Convertibles are often seen as luxury cars, owned by the rich and famous as they cruise down beachfronts, the countryside and park up in front of their mansions. That’s not always the case though, as there are many affordable convertibles on the market these days, whether you buy new or used. If buying second hand it’s always worth taking out a vehicle check, especially if you think you’ve found a great deal on a Porsche 911 Turbo. Otherwise, these are five of the best affordable convertibles.
1. Mazda MX-5
A top quality two-seater that’s fun to drive, the Mazda MX-5 is also one of the most reliable convertibles there is. Sporty and with a soft top, if you’ve got a bigger budget it can be worth going for the Miata model, otherwise a regular MX-5 with a 2.0-litre engine is powerful and features a six-speed gearbox making it a fantastic all-rounder. Second-hand it can be found for around £6k.
2. Smart ForTwo
Developed as an incredibly compact, economical and affordable city car, the original Smart Car did exactly what was expected of it. It can get hot and stuffy in city centres though, which is where the convertible Smart ForTwo has a major advantage with its fold down roof. Pretty much the same style otherwise, it has a low starting price and is available used for under £4k in some places.
3. Vauxhall Cascada
The Vauxhall Cascada is very similar to the Astra but with a slightly more contemporary style. There’s plenty of room both in the front and back to seat four, making it a great option for family holidays. Quiet when cruising and incredibly comfortable, both old and new models are a dream to drive. Second hand options range from £5 to £8k.
4. MINI Convertible
Not quite as much room in the back due to its more compact size, the Mini Cooper convertible features the same stylish appearance as regular models but with a fold-down roof. The same fun and nippy driving performance is delivered and you’ll look good too. Depending on its condition, older models are available from around £7k upwards.
5. Fiat 500C
Purists may argue it’s not technically a convertible, but the centre of the fabric roof does fully retract. Plus, the Fiat 500C maintains its cute package and is an economical option for short trips and city driving. Second hand options can also be found for about £5k at their lowest.
If you’re after an affordable convertible then any of the above choices should fit in well, whatever your budget may be.