Top 10: Cheapest convertibles

Desperate for a convertible this summer? You don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy the sun. From two-seater roadsters to hatchbacks without a roof, we've listed the cheapest soft-tops on the market today - with prices starting at less than £13,000.

1

Peugeot 108 Top: £12,644

You could argue that the 108 Top isn't a true cabriolet, but the folding fabric roof is certainly one step better than a sunroof on sunny days. Starting at £12,644, the 108 Top is a soft-top bargain, and Peugeot regularly offers some tempting finance deals.

Read the full review of the Peugeot 108

List Price from £12,265
Buy new from £9,775
Contract hire from £137.45 per month
2

Citroen C1 Airscape: £12,820

The Citroen C1 is closely related to (read: basically the same as) the Peugeot 108 and, like the Peugeot, it’s available with a folding fabric roof. Both the Citroen and Peugeot are likeable city cars, with the retractable roof not hindering practicality at all.

Read the full review of the Citroen C1

List Price from £10,470
Buy new from £7,695
Contract hire from £157.76 per month
3

Smart ForTwo cabriolet: £14,255

You’d think that one of the cheapest new convertibles that money can buy is something that’d require a paper bag over the head. Gone are the days of the Micra CC, though and £14,255 buys you a Smart ForTwo cabriolet in Prime trim. Quirky and characterful, the Smart Fortwo cabriolet is the perfect car for tackling city streets this summer.

Read the full review of the Smart ForTwo

List Price from £12,845
Buy new from £10,703
Contract hire from £136.54 per month
4

Fiat 500C: £14,665

Like the Smart, the Fiat 500C is a stylish choice of cabriolet and - unlike the Smart - you’ll actually be able to fit your friends in the Fiat. That’s as long as they’re not massive, obviously. £14,665 gets you a Pop model with a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

Read the full review of the Fiat 500C

List Price from £13,860
Buy new from £9,931
Contract hire from £137.65 per month
5

Mazda MX-5: £19,495

There aren't many new car bargains these days but, with prices starting at less than £20,000, we reckon the Mazda MX-5 is one of them. It's a brilliant car to drive, and arguably even better in base-spec form with the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Admittedly it's not a practical choice, but there's a reason the MX-5 is the world's best-selling roadster.

Read the full review of the Mazda MX-5

List Price from £19,495
Buy new from £15,805
Contract hire from £167.15 per month
6

MINI Convertible: £20,085

Proving you can buy a stylish convertible on a budget, the MINI Convertible starts at a smidgen over £20,000. For that, you get a Cooper model with the 1.5-litre petrol engine, in Classic trim. You might want to spend a bit more on personalising it, but it's a good start point.

Read the full review of the MINI Convertible

List Price from £20,080
Buy new from £16,311
Contract hire from £217.08 per month
7

BMW 2 Series Convertible: £28,845

A shortage of cabriolet versions of popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus means you’ll have to go premium if you want a practical soft-top. The BMW 2 Series looks great, although it might not look quite so flash in entry-level SE trim with the standard 17-inch alloys.

Read the full review of the BMW 2 Series Convertible

List Price from £22,525
Buy new from £19,038
Contract hire from £223.39 per month
8

Audi A3 Cabriolet: £30,520

OK, we're no longer in bargain basement soft-top territory, but the A3 Cabriolet is a relatively affordable way into a genuinely desirable, premium, drop-top. It's got the same upmarket interior as the hatch, along with a strong engine line-up. For the entry-level price, you get the 1.5-litre TFSI petrol engine with 150PS, in Sport trim.

Read the full review of the Audi A3 Cabriolet

List Price from £22,725
Buy new from £16,575
Contract hire from £191.99 per month
9

Mercedes-Benz SLC: £32,774

The Mercedes-Benz might be considerably more expensive and not as fun to drive as a Mazda MX-5, but it does look the part. It features an electric folding roof which drops in less than 20 seconds. The budget offering is the SLC 180 with a 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Read the full review of the Mercedes-Benz SLC

List Price from £32,774
Buy new from £25,356
Contract hire from £317.99 per month
10

Audi TT Roadster: £33,315

Recently revamped, the Audi TT Roadster features a quality cabin with the brand's excellent Virtual Cockpit standard across the range. It feels more modern than the Mercedes-Benz SLC, and it's more affordable than the new BMW Z4.

Read the full review of the Audi TT Roadster

List Price from £32,165
Buy new from £25,175
Contract hire from £274.79 per month