What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 sports?
The MX-5 has few immediate rivals that fulfil the same niche.
The Mini Convertible is similarly cheap to run and benefits from a wider range of engines. It also has a pathetically narrow boot opening, but at least you can fold the rear seats down to load longer items. It is front-wheel drive, meaning you don’t get the balanced handling of the MX-5, but it is still a fun drive. You will have to pay a bit more for it, but the Mini does have a superior interior to make up for that.