Best cars with sunroofs

Let the sunshine in while enjoying some fresh air on the road. Here are some of our favourite cars with sunroofs of all types

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 30, 2021

It’s not difficult to find a car with a sunroof. A sunroof is available as an option on Britain’s cheapest new car, the Dacia Sandero. Fancy a Fiat 500? A fixed sunroof is fitted to all versions except the entry-level Pop trim. Sunroofs have been available on cars for many decades.

Not all sunroofs are created equal, however. Some slide, some tilt, while others do both. Many are electrically operated, although a few require manual labour. Some are fixed and are designed to allow more light to flood into the cabin. If you’re lucky, a sunroof might be long enough to allow the rear-seat passengers to enjoy the sun’s rays or a starry, starry night sky.

We’ve pulled together a list of the best cars with sunroofs, including a chic supermini with an electric canvas roof and a large SUV with three glass panels. For a list of alternatives with supersized sunroofs, check out our guide to the best cars with panoramic sunroofs.

Best cars with sunroofs on BuyaCar

1. DS 3 Cabrio

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You might be wondering why a car with ‘Cabrio’ in its name is appearing on a list of the best cars with sunroofs. It’s because the DS 3 Cabrio isn’t a true convertible. Instead, it’s a chic supermini with a rather clever electric fabric roof, which leaves the outer roof structure in place as it folds back.

While you could bore your friends with the fact the roof is made up of 180 different parts, what really matters is that it can be opened and closed at motorway speeds, something that will come in handy if you get stuck in a shower on your way back from work.

With one touch of the button, the roof slides back to bathe the occupants in sunlight and fresh air. Pressing it again will lower the rear window and extend the opening to behind the heads of the rear-seat passengers. It’s definitely more of a sunroof than a proper cabriolet, but the name DS 3 Extra Long Sunroof isn’t as catchy as DS 3 Cabrio, is it?

DS 3 CABRIO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mitsubishi ASX

Used deals from £8,295
Monthly finance from £160*

Although the panoramic sunroof in the Mitsubishi ASX doesn't open, there are a couple of reasons why it makes our list. Firstly, it features a built-in electric blind to shade you from direct sunlight - or cocoon yourself away from yet another downpour.

Secondly, it comes with a row of ambient lights along each side, so it feels a little like a new Rolls-Royce with 'starlight headlining'. Okay, only a little, but it’s a nice touch.

The ASX was updated in 2020, with the new version benefitting from sharper styling, a revamped interior and improved technology. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera, automatic air-conditioning, keyless entry and heated front seats, but you’ll need the Exceed trim for the panoramic sunroof.

2010-2019 MITSUBISHI ASX BUYERS' GUIDE
2020-PRESENT MITSUBISHI ASX BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mazda MX-5 RF

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Monthly finance from £276*

While you won’t find a mention of a sunroof in the Mazda MX-5 RF brochure, this version of the popular sports car feels suitably different to the MX-5 roadster, which has a full convertible roof. The RF - that’s Retractable Fastback - features a metal folding roof instead of the standard model’s fabric version.

The roof opens and closes in 13 seconds of pure theatre - you will turn heads as the roof and mechanism disappears into the back of the car. However, the rear pillars and glass stay in place, so it's not a standard convertible. With the windows up and the roof open, it feels like an Mazda MX-5 with a sunroof. Even more so when you discover that the roof has no impact on the size of the boot.

The RF carries a £2,000 premium over the standard MX-5 when new, but the difference could be as little as a few hundred pounds when buying used. If you prefer the coupe-like styling of the RF and the security of the hardtop, the MX-5 with a ‘sunroof’ makes perfect sense.

MAZDA MX-5 RF BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Used deals from £19,480
Monthly finance from £292*

Why press a button to close the blind on your panoramic sunroof when you can simply wave your hand? The Jaguar XF Sportbrake features a gesture control sensor, so you can close the blind with a swipe of your hand. Perfect for impressing tech-savvy friends.

'Sportbrake' is Jaguar speak for estate car, so you get all the benefits of a large boot and space for five people here. The panoramic sunroof is a £1,100 option when new, but is unlikely to add anywhere near that much to the cost of a used XF Sportbrake. Simply use the ‘sunroof’ search filter on the BuyaCar website to find the right version for you.

Amazingly, even XF Sportbrake models registered as recently as 2018 are available for less than £200* per month on PCP finance. Considering the level of luxury and space on offer, you’re getting a lot of car for a modest outlay here.

JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Audi Q7

Used deals from £27,700
Monthly finance from £446*

The current Audi Q7 gives you the best of both worlds. Its panoramic glass sunroof comprises two sections, with a front section that you can tilt or open to deliver fresh air to the driver and front-seat passenger. Alternatively, you can enjoy it as a standard fixed glass sunroof.

The panoramic glass sunroof is a £1,850 option on new S Line and Black Edition models, but standard on the high-spec Vorsprung edition. It’s a popular upgrade, so you’ll have little trouble finding a used Q7 with a sunroof and there's unlikely to be much of a cost premium to get a model with this fitted.

All models seat seven and come with four-wheel drive as standard, along with a level of quality that’s almost unrivalled in this type of car. If you don’t require the third row of seats, this can be folded away to deliver an enormous 2,050 litres of luggage capacity. That’s enough for the food, drink and luggage required for a two-week holiday in a self catering cottage of your choice.

AUDI Q7 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Used deals from £15,499
Monthly finance from £172*

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid puts the ‘sun’ into sunroof. A solar roof is available to generate electricity to help charge the hybrid battery. When the vehicle is parked (but not plugged in), the solar roof charges an intermediate solar battery. When it’s fully charged, it will deliver a pumping charge to the main hybrid battery.

When the Prius is being driven, the system charges the 12-volt auxiliary battery, reducing the energy consumption of the hybrid’s battery. You could extend the electric range by up to three miles a day, or around 400 miles a year.

Not great if you fancy a traditional sunroof, but the money you save in fuel could be put towards a holiday in the sun. A win-win situation.

TOYOTA PRIUS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. BMW X7

Used deals from £58,950
Monthly finance from £1,047*

The BMW X7 luxury SUV is a big car with a big price tag. In fact, it’s the largest BMW ever built. BMW has certainly ‘gone large’ on the sunroof quota, because the panoramic roof actually splits into three sections.

At the front, the section above the driver and front-seat passenger slides and tilts, or you can use a blind to cover the entire glass above the first and second row. At the back, passengers in the third row have their own blind and air-conditioning controls. There are no cheap seats in the BMW X7.

We’re not going to pretend that the BMW X7 is cheap, because it isn’t. It is, however, one of the most luxurious SUVs you can get. For the maximum indulgence, opt for the six-seat version.

BMW X7 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Fiat 500

Used deals from £4,295
Monthly finance from £85*

If you'd rather the absolute opposite of the BMW X7, take a look at the Fiat 500. Not only is it one of the smallest cars you can get with a sunroof, it’s also one of the cheapest. BuyaCar prices start from less than £100* per month.

A fixed glass sunroof with blind is standard on all except the entry-level Pop trim, but an electric sunroof is available as a £750 option. If that’s not enough, you can opt for the Fiat 500C, which comes with an electric canvas roof that folds all the way back, giving you a huge amount of open air.

You can open or close the roof at speeds of up to 37mph, moving between three preset positions. With the roof closed, it feels as quiet and comfortable as the regular Fiat 500. With the roof down, you can top up your tan and enjoy the wind in your hair.

FIAT 500 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%

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