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DoneDeal of the week: The Mazda MX-5 RF is the perfect convertible for Ireland

Need something with a bit more space? We’ve got a BMW 3 Series convertible for you too.

LOOKING FOR A sporty little number that has the desirability of a cabriolet but the practicality of a coupe? Then this 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF for €35,195 could be the car for you.

The RF, which stands for retractable fastback is the newest iteration of the world’s best-selling roadster, the MX-5. Unlike the regular MX-5, the RF comes with a hard roof, consisting of a front, middle and rear section. The rear section lifts and moves rearwards to allow the front and middle sections to retract into a dedicated storage area behind the seats before moving back into place to create a targa top.

It is a very slick operation that takes around 13 seconds to complete.

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Despite its small size the cabin is spacious and the boot can hold weekend luggage for two people. Lowering the roof won’t eat into boot space as the hard top is stored in a separate compartment.

On the road, the RF is nippy and fun and enjoys the same mature manners of the regular MX-5. It really is a super car to drive with a very engaging driving position and great manual gearbox with nice short, sporty throws.

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This model comes well kitted out with 16-inch Gun Metallic alloys, twin exhausts, electric power folding mirrors and automatic LED headlights. Inside, the cabin gets a multi-function steering wheel, an active TFT driver’s display, seven-inch touch screen infotainment system with Radio/CD/MP3, AUX/USB inputs and Bluetooth. The cabin also has niceties like automatic air con, electric windows, front armrest, heated front seats and a BOSE sound system with speakers integrated into the headrests.

Driver’s and safety aids include cruise control, lane departure assist, rear parking sensors, traction control and tyre pressure monitoring.

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BMW 3 Series Convertible

Still looking for convertible with a metal roof, but need something more practical with seats in the back? Then this 2008 BMW 3 Series Convertible for €11,900 may be the car for you.

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As you can see this convertible has the bonus of rear seats so the whole family – or more of your mates – can enjoy some wind-in-the-hair open-top adventures.

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Apart from being more spacious, it is also more comfortable on the road compared to the RF, especially with the roof down as it is a more quiet and refined ride.

This 2008 model comes with all the bells and whistles that you could want in a car, including a full leather interior, dual climate control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and a leather multi-function steering wheel.

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The exterior gets Xenon headlights, front fog lights, body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, and metallic paint. It rides on 18-inch alloys.

Safety features include ISOFIX points, parking assist, cruise control and traction control.

It also comes with an extended warranty and full history.

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