Clash of classifieds

Brief: Find me a £15k Golf Cabrio alternative.

Maserati Spyder, £14,500

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, £14,990

Mark Pearson: James is looking for a sound alternative to the now-defunct Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, and I think I’ve found the perfect car. The Maserati Spyder has a wonderful, Ferrari-built 4.2-litre V8 and can hit 176mph. It looks a million dollars but costs rather a lot less. I think that in terms of wind-in-your-hair fun and bang for your buck, this is probably the best all-round car in the world. What have you got, Max?

Max Adams: Will this be the wind in your hair while waiting for the tow truck, Mark? I doubt anyone considering a sensible Golf would contemplate the idiosyncrasies of your Italian exotic. No, they would much rather have my uber-classy 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, enjoying not only the warm glow of that three-pointed star but also the gentle heating of their necks from its clever Airscarf system.

MP: All sounds a little pretentious to me. No, I think James will appreciate this gorgeous 2003 Maserati. My cousin Kevin has one, and you can’t argue with him. Also he lives in East Anglia, like James. Those trading up from a Golf will be well pleased.