Best two-seater convertibles

Whether you’re after roof-down cruising or wind-in-your-hair thrills, these two-seater convertibles could be ideal for you

James Allen
Mar 31, 2022

It may be a surprise, considering the UK isn’t exactly renowned for its warm climes and sunny weather, but British drivers seem to love buying convertible cars. As a result, that means plenty of examples have made their way onto the used car market, so you have lots of options at your disposal when looking for a used drop-top.

We’ve already had a look at some of the best four-seater convertible cars you can buy, but what if you’re after something that specifically has just the two seats? Thankfully, there are still loads of choices, as there’s good variety when it comes to two-seater cabriolets, too.

Because two-seater cars tend to be sportier models that place more of an emphasis on performance than practicality, most of the two-seater convertible models you’ll find for sale will also follow that trend. That’s not the case for all of them, though, so you do have options out there if you’re willing to trade a bit of handling ability and behind-the-wheel sportiness for comfort, refinement and roof-down cruising abilities.

While two-seater convertibles understandably aren’t the most practical or versatile cars out there, they also aren’t permanently relegated to weekend drives when the sun is shining, either. They generally have the conveniences and creature comforts to be used on longer or more regular drives if need be - especially if you opt for an example of a car that’s still in production. Some even boast impressively good refinement for when you need to drive with the roof up, too.

Two-seater convertible cars

1. Abarth 124 Spider

Abarth 124 Spider front three quarters view

Used deals Limited stock

Nowadays, the Mazda MX-5 pretty much has the affordable two-seater convertible market wrapped up to itself, but that wasn’t always the case. As recently as 2019, Abarth threw its hat into the ring with its own sporty derivative of the Fiat 124 Spider drop-top sports car.

Underneath, the 124 Spider shared a lot of parts with the Mazda MX-5, though that shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing considering the Mazda is already a cracking convertible. Abarth also endowed the 124 Spider with a few flourishes of its own, such as a stylish design, a rorty exhaust and a 170hp turbocharged petrol engine with more low-engine-speed shove than the MX-5’s engines. As a result, if you already had the Mazda on your radar, it’s definitely worth taking a look at the Abarth 124 Spider, too.

ABARTH 124 SPIDER BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi TT Roadster

Used deals from £17,500
Monthly finance from £259*

If you’d prefer a more upmarket two-seater convertible, then a worthy candidate for you to consider is the Audi TT Roadster. The well-made interior makes the TT Roadster feel reassuringly expensive on the inside, and the exterior styling is pretty classy, too. Thanks to the car losing value over the years, you can pick up a used example for a handy saving over what you’d pay for a brand new model.

While it isn’t the last word in behind-the-wheel thrills, the Audi TT Roadster nevertheless has good handling and a well-judged ride, so it’s an ideal choice for buyers after an easy-going two-seater convertible.

There’ll likely be an Audi TT Roadster variant to suit most buyers’ tastes and budgets, as the car was available with everything from an entry-level 1.8-litre petrol engine to a potent turbocharged five-cylinder engine in the flagship TT RS version, which emits a very distinctive warble when worked hard. Look hard enough, and you may even find an earlier example that came with a diesel engine under the bonnet, which could suit you if you want a very economical two-seater.

AUDI TT ROADSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. BMW Z4

Used deals from £14,650
Monthly finance from £420*

Unlike the original BMW Z4, which was a hard-edged sports car that struck a chord with driving enthusiasts, the second- and third-generation models that you’ll find for sale on BuyaCar are a bit softer and more mature in comparison. While that means they don’t set new standards for fun handling, it means they could work for you if you’re after a user-friendly two-seater convertible.

If you’d prefer something that leans more to the cossetting end of the spectrum, the second-generation model may be a better match for you; the ride is very supple by sports car standards, and the folding metal roof means it’s decently refined when you need to drive with the roof up.

The third-generation version is still a pretty usable roadster, though, and its sportier handling setup means you may prefer it if you want something that’ll put a smile on your face down a twisty road.

BMW Z4 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Fiat 124 Spider

Used deals from £13,989
Monthly finance from £278*

Like the look of the previously-mentioned Abarth 124 Spider, but would prefer something a bit more affordable to buy and comfortable on the road? You’re in luck, as the Fiat 124 Spider takes a lot of the attributes that make its Abarth counterpart appealing, and packages it into a slightly slower yet still brisk, compact convertible.

Like the Abarth 124 and the Mazda MX-5 models it’s closely related to, the Fiat 124 is fun to drive and, thanks to its softer suspension setup, rides surprisingly well for a featherweight sports car. Because the turbocharged petrol engine has decent mid-range punch, the Fiat 124 Spider is also great to cruise about in - especially when the weather’s warm enough for you to drop the roof down and enjoy some al fresco motoring.

FIAT 124 SPIDER BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Used deals from £36,751
Monthly finance from £548*

It seems Jaguar was very confident in the cabriolet credentials of its F-Type. At the sports car’s launch in 2013, it was initially only available in its drop-top F-Type Convertible guise. Handily, that faith was well-placed, as the Jaguar F-Type Convertible makes a very appealing choice if you’re after a two-seater sports car that looks great and is fun to drive.

All Jaguar F-Type Convertibles bring to the table fun handling, a cosseting interior and a fairly supple ride by sports car standards, though there are important differences between certain models. Most were rear-wheel-drive, though some were equipped with an all-wheel-drive system, and engine options ranged from a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder to supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8s.

If you can afford their higher running costs, the supercharged engines make a great choice if you plan on doing lots of roof-down driving, as you can hear their raspy engine notes more clearly this way.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mazda MX-5

Used deals from £12,987
Monthly finance from £200*

The world of cars has changed a lot over the years, though one of the few constants that’s remained incredibly consistent throughout that time has been the Mazda MX-5. Across its many iterations, the Mazda has stuck to its guns as a lightweight and affordable sporty roadster - making it one of the best two-seater convertibles you can buy.

The current version of the Mazda MX-5, which went on sale in 2015, has very much kept that tradition going, so it’s a great choice if you’re after good value wind-in-your-hair thrills. You’ll find a few different versions of the Mazda MX-5 listed for sale, ranging from the entry-level models to the MX-5 RF variant that becomes a sort of mini grand tourer thanks to its retractable metal roof (the standard car comes with a folding fabric one), though all iterations promise to be fun little cars that’ll put a big smile on your face for not much money.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE
MAZDA MX-5 RF BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Mercedes SL

Used deals from £32,999
Monthly finance from £662*

Most of the two-seater convertibles that we’ve featured on this list are lightweight and nimble little sports cars. If that sort of car doesn’t quite float your boat, you’ll be pleased to know that Mercedes' two-seater drop-tops come in a few different flavours - for instance, you could always go down the larger grand tourer route by opting for a used Mercedes SL.

While it’s not exactly the most exciting drop-top to drive, the Mercedes SL nevertheless handles corners well and is fun down a twisty road. Where the SL comes into its own is on longer drives, as the car’s plush cabin, well-judged ride and good refinement with the roof up or down makes this Mercedes a great mile muncher.

Most of the used SLs you’ll find will likely be the SL 400 model, which was the most popular version of the car, though Mercedes did offer faster-still SL 500, SL 63 and SL 65 variants if you’d prefer a bit more performance from your Mercedes convertible.

8. Porsche Boxster

Used deals from £39,950
Monthly finance from £609*

If you’re after a sporty two-seater roadster that’s fun to drive, there are few better options out there than the Porsche Boxster. Despite officially being the entry-level model in the current Porsche pecking order, the Boxster has a reputation for being a car that driving enthusiasts love to get behind the wheel of, thanks to its agile handling and strong performance.

While the Boxster is in its element when you’re driving it down a twisty road on a sunny day with the roof down, you can feasibly use this Porsche as an everyday car should you desire. The ride, while firm, isn’t overly hard or uncomfortably over bumpy surfaces, and because the Boxster has two boots (one in the front, the other at the back) there’s a decent 275 litres of luggage volume. Opt for one of the turbocharged cars over the flagship 3.0-litre models, and you’ll have a Boxster with respectable fuel economy for a sports car, too.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

Latest best cars & vans

  1. Most customisable cars

  2. Cars with suicide doors

  3. Best American cars