Fun in the sun does come cheap.
Fiat 500 C Lounge
FIAT’S 500 C, the least-expensive ragtop on sale in Oz, was a dead cert to win here. You might as well treat yourself to the Lounge version; it’s a bit pricier than the base 500C, but its 900cc turbo two-pot will save money on fuel and give you a talking point. Retained value is not brilliant in percentage terms, but losing 47 percent of 20-odd grand over three years isn’t too bad.
Volkswagen Golf 118TSI Exclusive
THE drop-top Golf is great value in terms of fuel economy and three-year retained value (59 percent). It’s almost as polished as the hatch and one of the most convincing small cabrios available.
Mini Cooper Cabrio
BASE model is a bit slow and seems expensive alongside the Golf (or a Mini hatch). Many of the Mini Cabrio’s cash-saving qualities also apply to the turbo Cooper S.
|Convertibles under $60K||Fiat 500 C Lounge TwinAir||Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 118TSI||Mini Cooper Cabrio|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||3.9||6.5||6.1|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||95||95||95|
|Three-year fuel cost||$2370||$3950||$3707|
|Redbook resale (%)||52.6||59.3||53.8|
|AAMI insurance premium||$851||$1109||$1089|
|Service interval (months)||6||12||12|