Many dream of owning a sporty car but perhaps think it’s too expensive. Think again, however – there’s a range of sporty, fun and desirable options on the market for the price of a family hatchback.
Here are the 10 cheapest sports cars:
- Mazda MX-5
- Fiat 124 Spider
- Mazda MX-5 RF
- BMW 2 Series
- Toyota GT86
- Audi TT
- Nissan 370Z
- Abarth 124 Spider
- BMW Z4
- Mercedes SLC
1. Mazda MX-5 – £18,495
For such a cheap price, the Mazda MX-5 is a steal. A lightweight body and a peppy 1.5-litre 130hp petrol engine make for a fun driving experience with sharp and agile handling. It looks suitably sporty too while, inside, the MX-5‘s basic SE trim comes with creature comforts such as LED headlights, alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel.
2. Fiat 124 Spider – £20,995
The Fiat 124 Spider shares a platform with the excellent MX-5 lending it responsive handling and great body control. Unlike the Mazda, the Fiat is powered by a torquey 1.4-litre turbocharged engine making it feel a little more relaxed when cruising. It features charming retro-inspired looks and, while it’s not the roomiest two-seater, the 124 Spider’s entry-level Classica trim gets air-con, cruise control and remote central locking.
3. Mazda MX-5 RF – £22,195
The Mazda MX-5 RF is essentially the same as the soft top convertible but uses a metal folding roof – for those who want a little more refinement. The new roof means it’s a bit more expensive, but still comes with the same wonderful handling, vibrant 1.5-litre petrol engine and good levels of standard equipment in SE-L Nav trim.
4. BMW 2 Series – £23,370
The BMW 2 Series is a good-looking coupe benefitting from build quality and handling from the German manufacturer. It’s brilliant to drive, even with the basic 1.5-litre 136hp petrol engine, and its plush cabin is packed with equipment in entry-level SE trim. You get a multi-function leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6.5-inch display as standard.
5. Toyota GT86 – £26,410
A little sports car needs to be fun to drive and the Toyota GT86 definitely meets that criteria. Its 200hp 2.0-litre petrol ‘Boxer’ engine packs a good amount of punch while the two-door coupe’s handling is sharp and sporty. The cabin is generously equipped too – standard models get an infotainment system, cruise control and Bluetooth – although perceived quality lags behind its German rivals.
6. Audi TT – £28,080
The Audi TT is a brilliant little premium sports car. This two-seater coupe can be yours for less than £30,000 in entry-level Sport trim and, with the punchy 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine, feels very peppy on the move. It looks very desirable and has fun, grippy handling to match. Inside, there’s a comfortable plush cabin that feels beautifully built with a brace of modern tech.
7. Nissan 370Z – £28,370
The beefy Nissan 370Z is a punchy sports car that represents great value for money. It has a hefty 3.7-litre V6 engine with 324hp, a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds – all for less than £30,000. This rear-wheel-drive coupe is fun to chuck around and, in standard trim, includes alloy wheels and automatic climate control.
8. Abarth 124 Spider – £29,565
The Abarth 124 Spider adds extra meat and aggression to the characterful standard Fiat version, although it comes at a price. Powered by a lovely sounding 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, its 170hp makes it a quick little car and the fine-tuned handling transforms helps it feel agile on the move. Plus, the bodykit and two-tone paint scheme look mean.
9. BMW Z4 – £29,695
The BMW Z4’s handsome, sporty styling match its great driving dynamics. Even basic 20i sDrive model generate a healthy 184hp while decent handling means the Z4 is a fun car to drive. The folding hardtop roof means it’s slightly more refined than an equivalent softtop convertible, too. Inside, it lives up to BMW’s reputation for quality, while entry-level models get Bluetooth and a multifunction leather sports steering wheel.
10. Mercedes SLC – £31,040
Despite its higher price, the Mercedes SLC isn’t a sporty as others on this list, instead opting for more of a cruiser personality. It makes a good showing for perceived quality, however, with great materials and excellent build quality. The car’s cabin looks smart and includes a seven-inch infotainment system. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo with 184hp kicks off the range and has enough power for most buyers.
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