There is a common misconception out there that tall people and convertibles don’t do well together. Even though some smaller compact 2-seater convertibles are indeed way too compact for anyone above 6 feet, others do just fine.
If you want a smaller 4-seat convertible, a Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, or a BMW 4-Series are some of the most popular 4-seat convertibles on the market. All three of these are spacious enough for taller drivers without sacrificing the rear seats too much.
If you are in the market for a 2-seater convertible sports car, a Porsche 911 Targa convertible offers pretty much the same interior space as its coupe version, except for in the rear seats. If you opt for a supercar, the McLaren 650S offers unparalleled legroom and decent headroom as well.
Full-size luxury convertibles like the Mercedes Benz S-Class, Bentley Continental GTC, or the Rolls Royce Dawn offer the highest amount of comfort and luxury in the convertible market. They are spacious, good-looking, and incredibly comfortable.
Smaller 4-seater convertibles for taller people
Convertible variants of the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, BMW 4-Series are not considered small, but in the world of luxury convertibles, they certainly do seem as such. This does not mean that they won’t offer enough space. On the contrary, all three of these are more than spacious enough.
The Chevy Camaro Convertible offers 38.4 inches of driver headroom, with the roof in place and a fairly cavernous 44 inches of driver legroom. Even though the Camaro may seem small on the inside, this is mostly because of the visibility limitations, and the Camaro is still a great choice for a convertible.
The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular cars on the planet, and it’s not hard to see why. A V8 with a top-down, 37.6 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom certainly make a great combo. It’s also worth mentioning that the Mustang offers more space for the rear passengers than a Camaro.
The BMW 4-Series convertible offers 40.6 inches of driver headroom and almost 42 inches of driver legroom. If you value new technology and efficient engine choices, the state-of-the-art BMW 4-Series seems like a great purchase.
Two-seater sports car convertibles for tall people
A two-seater sports convertible is probably the most logical choice for a convertible. After all, a convertible should also be a car that is dynamically capable, and equally as good-looking as a sports car coupe.
Porsche 911 Targa
And that’s precisely what the new Porsche 911 Targa range offers. A 911 Targa combines Porsche heritage with practicality if you don’t use your car to transport rear passengers. The 911 Targa is arguably even better looking than the regular 911. And the interior space is almost identical and more than enough for tall people.
McLaren 650S Spyder
But what if you want something a bit more serious, and even the 911 does not offer the excitement levels necessary for you to buy a convertible? You should look into a McLaren 650S Spyder because the McLaren 650S Spyder offers 38.4 inches of driver headroom and 44.2 inches of driver legroom.
Another great option is the Mercedes SL-Class. The SL also offers a hardtop convertible just like the 650S and the 911 Targa do. The SL has 39.1 inches of driver headroom and 43 inches of driver legroom.
Best full-size luxury convertibles
All of these aforementioned convertibles are good-looking, luxurious and decently comfortable, except maybe for the 650S. But, if you are picky with your luxury car choices, and you also have the financial means to back it up, there are some even better choices.
Mercedes S-Class convertible
The Mercedes S-Class convertible is, as the word suggests, an S-Class without a roof. And Mercedes did not cut any corners while making the convertible version, which is also highlighted by the price. The luxurious S-Class convertible offers ample space for up to 4 passengers.
Bentley Continental GTC
The Bentley Continental GTC offers an even more luxurious interior and high-quality materials. The GTC has 38 inches of driver headroom and almost 42 inches of driver legroom. There is also a decent amount of space left for the rear passengers, which means that the GTC is more than enough for taller drivers.
Rolls Royce Wraith/Drophead
But if you want the very top-end of modern luxury, post-opulent Rolls Royce Wraith/Drophead models are the most luxurious moving objects on four wheels to date. The price of a Rolls Royce may seem out of this world, but if you do get one of these, rest assured that you will indeed enjoy the very best a luxury car has to offer.
FAQ about choosing a convertible
Should I buy a soft-top or a hardtop convertible?
Choosing between a hardtop or a soft-top is irrelevant because all that matters is the car in question, not the roof mechanism. It’s worth mentioning that a soft-top is usually a bit lighter and it also robs less trunk space.
But a hardtop offers a hardtop experience, which means a quieter ride, and for some, a better-looking car. But these aren’t set in stone because almost all Rolls Royce and Bentley models are soft-tops, yet they are the quietest convertibles out there.
What is the difference between a convertible and a coupe?
Pretty much all cars listed here can be bought in either a coupe or a convertible form. The differences are mainly aesthetic or relate to compromises in dynamics and practicality.
Convertibles are usually not as refined as coupes are, they are not as rigid and they experience more chassis flex. They are also not as dynamically capable, quiet or practical. But, all these compromises pale in comparison when compared to a top-less driving experience on a lovely spring evening.
Do some convertibles decrease the space for rear passengers?
Most of them do because convertibles are usually built for 2-seater platforms, but not all of them do. Furthermore, convertibles also offer specifically designed wind deflectors that usually sit behind the front two passengers.
Models like the Porsche 911 Targa, Bentley GTC, and the Mercedes S-Class convertible do take away from the rear seat space, but this is also a reasonable expectation when buying a convertible.