Buying a Cabriolet - the Ten Best Cabriolets in July 2010

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The Ten Best Cabriolets

If you love glamour, adventure and a sporty lifestyle, you cannot go wrong with a cabriolet (aka convertible). Here’s a quick peek at 10 of the best cabriolets that could be your next set of cool wheels:

Fiat 500 Cabriolet

The recently launched Fiat 500 Cabriolet is bound to grab some eyeballs, with its snub-nosed bonnet, fully retractable roof and stylishly minimalistic design. Available in 10 vibrant colours and 39 variations (yes, 39!), this soft-top Italian stunner is priced between R135, 000 and R197, 600. The Fiat 500 is a two cylinder turbo engine, EURO 5 compliant, 5-speed manual transmission car that is cute, powerful and also safe to drive with central locking, electric mirrors and seven airbags.

Peugeot 308 CC

This coupe turns into a cabriolet in just 20 seconds thanks to its two-part retractable roof that even has a mobile panel. Available in nine colours and petrol/diesel variations, the Peugeot 308 CC features airbags, ABS/ESP, anti-roll bars and is EURO 5 compliant. Other impressive specs include vibration dumping, a centre console with WIP Nav/WIP COM 3D, door mirror LED lights, attractive instrument panel, electric locking of storage spaces and Airwave technology.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three versions, with a soft/hard top and manual or automatic transmission. With halogen lights, power-remote mirrors, aluminium-alloy wheels and chrome grilles, this is one head turner of a car. Safety features include dual airbags, pre-tensioner seatbelts, side-impact door beams, ABS/EBD, Dynamic Stability Control, and traction control. This ultra-responsive Mazda also comes with automatic climate control, remote keyless entry/start, and an MP3-compatible music system with 6 speakers.

Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

This chic and attractive coupe-cabriolet from Renault features an amazing folding roof made of glass! It comes in petrol and diesel variations and has high-tech features such as hands-free starting/locking, electric parking brake, climate control, directional bi-Xenon headlights, 3D sound and USB connectivity. Safety equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring, ABS, anti-submarining airbags, side impact sensors, anti-whiplash head restraints, EDC transmission and sat-nav.

Volvo C70

Built along flowing lines in the Pininfarina style, the three-part retractable hardtop of the C70 takes just 30 seconds to transform. Safety specs include fog lamps, ABS/EBA, Dynamic Stability/Traction Control, dual airbags, rollover/side impact protection, and remote central locking. The Volvo C70 also has an amazing sound system (12 Dynaudio speakers), heated ergonomic seats, climate control, humidity sensor, keyless drive, five-cylinder T5 engine and 5-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.

Lexus IS250C

This three-part retractable hardtop cabriolet has a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine, and six-speed automatic transmission. This drop-top goes about 10 km/l and comes with a neat feature bundle including sat-nav, Bluetooth, parking sensors and MP3 player compatible 246W sound system. Safety is top-notch as well, with ABS, airbags, Stability Control and structural reinforcements.

Audi S5 Cabriolet

With a 3 litre TFSI supercharged V6 engine and seven-speed S-tronic automatic transmission, the dynamic Audi S5 cabriolet comes with Electronic Stabilization to give you added control in bad weather conditions. It is also packed with safety equipment like anti-theft alarm, central locking, crash sensor, rollover/side impact protection and pre-tensioner seat belts. Other highlights include fog lamps, LED taillights, adaptive cruise control, power windows, heated seats and the famous Audi music interface.

Mercedes Benz E-Class Convertible

This luxurious cabriolet has an electrical fabric top (that can be transformed remotely in 20 seconds), diffuser, projection-beam headlamps, and LED tail lights that make it look futuristic yet elegant. Available in two models, this convertible has AIRCAP, Distronic Plus proximity control, Attention Assist technology, and Parktronic to make your driving experience hassle-free. Other add-ons include head restraints, climate control, ESP/BAS sensory systems, high-strength steel body, roll-over protection and airbags.

Bentley Continental GTC

The Bentley Continental GTC features an impressively crafted roof, 6-speed automatic transmission, bulls-eye air vents, and premium leather interiors. Take your pick from 17 colours and seven wood panelling options. This stylish cabriolet blends traditional craftsmanship with modern elements such as sat-nav, keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth, and voice dialling. It also comes with airbags, self-adjusting air springs, traction control, discrete braking, rollover/side protection, reinforced windscreen, and seat belt pre-tensioners.

Aston Martin DBS Volante

With a retractable fabric roof that blends smoothly into the newly conceptualized tonneau in 14 seconds, the Volante features a rear-mounted six-speed manual transmission and an automatic six-speed Touchtronic gear. It also has carbon ceramic brakes, a Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, leather memory seats, Adaptive Damping System, and OEL displays. The car is exceptionally safe to drive due to rollover/side protection, Dynamic Stability Control, tyre-pressure monitor and a bonded aluminium VH body.

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