A two-seater car can bring a real sense of fun to any drive. Sure, they might not be the most practical of options, but two-seaters bring an added dose of excitement, which is why there are so many available today on both the used and new markets. There are plenty to choose from, that’s for sure, so we’ve picked out some of the best two-seaters that you should consider today.
If you’re after a two-seater that’ll do it all, then look no further than the BMW Z4. Alongside its head-turning styling, the Z4 packs a high-quality interior and an involving driving experience. It’s available with a 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0-litre petrol engine but whichever you opt for you’re sure to find sprightly performance. However, as with all used premium models, make sure you’re prepared for higher repair costs should the worst happen.
It’s hard to talk about two-seaters without mentioning the MX-5. It’s been the go-to, low-cost choice for decades and, as a result, there are options aplenty on the used market offering something for a variety of budgets. We’d opt for the third-generation car - known as NC - as it brings additional creature comforts and will be easier to live with on a daily basis.
Smart Roadster Coupe
Smart might’ve switched to an EV-only line-up these days, but it has also produced some surprisingly quirky models in the past. One example is the Roadster Coupe, a compact and lightweight two-seater with a distinctive appearance. With low prices, the Roadster Coupe is a great option for those looking to get a two-seater on a budget, while higher-end Brabus variants bring added performance too.
Much like the Mazda, Toyota’s MR2 is a way of getting into the two-seater market without blowing out the budget. The most recent example - produced throughout the 2000s - has a really small footprint out on the road, which helps to make it feel more nimble. It’s also accompanied by Toyota’s excellent reputation for reliability and they’re not going to break the bank, either.
Mini John Cooper Works GP
If you’re after a truly invigorating driving experience then the Mini John Cooper Works GP should be firmly on your list. It’s ultra-focused - each generation of GP has ditched its rear seats in the quest for lightness - while the suspension has been thoroughly tweaked to make it as accomplished in the bends as possible. It’s best to opt for the second-generation car as it’s here where you’ll find the most value. Sadly, first-generation cars are already climbing in price considerably, pushing them well out of the usual ‘budget’ areas.