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...
7. Ford Mustang Convertible
Inject some American style into your open-top drive with the Ford Mustang. The big selling point here, apart from its distinctive looks, is the potent V8 engine under the bonnet. Its prodigious power makes the Mustang explosive in a straight line, which partly makes up for its mediocre handling and sky-high running costs. But at under £25,000 for a used one with a full service history I'm sure you could, like us, easily be tempted.
We found: 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 Convertible, 25,000 miles, £24,995
6. Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
A convertible Merc certainly sounds tempting, especially if it’s as refined as the E-Class Cabriolet. It can even direct warm air at the occupants’ neck to prevent wind chill. You will find it’s less of a sports car and more of a cruiser, though.
In terms of size, the E-Class sits between the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class, aiming to provide some middle ground between agility and luxury. There are plenty of engine variants, too, from frugal four-cylinders to thumping V8s. Watch for injector issues on diesel models, though.
We found: 2017 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet E220d AMG Line, 26,000 miles, £23,000
5. Audi A5 Cabriolet
Although we weren’t too keen on the ride of the older A5 Cabriolet models (the S line in particular), the latest car is much better in that respect, and if you shop around you can now find examples for less than £25,000. The A5 is a very elegant convertible, has a smooth and light gearbox and comes with a wide variety of engine and trim options. S line models have a sportier look to them, while mid-range Sport cars have softer suspension fitted and are more comfortable.
The entry-level four-cylinder diesel is no disgrace to the elegant looks of the A5, because it’s smooth and quiet, and the 188bhp 2.0 TDI even has an official average fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg, while the 2.0 TFSI petrol should get 47.9mpg. Some high-spec A5 Cabriolets registered after 1 April 2017 will have broken the £40,000 tax barrier, so check this out if you want to avoid paying the additional tax charge. It’s quite a long car, so check the wheels for kerb damage and make sure the infotainment system works correctly.
We found: 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Sport S tronic, 21,000 miles, £24,495