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