Rachael Hogg thought it would be a good idea to run a convertible for six months. They’re not known for their practicality, and some people like to keep them just for ‘special occasion’ use, but Rachael wanted to see how it would fare as her main (only) car.

The Mazda MX-5 is the UK’s most popular convertible, and it doesn’t really have many direct rivals. There is the Fiat 124 Spider of course, which is practically the same car. After that, you’re looking at an entry-level Audi TT, a Mini Convertible, or a Toyota GT86 (no roof-down thrills though!) if you want something new. If you don’t mind a used car, you could check out the Mini Roadster, or a Toyota MR2.