Best Small Convertibles of 2020

Seeing as there aren’t many large drop tops out there, small convertibles are relatively common and easy to find. These sporty little autos are usually a whole lot of fun, and there’s plenty of variety to choose from within this segment. There are affordable options like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and there are significantly more expensive and luxurious offerings that include the Porsche 718 Boxster. If you’re shopping for a younger driver, cute cars like the Smart EQ fortwo Cabrio are excellent for use as a daily runaround, too.

An array of new soft- and hardtops are available for 2020, and opting for a used model from 2019 will get you nearly the same level as modernity for a lower price. 

Some of the Best Small Convertibles

The top brands for this category are typically associated with luxury, but some cost-effective autos can be found in between:

  • Porsche - With the 718 Boxster and the 718 Spyder, the German automaker produces some of the most costly products in this category. Notably, the latter is vastly more expensive than the former.
  • Audi - The TT Roadster and the A3 Convertible are Audi’s main contenders for this segment, and the former is definitely more athletic in its performance and design. The A3 is also the more frugal choice.
  • BMW - The Bavarian manufacturer’s two products for the segment are the Z4 Roadster and the 2 Series convertible. The former puts a larger focus on performance and is slighter in size.
  • Mazda - This company may only make one car that falls under this category, but the MX-5 Miata deserves the sterling reputation it has. It is cheap to purchase and comes with a punchy engine to boot.

Common Specifications

The small convertible vehicles have certain characteristics that are typical with most versions in this category:

  • Kind of top - Most frugal versions come with a soft top roof, but select luxury products have the option for a hard top available.
  • Luggage compartment capacity - These kinds of machines are known for tiny amounts of trunk space. This is mainly due to their diminutive size combined with the added space required for the mechanism used for the roof.
  • Price - The cost of these cabrios vary greatly depending on the brand and performance-focus. You can pick up the Fiat 500c for under $20k but some premium models from Porsche cost just under $100k.

What to Consider Before Buying

There are still many of those who opt for drop-tops over their fixed-roof counterparts. While there are many reasons to purchase these, there are a few downsides that need to be considered as well:

Pros

  • Open-air driving experience
  • Variety of different engines
  • Diminutive dimensions mean they are easier to drive
  • More exclusive than fixed-roof products

Cons

  • Hefty asking price compared to non-convertibles
  • Little size means a sacrifice of interior space
  • Security risk with soft tops
  • Cabins are noisy
  • Not many with back seats

FAQs

How do I decide on the right car for me?

If you’re extremely indecisive about which one to purchase and cannot base your decision on a single test drive, simply rent the auto in question for a while to see if you want to take it home for good.

With so many of these for sale, what should I look for when buying one?

The best small convertible cars offer decent performance figures and impressive fuel economy. The interior will be modern and premium materials are liberally used. Obviously, the degrees of each of these factors depend on the price point, but for the most part, the best option will score high on all of them.
BuzzScore
Design
Performance
MPG
Interior
Infotainment
Reliability
Safety
Value
#1
2020 BMW Z4 Roadster
8.8
BuzzScore
9
Design
10
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
10
Value
#2
2021 Porsche 718 Boxster
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#3
2020 Audi TT Roadster
8.6
BuzzScore
9
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#4
2020 Porsche 718 Spyder
8.6
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
7
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#5
2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
8.4
BuzzScore
9
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
10
Reliability
8
Safety
9
Value
#6
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
8.1
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
9
MPG
7
Interior
7
Infotainment
7
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value
#7
2019 Audi A3 Convertible
8
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
7
Value
#8
2020 Mini Cooper Convertible
7.9
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
10
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
6
Value
#9
2020 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible
7.9
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
10
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
6
Value
#10
2021 BMW 2 Series Convertible
7.8
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
7
Value
#11
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
7.5
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
9
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
8
Reliability
7
Safety
7
Value
#12
2019 Fiat 500c Abarth
7.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
7
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value
#13
2020 Fiat 124 Spider
7.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
8
Reliability
7
Safety
7
Value
#14
2019 Fiat 500c
#14
Fiat 500c
7.1
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
6
Interior
7
Infotainment
7
Reliability
7
Safety
7
Value
#15
2019 smart EQ fortwo Cabrio
7
BuzzScore
7
Design
5
Performance
10
MPG
5
Interior
6
Infotainment
8
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value
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Caterham Seven  360
0
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Caterham Seven 270
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Caterham Seven 310
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Caterham Seven 420
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Caterham Seven 620
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