Best used convertible cars for less than £25,000
Everyone loves an open-top car, and buying any one of these convertibles used can get you a great car for less. Here's our top 10 list of the best examples for less than £25,000...
Fancy a bit of wind-in-the-hair fun but don't want to spend a fortune? Buy a used convertible car and you can get all that fresh air frolicking for a lot less than splashing out on the price of a new one.
So let's say you’ve got around £25,000 burning a hole in your pocket, what should you consider? Well don't worry – we've compiled a list of the 10 best convertible cars for less than the aforementioned figure, saving you precious shortlisting time.
All the cars on this list are capable of losing their lids in a matter of moments. And when the inevitable rain arrives, you can quickly get their roofs back up again to avoid getting drenched.
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10. BMW 4 Series Convertible
There’s definitely a certain something about a lidless BMW, even if you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic. The folding metal roof of the 4 Series is pretty clever and allows you to operate it on the go at speeds below 8mph. That makes this BMW a fair bit heavier its soft-top alternatives (the convertible version is actually heavier than the Coupé), so if you want something with a bit more oomph, you could opt for the 435i or 430d if you can find one within your budget.
The market for this classy convertible starts at around £15,000 for a 2014-2015 model with around 100,000 miles on the clock, and for that you get a premium interior and one of the best infotainment systems in the business. The amount of available boot space varies dramatically whether the roof is open or closed, so bear that in mind. There was a recall to check the rear axle bolts to make sure they weren’t loose or that the old ones had been reused after a repair. A little pricey at this price-point otherwise it would have finished higher.
We found: 2017 BMW 4 Series Convertible 420d M Sport manual, 25,000 miles, £24,500
9. Jaguar XKR 5.0 Convertible
Okay, this might be the oldest car here by a fair margin but don't let that fool you - the 503bhp XKR 5.0 is still a belter. The V8 packed under the bonnet belies the car’s slinky elegance – the road-burning supercharged XKR can sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 4.6sec. It’s got plenty of pace but it is thirsty – you’ll struggle to get more than 23mpg – and maintenance costs are high. Be on the lookout for accident damage, inspect the fabric hood for tears and check the tread depth of the tyres. Replacements aren’t cheap.
We found: 2012 Jaguar XKR 5.0 V8 Convertible, 53,000 miles, £24,995
8. BMW 6 Series Convertible
As a fairly large convertible suited to touring, the 6 Series Convertible has a thick fabric roof that ensures peaceful progress when it's closed. An upmarket interior is a given in the 6 Series, and even the six-cylinder diesel is a punchy and hushed engine. You might want to opt for the SE model, though, because the firm M Sport suspension might not be for everyone. The 640d SE should manage a combined NEDC economy figure of 50.4mpg, although road tax can reach an eye-watering £465 a year if the car was registered after 1 April 2017.
Check that the air conditioning works, because expensive faults are notorious. Also look for any scuffed bumpers and damaged alloy wheels since this is a fairly big car that can be hard to park. There have also been a few recalls, including for airbag faults, failed exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves and pedestrian protection systems not working, so check with a BMW dealer to make sure your car isn’t affected.
We found: 2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible 640d M Sport auto, 50,000 miles, £23,995