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Published Date: 08/12/2014

Why winter is the best time to buy a convertible

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 – Jaguar 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 Jaguar we have a great selection and to help you we’ve picked out two of our top drop-tops for you to take a look at.

Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible

The true essence of Jaguar – a sports car in its purest form; the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible boasts effortlessly thrilling performance with pin sharp handling.

Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 supercharge engine which manages to deliver power and efficient in spades – the F-TYPE can get you from 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Standard features on the F-TYPE convertible are generous with Deployable Door Handles, a Deployable Rear Spoiler, 3-spoke leather steering wheel, Sport Seats and a Choice of Roof Colours all included.

Optional extras include Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting, Colour Keyed Roll Over Protection Bars and a switchable Active Exhaust system.

Jaguar has recently announced that a AWD version of the F-TYPE will be available in Spring 2015.

Prices for the F-TYPE convertible start at £56,735

Jaguar XK Convertible

A powerful rear-wheel drive grand tourer – the XK Convertible offers outstanding performance whilst still retaining superior levels of driveability and comfort.

The addition of a soft-option means you can enjoy all these qualities with the sun shining down on you as you cruise along.

With the entry-level Signature model you get a powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine capable of 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Standard equipment with the Signature trim includes Bi-function HID Xenon headlights, heated windscreen with timer, luxury front seats, JaguarDrive Selector, Front and rear parking aid and a Bowers & Wilkins 525W Surround Sound System.

Optional extras include Adaptive Front Lighting and cornering lights, Heated Sport steering wheel trimmed in Jet Suedecloth, Garage door opening with overhead remote control and Jaguar’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Available in Signature, Dynamic R and XKR-S variants – prices start at £60,975.

For more information on the F-TPYE and the XK – contact us today!

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