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...

Audi A3 Cabriolet

1. Audi A3 Cabriolet

Not surprisingly, the A3 Cabriolet is an exceptionally good convertible car, as evidenced by its multiple wins in our What Car? Car of the Year awards over the years. You see it takes all the qualities we love about the standard Audi A3 Sportback – another multiple award winner and one of our very favourite cars – and adds in all that potential for open-top fun.

It's great to drive, with eager performance and decent efficiency. It's comfortable, the interior's a delight and its resale values are strong. It's a truly classy car, with four seats and a decently sized boot, and even its running costs should be moderate. 

The 1.4 TFSI 150 petrol was the engine we used to favour, blending strong performance with excellent fuel economy. Versions equipped with this engine can be had for much less than out chosen figure here, and make great used buys. It was replaced by the 1.5 TFSI engine in 2018, and our money should find you one of these. 

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 diesel-engined 1.6 TDI in particular being capable of very impressive economy.

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 older 1.4 TFSI.  

We found: 2019 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.5 TFSI Sport, 2200 miles, £24,850

Read the used Audi A3 Cabriolet review here

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