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Best sports cars for 2019

By Daljinder Nagra

Article 12 of 16

The best sports cars are agile performance models that are a joy to drive and won't let you down. They might not be that practical, but they’ll put a smile on your face.

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Sports cars focus less on practicality, and instead concentrate on desirability and driving performance, with sleek styling, impressive acceleration and unrivalled cornering prowess.

The class includes everything from affordable sports cars, such as the Audi TT and Toyota GT86, to high-end models including the BMW M4 and Porsche 911. 

But to be classified by us as one of the best sports cars, a car needs more than just looks or outright speed. 

Comfort, safety and driving experience, as well as emissions, will all impact a car's Which? test score. We've found sports car that breach official emissions limits, as well as models that are too unsafe to ever recommend.

Below are the best new and used sports cars you can buy, as revealed by our uniquely rigorous lab and road tests. Scroll down further to see the sports car we recommend you avoid.

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The best new sports cars

Sports cars certainly have the looks, but the differences in quality can be gigantic when you actually go out and drive them. Our expert tests ensure you buy a model you can count on - and avoid making an expensive mistake.

Best new sports cars

79%
£57,458
Reviewed

With more than 400bhp and massive pulling power, this model has much stronger acceleration than the version replaces, while boasting improved efficiency. It's very useable for day-to-day driving, too.

77%
£36,352
Reviewed

This new convertible is a fine balance of thrilling sports car and effortless daily driver. It’s as high-quality and loaded to the gunnels with tech as you’d expect of a premium sports car and has classy, cutting edge styling.

76%
£30,185
Reviewed

This upmarket sports car is fun, well-made and has some excellent tech touches. It’s no more difficult to live with or use than a small hatchback, either. The rear seats are for kids only, though.

75%
£28,069
Reviewed

This compact two-seater roadster has upmarket styling and the additional convenience of a folding metal roof. It’s well made, too, but it’s starting to show its age in places, most noticeably with its tiny infotainment display.

75%
£18,515
Reviewed

Proof that driving thrills needn't cost the earth. This two-seater serves up driver entertainment (if not outright performance) to rival cars three times its price. It's easy to drive and feels built to last.

The best used sports cars

Buying used can be the route to getting your dream car. There's plenty of excellent models to choose from - plus many duds to avoid. Make sure your sports car delivers what you're hoping for by selecting one of the models below.

Best used sports cars

73%
£2,999
Reviewed

Sometimes you don’t need complicated sports cars with huge power to have a good time. This model is a case in point. It’s as simple as sports cars get, with a small engine and folding fabric roof. It’s also some of the best fun you can have on four wheels.

72%
£5,449
Reviewed

This convertible sports car offers a desirable combination of wind in the hair motoring, a high-quality interior and plenty of badge prestige. There's a wide range of engines and unlike many sporty two-seaters, it's perfectly suited to everyday driving.

72%
£38,224
Reviewed

This mid-engine sports car impressed not only with its deft handling and stunning performance. It also has a supremely high quality interior and is easy to drive every day – provided you can live with its poor rear visibility and limited practicality.

71%
£176,508
Reviewed

This is essentially a European muscle car. A thumping V8 engine provides strong performance and an excellent soundtrack, and it’s a joy to drive. It’s superbly well made, too, but then you’d expect that of a car with a six-figure price tag.

69%
£5,410
Reviewed

Surefooted handling, desirable styling and a high quality cabin ensure this model stands out from rivals. The rear seats are token efforts, though.

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And the sports cars to avoid

We put more of an emphasis on driving appeal and performance when we test sports cars. But that doesn't mean a sports car can get away with having sky-high emissions and rubbish fuel economy.

Some sports cars we've tested emit more than enough CO2 to put them firmly in the highest tax bracket, which means a £2,000 bill in your first year, on top of the high price you paid for the car. 

Economy isn't anyone's first concern when buying a sports car, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it. You could get an excellent, fast, beautiful sports cars that manages more than 40 miles to the gallon, while others barely make it over 20.

The worst sin of all is sports cars that aren't fun to drive. Even small problems, such as suspension that's slightly too stiff, or handling that's too vague, is enough to spoil the enjoyment. When you're spending upwards of £50,000, you expect the drive to be nigh on perfect.

We drive each car we test for 500 miles, analysing every facet of how it feels and handles. So you know that when we warn you off a car because of how dull it is to drive, we are talking from experience.

These are the sports cars that failed to impress on the road and in our lab.

Sports cars to avoid

45%
£10,231
Reviewed

This is a truly desirable roadster, being easy enough to use every day, but the handling and performance to thrill on demand. Unfortunately, it's fallen behind the times in terms of safety, and with a three-star Euro NCAP safety rating, we simply cannot recommend it.

45%
£37,161
Reviewed

This left-field model is powerful, fast and a joy to ride... but also uncomfortable, terrible for rear passengers and lacks safety equipment. Euro NCAP gave it three out of five stars for safety, making it an instant Don't Buy (it also drinks like a horse and produces unholy amounts of toxic emissions).

We test cars more thoroughly than anyone else

Our tests go further than those carried out by other organisations, and because Which? is independent and doesn't accept advertising or freebies, you can trust our reviews to give you the full, honest and impartial truth about every car we test.

Every car we review is subjected to more than 100 individual tests in a lab, on a test track, and on real roads – and we really clock up the miles, driving around 500 miles in every car we test.

Testing in controlled lab conditions means the results we collect are directly comparable between different cars, helping us determine exactly which models are better and why, and helping you find the perfect car for your needs

And so you know which cars are likely to prove reliable for years to come, we also gather feedback from thousands of UK car owners through the Which? Car Survey, using it to generate detailed reliability ratings for the cars we test.

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