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DoneDeal of the week: Two convertibles to make the most of the sunshine

Soft-tops that not only look great but are a pleasure to drive? We give you this BMW 118i and MINI Convertible.

LOOKING FOR A convertible that’s fun to drive and stylish to make the most of the sunshine? Well, look no further than these two soft-top offerings from Alan Dorgan Motors and Dunshaughlin Motor Company.

First up, this 2008 BMW 118i Convertible

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The BMW 118i Convertible is a very well built, reliable and elegant looking car. This particular car is finished in metallic paint and comes with alloy wheels.

It features a fabric roof, which electronically retracts in 22 seconds, about as quick as the weather changes in Ireland.

With the roof up, there is some wind noise but not too much tyre or engine noise.

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Inside, the cabin is finished in cream leather with dark plastic trim. There is a simple dash with a CD player, MP3 socket and climate control. This model features electric windows and mirrors and automatic wipers and headlights. It also comes with ABS, traction control and steering wheel mounted controls.

There is plenty of room up front but not much room in the back at all, however, the boot is a useful size.

This model is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which drives the power to the rear wheels. It produces 143hp at 6,000rpm with 190Nm of torque at 4,250. It has a max speed of 210km/h and accelerates 0 to 100km/h in 9.10 seconds.

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The BMW 118i is fun to drive, the steering is precise and the handling taut and balanced. Oh, and did we mention is was rear-wheel drive?

This car falls into tax band C, which means it is €390 to tax a year and has 65,981km on the clock with a €12,950 price tag.

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Next is this 2010 MINI Convertible.

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The convertible is agile and fun to drive, as most MINI models are, and it has lots of charm.

This model is in great condition and comes with alloy wheels. The canvas roof retracts electronically in just 15 seconds.

The boot lid opens downwards, like the original Mini, but there is not much room in here unless you fold the rear seats.

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Like the BMW, there is adequate room up front for driver and passenger but leg room in the rear isn’t suitable for adults unless it’s for short journeys.

The cabin is fun and funky with lots of toggle switches and a big round central display unit. The cabin features air-con, cd player, electronic windows and mirrors and ISOFIX anchor points.

This car also comes with central locking, ABS, traction control, parking sensors and hill-start assist.

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This car is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which drives the power to the front wheels. It produces 118hp at 6,000rpm and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 9.10 seconds and on to a max speed of 200km/h.

It falls into tax band B2, which means it is €280 to tax a year and has 101,585km on the clock with a €13,950 price tag.