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Best cheap convertible cars

Wind in hair motoring is a driving pleasure few of us can indulge in. Aside from our less-than-ideal weather, the biggest issue for many is the high cost of most convertibles on the market. However, if you dig deep enough, you can still find some great affordable convertibles out there. Here’s a rundown of the best value convertibles you can buy right now.

Fiat 500C

1. Fiat 500C

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Mazda MX-5

2. Mazda MX-5

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Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

3. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Audi TT Roadster

4. Audi TT Roadster

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5. BMW Z4

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Porsche 718 Boxster
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6. Porsche 718 Boxster

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The MINI Convertible offers a nearly unbeatable mix of attributes in its class. It seats four (just) and is solidly built with plenty of customisation options. The entry-level 134hp model is great fun and cheap enough that even with a few extras added it still comes in at just over £26,000.

The Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) is just as fun to drive as its soft top stablemate, but it’s more refined with the roof up which you’ll appreciate on longer journeys. It costs around £2,000 more, but this is still well below any other hardtop alternatives out there.

If finding the lowest priced convertible is your main concern, a third-generation Mazda MX-5 (yes, they are the answer to most convertible-related questions) or first-generation MINI Convertible are both great choices. Not only are they eminently affordable, but they should be cheap to run and tend to be reliable. As always, look for cars with a verifiable service history.

The third-generation Porsche Boxster produced between 2012-2016 had six-cylinder engines across the range and used examples cost about as much as a new MINI Convertible. Depreciation should be minimal, but make sure you keep a bit aside for servicing.

If you want to go more old-school, the original Audi TT (1998-2006) is superb value, especially in 1.8-litre turbocharged form. Just make sure that it has been well cared for. Rectifying a neglected car can easily cost you more than what you paid for it. Expect to pay from around £3,000 for a decent one.