Best two-seater cars

From pint-sized city cars to sporty convertibles, here are our picks of the best two-seater cars - that cost less than you may think

James Allen
Mar 25, 2022

It’s not just bicycles that can be made for two people; a number of cars are also available as strict two-seater models, of which a broad selection can be found on BuyaCar - from affordable city cars to decadent sports cars.

As two-seater cars don’t have the most versatile seating arrangement, they tend to be used for cars that don’t need to major in practicality. As a result, this layout is most frequently found in sports cars, which place more of an emphasis on fun handling around corners and strong performance than big boots - though a number of more modern sports cars do come with surprising amounts of interior space.

Since a two-seater car doesn’t need such a huge cabin, it means this setup can also be found on ultra-compact machines that are optimised for the narrow and congested roads of town and city centres. For the time being, the only two-seater city car of this type is the Smart ForTwo, though there are alternatives like the Renault Twizy and Citroen Ami if you’re willing to venture into the 'quadricycle' part of the two-seater market - covering smaller cars designed for urban environments, which don't have to meet the same regulations as ordinary cars.

We’ve delved through the listings on BuyaCar to bring you our picks of some of the best used two-seater cars that you can buy today - whether you're after low running costs and ease of driving, an exciting drive in an affordable package or a super-stylish convertible that is equally at home whizzing along a country road or cruising along the coast.

Best two-seater cars

1. Audi TT Roadster

Audi TT Roadster front three quarters view

Used deals from £14,900
Monthly finance from £0*

The Audi TT makes a tempting choice if you’re after a two-seater car, as it strikes a great blend of sporty fun and day-to-day usability. Sharp steering and good grip make the Audi enjoyable on a twisty road, yet the decent ride and great cabin quality help make the TT easy to live with.

Officially, if you only want two seats in your Audi TT, then you’ll need to opt for the convertible version, since the coupe model has a pair of small seats in the back. However, since the two back chairs are only really suitable for small children anyway, you’ll probably find the Audi TT coupe to be more usable by folding the rear seats down and increasing the car’s luggage volume. If you're after a stylish effective two-seater with a big boot, this could work for you.

AUDI TT ROADSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

2. BMW Z4

Used deals from £14,390
Monthly finance from £412*

Your options for upmarket two-seater cars aren’t restricted to just the Audi TT. A number of other companies also build such cars, and one such example that makes an intriguing option is the BMW Z4. When browsing through used BMW Z4 listings, you’ll likely come across two different versions; the second-generation model that went off sale in 2016 and has a folding hard top, and the third-gen BMW Z4 that debuted in 2018.

If it’s a sportier drive that you’re after, then the more recent Z4 will be the better match for you, though the older model is still decent to drive and is comfy enough to be a more affordable alternative to bigger grand tourer cars that are suited to long road trips, with its hard top providing decent refinement levels for a convertible.

BMW Z4 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Fiat 124 Spider

Used deals Limited stock

Compact and affordable sporty two-seater cars have become few and far between over the years - to the point where, if you’re browsing for a brand new car, your only real option now is the Mazda MX-5. However, there are handily a few more options if you venture into the used market, and one of the best alternatives to the Mazda is the Fiat 124 Spider.

Part of why it makes such an appealing choice is that it’s very similar to the Mazda - which perhaps isn’t too surprising, as both cars are closely related to one another. The Fiat does bring a few unique things to the party; it’s a bit more stylish to look at for some drivers, and the 124 Spider’s turbocharged petrol engines have a bit more mid-range punch than the ones you’ll find in the MX-5, which means you don’t have to work the Fiat as hard to accelerate quickly.

So, if you want more effortless performance, go for the Fiat. Meanwhile, if you like to feel more engaged with the drive and to get more from working the engine hard, the Mazda is the better car for you. Whichever one you choose, you'll have a fun-to-drive and affordable two-seater convertible.

FIAT 124 SPIDER BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Jaguar F-Type

Used deals from £27,989
Monthly finance from £547*

The Jaguar F-Type sits in an interesting middle ground when it comes to the size of sporty two-seater cars. It’s more compact than larger luxurious two-seaters like the Mercedes SL, so takes up less space on the road and is theoretically easier to drive around town and more agile on country roads. However, it’s also a bit bigger than vehicles like the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra, so the Jaguar could be for you if you reckon those cars are a bit too small for your needs.

Unlike some other sports cars of this size, all Jaguar F-Type models were exclusively available with two seats, so the F-Type fits the bill here irrespective of whether it’s the hard-top coupe or soft-top convertible model you're considering. Examples of the restyled and updated Jaguar F-Type have begun filtering onto the used market, though the pre-update cars are still worthy of your attention, and will remain the most affordable way into running a Jaguar F-Type, too.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mazda MX-5

Used deals from £9,665
Monthly finance from £0*

If you’re after a more affordable two-seater car that’s also sporty, you should definitely have the Mazda MX-5 on your wishlist. Over the years, it’s developed a reputation for being a car that offers a lot of thrills and fun behind the wheel for a relatively humble amount of money - and you can pick one up for even less by opting for a used or nearly new example over a brand new one.

Because the Mazda MX-5 has been a strong seller by sports car standards, this means there are a decent number of second-hand examples to be found, giving you more choice and potentially better value than with rarer models. Even the entry-level 1.5-litre cars fit the bill if you’re after a sporty two-seater on the budget, though the more powerful 2.0-litre models pick up speed more easily and may suit you better if you plan to do lots of driving on faster roads like motorways and dual carriageways.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mercedes SLC

Used deals from £18,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Have you longed to drive an upmarket Mercedes SL convertible, but found the car to be too expensive for your budget? Handily, there is a more compact and affordable alternative out there, in the form of the SL’s little sibling, the Mercedes SLC - which still features a folding metal hard-top.

In many ways, the Mercedes SLC is quite like a shrunken-down SL. It’s smartly styled, offers good refinement and is very easy to live with. The SLC is also a car that puts more of an emphasis on comfort than super-sporty handling around corners, so while it isn’t as fun to drive as sportier two-seater roadsters like the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster, it’s a great pick if you’re after a compact used convertible that’s happy doing long journeys.

MERCEDES SLC BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Porsche Cayman

Used deals Limited stock

When it comes to usability, the Porsche Cayman shows you don’t have to sacrifice too much in your quest for a two-seater car. It obviously lacks seats on the passenger-carrying front, though the Cayman is fairly respectable when it comes to practicality.

This is because the 718 Cayman has two sizeable storage areas; a 130-litre load area under the bonnet that’s big enough to accommodate a weekend bag or two, and a larger 275-litre boot behind the engine bay, resulting in a total family hatchback-rivalling luggage volume of 405 litres. Adding to the Porsche’s appeal in general as a two-seater car is its engaging handling, punchy performance and impressive day-to-day usability.

8. Smart ForTwo

Used deals from £6,239
Monthly finance from £0*

By and large, two-seater cars tend to be quite sporty, though as with most rules of thumb there is an exception here; the Smart ForTwo. As its name suggests, this funky little car only has enough room inside for the driver and one passenger, and it’s also about as far removed from a sports car as you can possibly get.

This is because the Smart ForTwo is designed to dart around city centres, so doesn’t need to have that much oomph. Depending on the variant you opt for, the petrol models have either 71hp or 90hp at their disposal, which is more than enough for trips to town and back. The 82hp electric EQ ForTwo feels especially nippy and is easier to drive in traffic than the petrol cars, though used EQ ForTwos do command a higher price than their petrol counterparts and their usability is limited by the car’s low official range of just 82 miles between charges.

SMART FORTWO BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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