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Best affordable sports cars of 2024

Sports cars can be great fun, but most tend to be rather expensive. That’s why we’ve selected some of the best affordable sports cars out there – from hatchbacks to mid-engined coupes – for you to pick from.

Sure, one or two choices here may be pushing the definition of a cheap sports car, but car makers have increasingly moved away from designing these vehicles in recent years, instead focussing on models that will sell like hotcakes.

There are, nonetheless, a fair few sporty numbers that are still available; here, we detail 10 of the best.

Hyundai i20 N

1. Hyundai i20 N

9/10
Hyundai i20 N review
Mazda MX-5

2. Mazda MX-5

9/10
Mazda MX-5 review

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Porsche 718 Cayman

3. Porsche 718 Cayman

9/10
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Audi TT

4. Audi TT

8/10
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BMW 2 Series (2014-2021)

5. BMW 2 Series

8/10
BMW 2 Series (2014-2021) review
Toyota GT86

6. Toyota GT86

8/10
Toyota GT86 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI

7. Volkswagen Golf GTI

8/10
Volkswagen Golf GTI review
Alpine A110

8. Alpine A110

7/10
Alpine A110 review
Alfa Romeo Giulia

9. Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

6/10
Alfa Romeo Giulia review
Abarth 595

10. Abarth 595

6/10
Abarth 595 review

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The 252bhp Alpine A110 is the fastest cheap sports car here, with a 0-60mph time of 4.4-seconds. If you need an extra set of seats and a touch more practicality, then the eminently more affordable 204bhp Hyundai i20N will get from 0-60mph in 6.7-seconds.

It depends on what your cutoff for 'cheap' is. The entry-level Porsche Cayman has 300hp, while the more affordable Toyota GR86 makes 234bhp from its naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre engine. The plucky little Abarth 695 makes 180bhp from a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, and prices start at just over £25,000.

Depends how much of a risk you're willing to take, or how much of a project you're willing to take on.

In terms of getting something that doesn't resemble a shed or need shedloads of work, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the most affordable used sports cars you can buy. It is cheap to run and has proven to be reliable, too.