Convertible cars with big boots

In search of a soft-top with a big boot? Here are eight cars that combine wind-in-your-hair motoring with decent luggage capacity

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 27, 2021

When you choose a convertible you accept that you’ll be getting a little less metal. Without a roof, you can enjoy big skies, the wind in your hair and the smells of the countryside. When the sun is shining, chances are you’ll be delighted you picked a convertible.

You might think that going with a convertible means you have to put up with a smaller boot. With the top down, the roof might disappear into the compartment where you’d normally put your bags, which could cause a problem when you’re packing for a week in the sun.

However, as our list of eight convertible cars with big boots proves, you don’t necessarily have to pack light. We’re not going to pretend that a convertible will be as spacious and as practical as an estate car or SUV, but you might discover that there’s more room than you thought.

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Soft-top cars with the biggest boots

1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Used deals from £17,199
Monthly finance from £360*
Boot space 385 litres

For many drivers the E-Class Cabriolet is likely to be the most appealing convertible in the Mercedes range. It offers the opulence and quality of the luxury S-Class Cabriolet, but more space and practicality than the C-Class Cabriolet. It’s also a genuine four-seater, which isn’t something you can say about many convertibles.

With the roof down, the E-Class Cabriolet offers 310 litres of boot space, but this increases to 385 litres with the roof up. That’s just 50 litres less than you’ll find in the larger and significantly more expensive S-Class Cabriolet.

A luggage guard in the boot protects your bags when you’re lowering the roof. This can be lifted at the touch of a button, but while this means you can squeeze more luggage into the boot, you won’t be able to drive with the roof down until you drop the luggage guard. Squishy bags rather than suitcases are the answer to life with an E-Class Cabriolet.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi A5 Cabriolet

Used deals from £15,999
Monthly finance from £297*
Boot space 380 litres

The luggage capacity in the Audi A5 Cabriolet is just five litres short of the E-Class Cabriolet. This is impressive when you consider that the A5 is a rival to the smaller C-Class Cabriolet, rather than the E-Class.

With the roof down, the A5 Cabriolet offers 320 litres of boot space, which is actually 10 litres more than the E-Class Cabriolet, so you could make a case for the A5 Cabriolet being the most practical four-seater convertible on the market.

The rear seats can be folded using levers in the boot, which increases the luggage capacity and the flexibility of the A5 Cabriolet. Although a large suitcase will fit through the relatively wide boot opening, you’ll need to use soft bags if you intend to lower the roof.

AUDI A5 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. BMW 4 Series Convertible

Used deals from £17,199
Monthly finance from £313*
Boot space 370 litres

If you drive around with the roof up all the time, the BMW 4 Series Convertible offers a pretty substantial 370 litres of boot space. That’s just 15 litres shy of the E-Class Cabriolet. Lower the roof, and this shrinks to a city car-rivalling 220 litres of luggage capacity, which isn’t a lot.

That’s the thing with choosing a convertible - it’s best to make your purchase decision based on the lowest amount of boot space. In other words, the luggage capacity with the roof down. If it’s too small, you might want to consider a coupe with a fixed roof, which in the case of the BMW 4 Series, offers 445 litres of space.

On the plus side, the 4 Series Convertible features a folding metal roof, which offers more security than a fabric-roofed alternative. It also means that you’ll enjoy a quieter drive when the roof is up. Don’t rule out the smaller 2 Series Convertible either, as this has a 335-litre boot with the roof up, shrinking to 280 litres with the roof down.

BMW 4 SERIES CONVERTIBLE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet boot

Used deals from £23,995
Monthly finance from £369*
Boot space 360 litres

The C-Class Cabriolet isn’t as practical as the larger E-Class Cabriolet, but 360 litres of boot space is good for the class of car. Maximum luggage capacity is achieved by pushing the load protector away, but this means you won’t be able to lower the roof.

With the roof down, the boot space decreases to 285 litres, which is a figure you’d associate with a supermini. In common with rival convertibles, the boot opening is relatively narrow and it’s best to use squishy rather than hard bags.

There are two seats in the back, which C-Class Cabriolet drivers can use for extra luggage space. With Isofix points and cup holders, the back seats are also ideal for children.

MERCEDES C-CLASS CABRIOLET BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Ford Mustang Convertible

Used deals from £35,250
Monthly finance from £427*
Boot space 332 litres

Ford says the Mustang Convertible is a four-seater soft-top, but space in the back is quite limited. That said, it’s perfect for children or occasional use by adults, especially with the roof lowered, when headroom increases to the max.

The best thing about the Mustang's boot is that it’s the same size regardless of whether the roof is up or down. This means the boot in the Mustang Convertible is more useful than the upmarket convertibles above, despite being smaller with the roof up.

In other words, you can load the boot knowing that you won’t have to ditch any luggage should you decide to lower the roof. Unfortunately, you can’t fold the rear seats, so it’s a case of what you see is what you get when it comes to boot space.

FORD MUSTANG BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Audi A3 Cabriolet

Used deals from £12,295
Monthly finance from £254*
Boot space 320 litres

The Audi A3 is a family hatchback, so you shouldn’t expect miracles when it comes to the boot space in the Cabriolet. That said, 320 litres of luggage capacity is reasonable for a car of this size, although it drops to 275 litres with the roof down.

It’s one of the most affordable convertibles on BuyaCar, with finance costs starting from less than £250* per month. The standard specification is high, even on the entry-level Sport versions, but many buyers opt for the more sporty S Line trim.

As a bonus, the folding fabric roof can be lowered in just 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, so you’re unlikely to be caught out by a sudden downpour - even if you can't stop the car.

AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

Used deals from £25,070
Monthly finance from £370*
Boot space 280 litres

The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet was the only convertible SUV available new at the start of 2021, but it's not the only high-riding option, with the Range Rover Evoque Convertible being another upmarket SUV cabriolet. Even so, you're bound to turn heads with the T-Roc Cabriolet.

Boot space measures 280 litres, which is 100 litres less than the Volkswagen Golf and 165 litres less than you’ll find in the standard Volkswagen T-Roc SUV. On the plus side, the luggage capacity is the same with the roof up or down.

You can lower the rear seats to create a small opening between the cabin and the boot, too, but the best option would be to leave the seats in their upright position and feed extra luggage behind the front seats.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Used deals from £28,280
Monthly finance from £392*
Boot space 251 litres

Before the arrival of the T-Roc Cabriolet, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible was Britain’s only convertible SUV. It’s no longer available to buy new, but there are a number of used versions on BuyaCar.

It’s not as practical as the regular Evoque, but a 251-litre boot is roughly the same as you’ll find in a supermini. The rear seats don’t fold down, but a ski hatch came as standard on HSE Dynamic Lux models and was optional on others, enabling you to load long items.

In many ways, the Evoque Convertible looks like a concept car for the road, so you’re sure to get lots of attention behind the wheel. It also retains the excellent off-road ability of the standard Evoque, so this convertible will take you places rival soft-tops cannot reach.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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