Top five convertibles for £20k

  • Our pick of five affordable convertibles for summer
  • All cars are sub-£20k and achieve more than 30mpg
  • Focus on driving enjoyment as well as style

With summer just around the corner and a faint glimmer of sunshine on show, it might be time you were looking at a convertible to make the most of the improving weather.

Here, we've picked out five affordable drop-tops that major on style and driving enjoyment.

There's a mix of engaging drop tops like the Mazda MX-5 to the frugal but entertaining MINI Cooper Convertible model.

Mazda MX-5 2.0i SE

 

Why buy?

Regarded as one of the most interesting and engaging convertibles available, the MX-5 continues to impress. Roof-down motoring doesn't come much more rewarding or reliable. In production since 1989, it has been through a number of different iterations and refreshes, but this current model is the most refined version yet.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price: £18,770

0-62mph: 7.6 seconds

Top speed: 132mph

MPG: 37.2

Type of roof: power-operated cloth top

Speed of roof operation: 12 seconds

 

MINI Cooper D convertible

 

Why buy?

Retro styling and a funky image mean sales of MINI's convertible have been extremely strong. The famed go-kart handling means the Cooper is excellent fun through bends, while the modern interior has wide-ranging appeal for its mix of style and practicality.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price: £18,310

0-62mph: 10.3 seconds

Top speed: 121mph

MPG: 70.6

Type of roof: power-operated cloth roof

Speed of roof operation: 15 seconds

Renault Wind GT Line 1.6 VVT

 

Why buy?

Based on the Twingo, the Wind is Renault's attempt at a true roadster. Developed by the French brand's motorsport wing, Renaultsport, means it's fun through the twisty stuff and much more engaging than the majority of the regular Renault line-up. It also has the joint-fastest roof out of the five cars here. 

VITAL STATISTICS

Price: £17,010

0-62mph: 9.2 seconds

Top speed: 125mph

MPG: 40.9

Type of roof: power-operated folding hardtop

Speed of roof operation: 12 seconds

 

Abarth 500C

 

Why buy?

Fiat's performance brand, Abarth, has taken a 500C and spiced things up a bit. The excellent 1.4-litre engine and upgraded chassis means you will have a lot of fun in this car, while the styling has an air of Italian chic about it.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price: £17,868

0-62mph: 8.1 seconds

Top speed: 128mph

MPG: 43.5

Type of roof: power-operated cloth roof

Speed of roof operation: 16 seconds to open, 17 seconds to close.

 

 

Peugeot 207CC GT THP156

 

Why buy?

The 207CC is a stylish and well-equipped car that thanks to its folding hardtop is as usable in the depths of winter as it is on a summer's day. Peugeot's build quality has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, so if you're looking for a well-made and stylish convertible you won't go far wrong with the 207CC.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price: 19,095

0-62mph: 8.6 seconds

Top speed: 130mph

MPG: 38.2

Type of roof: power-operated folding hardtop

Speed of roof operation: 25 seconds