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MINI CABRIO FROM $37,900

5-star safety. Thirst 5.3L/100km. The 100kW 1.5-litre 3-cyl petrol en­gine turns a six-speed auto. More ex­pen­sive, goes sur­pris­ingly well but keeps get­ting fur­ther from the orig­i­nal con­cept.

CITROEN DS3 CABRIO FROM $36,590

5-star safety. Thirst 5.6L/100km. Its 115kW 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo turns a six-speed man­ual. Eye-catch­ing de­sign, sporty to drive and loaded with ex­tras. Citroen is not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea but it comes with a six-year/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre warranty for added peace of mind. hard but it’s eas­ily un­set­tled by rough roads.

The fuel tank is small at 35L and the 500 takes 95 un­leaded. Cars­guide av­er­aged 7.0L/100km over 360km.

The Fiat’s ob­vi­ous ri­val is of course the Mini. VW’s Bee­tle doesn’t come with a soft-top these days while the tiny Smart fortwo cabrio is no longer on sale in Aus­tralia.

VER­DICT

It’s cute, fun to drive and at the price it’s ac­ces­si­ble glam­our for the young and young at heart.

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