Sports cars are usually designed for the most driving pleasure, but what happens if you have more than one passenger? Thankfully, there are plenty of cars that promise sports car performance with four-seat practicality.
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1. Audi TT RS
The Audi TT RS may be based on the same platform as the humble Volkswagen Golf, but it’s morphed into a very fast and desirable sports car. That sporty roofline means the rear seats have fairly poor headroom, but kids shouldn’t have too many difficulties squeezing back there, and the 305-litre boot is reasonably impressive for a car of this size and ability.
It’s the way that the TT RS drives that’ll have you falling for it, however. The 395hp five-cylinder engine means performance is mind-blowing, covering 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system keeps it stuck to the road surface like glue, and sharp handling means even the most demanding drivers will climb out with a smile on their face.
2. BMW M2
The BMW M2 might be the smallest M car, but it still manages to fit four seats and a reasonable boot. Front passengers have plenty of space and surprisingly good headroom, but those in the back will struggle on longer journeys if they’re above average height. The boot measures 390 litres – larger than most family hatchbacks – but the saloon-like opening slightly limits things when loading larger items.
The BMW really shines once out on the road, with a nimble chassis, accurate controls and unshakeable stability provided you leave all the controls on. The 370hp 3.0-litre turbo petrol means it can get from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds with a great soundtrack to boot. Factor in a relatively reasonable price of around £44,000 and it’s easy to see why the BMW M2 is one of our favourite coupes.
Read our BMW M2 review for all the info.
3. Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 is arguably the most iconic sports car, but you might be forgiven for thinking it only comes with two seats. In fact, Porsche has managed to squeeze a couple of rear seats in – perfect for children on short journeys, and you can even get isofix child-seat mounts back there, too. The boot is located under the front bonnet and only offers 145 litres of space – but that should just be enough for a small weekly shop.
To get the best use out of your 911, however, you’ll need to point it away from the supermarket and towards the open road. The Porsche’s blend of excellent ride and handling have always been a key part of its appeal, and the latest Carrera models now include turbochargers for more power and efficiency.
Read our Porsche 911 review for all the facts.
4. Toyota GT86
If you’re after something a little more affordable, you could do worse than checking out the Toyota GT86. It may be compact but the GT86 still has space for four, although the sporty roofline means only children will be comfortable for anything but the shortest journeys. The 273-litre boot is actually quite impressive, and just 13 litres shy of the one you’ll find in the Toyota Yaris.
Find an open stretch of road and the Toyota really comes into its own – the 200hp 2.0-litre petrol engine might not be the most powerful out there, but still allows for a spritely 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds. Keenly priced from around £22,000, the GT86 represents a bit of a bargain – and there’s the identical Subaru BRZ if you want a different badge on the bonnet.
5. Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is one of the most stylish in the class, and the AMG C63 version takes things up several notches. Four adults will be comfortable on all but the longest road trips although those taller than six-feet may have to watch their heads. The 355-litre boot is a little smaller than rivals’ (445 litres in the BMW M4 and 366 litres in the Lexus RC-F), but the beautiful design of the Mercedes’ interior arguably makes up for that.
Being an AMG, the C63 Coupe is all about the engine and performance. There’s now a twin-turbocharged 4.4 litre V8 that, in the top ‘S’ version, produces 510hp and sprints from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. It’s great fun to drive but actually works well as an everyday car, too – official fuel economy of 32mpg is reasonable, but don’t expect to get that if you regularly use that engine to its full potential.
6. Audi S5
The latest Audi S5 picks up where the old one left off – a stylish and rapid choice for those who value quality, desirability and performance. The interior is very similar to the one you’ll find in the Audi A4 saloon, arguably one of the nicest of any car on sale, especially with the optional Virtual Cockpit system. Four adults will have no problem fitting in and the 465-litre boot means they should all be able to bring a little luggage with them, too.
Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 349hp – enough to reach 62mph from rest in 4.7 seconds – faster than most direct rivals. Audi is planning an even faster RS5 version in the near future to topple the C63’s reign as the fastest performance coupe.
7. Porsche Panamera
Porsche’s Panamera may have four doors, but it’s undeniably a true sports car. The latest model looks a lot less awkward than before and has a new interior complete with a massive touchscreen infotainment system. There’s loads of room for four adults to sit comfortably, with loads of adjustments even for rear passengers. The 495-litre boot is also the largest on our list, and the hatchback opening is handy, too.
We’ve not driven the new Panamera but, considering Porsche’s track record, it’s bound to be even more entertaining and refined than the old model. All models at launch will be four-wheel drive, and there’s a choice of V6 and V8 petrol, or V8 diesel engines. The diesel model is likely to be the most popular in the UK and, with 416hp and a top speed of 177mph, is the fastest diesel production car on sale.
Read our Porsche Panamera review to get all the info you need.
8. BMW M4
The BMW M4 is a little larger and more grown-up than its M2 sibling so is a better option for those who regularly need to carry four people. Space in the back is enough for adults o short journeys, and the 445-litre boot is big enough for a couple of suitcases and a few soft bags. If you need more space, there’s always the M3 saloon…
Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine producing 431hp – enough to get the BMW from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds. Those after the ultimate driving machine might be better off with the sharper M2 but, for a sheer blend usability and performance with the BMW badge, you can’t beat the M4.
Read our BMW M4 review.
9. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is finally available to buy in the UK with right-hand drive. It’s a big beast, measuring 4.78m long but, while there’s room for four inside, the rear two seats don’t have as much space for occupants as you might hope. Nevertheless, they’re big enough for kids and the 408-litre boot is perfectly shaped for carrying a couple of sets of golf clubs, or even a double pram.
Ford offers the Mustang with a 5.0-litre V8 engine that can crack 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds. You can also get a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine, that still manages the sprint in six seconds flat. It’s not as characterful as the larger engine though, and the great-sounding V8 matches the muscular character of this iconic sports car.
10. Nissan GT-R
You might be surprised to find Nissan has squeezed four seats into the dramatic-looking GT-R and, what’s more, there’s even a 315-litre boot – just one litre shy of the Ford Focus family hatchback. Adults might be more comfortable in the back of the Focus, but there’s still enough room for kids, or smaller adults at a pinch.
Of course the main reason to buy the GT-R is its ballistic performance. With the 563hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine helping it cover 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds, you’ll probably want to leave the kids at home. It’s certainly not the cheapest option on our list costing more than £80,000 but, considering the sheer power on offer, you could argue the GT-R is a bit of a bargain.
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