What steel-roof convertible would you recommend with reasonable running costs?

I'm looking at buying a convertible under £25,000 that is comfortable on the motorway, fun to drive with reasonable running costs and ideally a steel folding roof to cut down on motorway noise. I think the choice is between a Mercedes-Benz SLK or BMW Z4. Is there anything else to consider? What is your recommendation?

Asked on 7 April 2017 by Simon

Answered by Honest John
They are the only 2 seaters with electric folding hard tops. Z4 tested here (a while ago): www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/bmw/bmw-z4-sdrive-.../ Carbycar entry and updates here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bmw/z4-2009/ Confusingly Mercedes-Benz changed the name of the SLK to SLC and a diesel version of that is tested here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mercedes-benz/merc.../ I simply can't imagine driving a diesel sportscar so for me it would have to be petrol and probably the BMW. The other contender is Mazda's new MX-5 RF: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mazda/mazda-mx-5-r.../
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