot.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster has received very good media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics but criticism for its new four-cylinder engines.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has been universally acclaimed by the UK motoring media, with many outstanding review scores and award wins every year since it was launched.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is astoundingly powerful and seriously good-looking, but reviewers conclude that it lacks the finesse of its mid-engined siblings.

Aston Martin DBS

The Aston Martin DBS is a supremely powerful flagship GT with a price to match – but is it actually too fast?


The new 2021 BMW M4 is incredibly powerful but equally flexible, but the front-end styling is dividing opinion among reviewers.

Audi R8

The Audi R8 tops desirability lists for many performance fans, but is it actually too sensible to be a proper supercar?

Lamborghini Huracán

The Lamborghini Huracán range has received very good media reviews, although not to the same level as its rivals from Ferrari and McLaren.

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The Bentley Continental GTC is a luxury convertible praised for its performance, but there's not much space in the back seats or boot.

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Refined, practical, well-equipped with impressive performance - the BMW 4 Series is considered a soft-top class-leader, despite its polarising looks.

Lamborghini Aventador

Available in coupé and targa-top form, the Lamborghini Aventador is a mid-engined supercar notable for its "outrageous" looks and pace.

Morgan Plus Six

The Morgan Plus Six coupé and roadster has sharp driving dynamics and exterior looks with an exciting soundtrack to match, but is not all that comfortable.

Audi TT

The Audi TT has long been a style icon, but the third-generation version has much improved driving dynamics to match it looks.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

With muscular looks and an alluring V8 soundtrack, the GT Roadster is a pacy drop-top with plenty of charisma, but its coupé sibling has better handling.

Ferrari Portofino

The Ferrari Portofino has received positive reviews from UK media sources, although the scores have not been as high as one might expect for a Ferrari.