Best used convertible cars for less than £25,000

It’s time to get a great used convertible before the sun disappears, so here's our top 10 list of the best examples for less than £25,000...

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What Car? team
03 May 2019

Used sports cars tested: Porsche Boxster vs Mercedes SLK

4. Audi A3 Cabriolet

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The A3 Cabriolet is exceptionally good, as evidenced by a price-point win at the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year awards. The 1.4 TFSI 150 petrol is a great engine, blending strong performance with excellent fuel economy. This model is nice to drive, too, and because it has four seats and a decent boot, the A3 Cabriolet is a great all-rounder.

Its lightweight fabric roof can be operated at speeds up to 31mph, too, so you don't have to stop to open or close it. The A3 will be pricier to buy than some on the cars on this list, but running costs for some models are quite low, with the 1.6 TDI in particular being capable of 67.3mpg.

As with any used convertible, check the footwells for water damage and the roof for leaks. Make sure the sat-nav doesn’t creak when it slides in and out of the dash, and listen for engine rattles from the 1.4 TFSI.  

We found: 2018 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.5 TFSI Sport, 2200 miles, £24,000

Read the used Audi A3 Cabriolet review here


3. Porsche Boxster

Used Porsche Boxster 12-16

With the Boxster, you’re not just paying for the badge. Great to drive and civilised to own, the critically acclaimed third-generation version is lighter, stiffer and faster than its predecessors. The standard 261bhp 2.7-litre engine is rapid and smooth but a little thirsty, delivering an average of 34.4mpg. Tax and insurance are also pricey, and regular servicing and oil changes are vital. As usual, check the operation and condition of the hood. By this generation, many problems associated with the Boxter were ironed out, but there have been some issues with paintwork quality to look out for.

We found: 2013 Porsche Boxster 2.7 manual, 56,000 miles, £23,995

Read the used Porsche Boxster review here


2. Audi TT Roadster

Audi TT Roadster

If two seats are all you need and you want a premium feel, the TT is hard to beat. It’s classier inside than some rivals and, unlike the Z4 and Mercedes SLC, the TT has a fabric roof, making it lighter and more agile.

The TT Roadster is available in a range of petrol and diesel engines, along with the option of four-wheel drive. Suspension is firm but generally comfortable; we’d avoid a TT fitted with larger wheels to maximise comfort. Get the petrol for performance, although the diesel is more frugal and still provides plenty of mid-range muscle.

The TT Roadster is priced in line with the Z4 and Mercedes SLC, but it will hold its value better. All of the engines fitted to the TT are strong, plus you can manage nearly 40mpg in the 1.8 TFSI manual.

We found: 2017 Audi TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI S line, 16,684 miles, £21,990

Read the used Audi TT Roadster review here

 


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