Today, there are just a few models of 4 door convertible cars for those who are looking for a family cabriolet.
There are a number of reasons for such a limited choice. 4 door convertible cars are more expensive to build due to a more complicated construction of roof, side windows and the trunk which requires more space to receive the roof.
As a result, end-user price of an economic-class convertible car would soar into premium class. Considering that only hardtop convertible cars can be accepted as family cars, the price will be even higher. In addition, even in a 2 door convertible the roof stored in the trunk leaves little space for the luggage. In a 4 door convertible there will be no space for luggage at all, or the the car’s weight and dimensions would be much larger, which means larger gas consumption, higher taxes and insurance costs . Not a good solution, considering that 4 door cars are primarily family cars with the good storage capacity as an important feature. In addition, many of the prospective customers from the above 30 age group have families which leaves less opportunity for extra-expense, so 4 door cabriolets would not be affordable for most of them. On the other hand, most 20-year-old people, the most numerous age group finding convertible cars most attractive, don’t have large families and don’t need (and quite often cannot afford) that large and costly car. Statistics and customer reviews show that convertible cars are mostly the choice for younger people or for those with real excess of finance. Customers above 30 say that a convertible car was a dream car when they were in their twenties, but not as a 30-something with a family. Even those who had a convertible car in their twenties to not plan to have another one later on. Another aspect of not least importance is that convertible cars are somewhat weaker from safety viewpoint due to lower rigidity and weaker head protection in rollovers, which frequently averts from convertibles as family cars.
Today, 4 door convertibles for sale include the following models: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Maybach Landaulet.
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a 4-door soft-top convertible for 5 passengers with a price starting at $25,545.
2010 Maybach Landaulet is a 4 door soft-top. However, the price starting at starting at $1,380,000 makes is not not particularly good as a family car.
New luxury 4-door convertible Cadillac Ciel. The concept has already been developed and presented but even the approximate date when the luxury all-wheel drive 4-door convertible is promising to hit the market (if at all) is still unknown, although Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac, confirmed that the company’s mass production intentions for the new convertible are more than just serious.