If you consider yourself a petrolhead, chances are you’ll love nothing more than tossing your car around a track. With this in mind, read on for the best driving cars you can buy.
This list includes cars for everyone from small convertibles to practical family hatchbacks and everything in between.
Our selection of the top 10 best driving cars is:
- Toyota GR86
- Alpine A110
- Honda Civic Type R
- Porsche Taycan
- Mini-panel JCW
- BMW M5 CS
- Mazda MX-5
- Audi RS5
- Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
- Hyundai i30N
1) Toyota GR86
If you’re looking for old-school, back-to-basics sports car fun, the Toyota GR86 is for you. You get a snappy 2.4-litre petrol engine, a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, all of which make for a pretty fun car to hop around.
You will not find a luxurious interior in the GR86. Look to an Audi TT if that’s your thing. But the GR86 is still a great sports car, and it’s one of the best driver’s cars out there.
2) Alpine A110
The Alpine A110 may look retro, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the way this car drives. It’s lightweight, has a buzzing little 1.8-litre turbo engine and comes alive when you push it hard.
Granted, you can’t take any luggage in the small briefcase, but you forget that once you get into a corner. And the best part? The A110 is still comfortable on long journeys and smooths out bumps in the road with ease.
3) Honda Civic Type R
We’ve all been there, you have to go to a track day, but the kids have to be dropped off at school first. Fortunately, the Honda Civic Type R can handle both tasks. It’s a practical, reliable family hatchback, yet one of the best driving front-wheel drive cars.
If it’s the fastest hot hatch you’re looking for, a four-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf R is a better choice. But because it’s only an automatic, that car doesn’t offer the superb manual transmission you get in the Type R. It is really a pleasure to use because you make the most of all the grip in the corners.
4) Porsche Taycan
Electric cars are usually not that exciting when the road gets twisty due to the extra weight of all the batteries, but the Porsche Taycan is an exception. It hides its 2,295 kg weight extremely well and manages to remain as agile as a Porsche should be.
It might not go as far on a charge as a Tesla Model S Long Range, and headroom in the back is cramped. You can look past this one though, as it looks great, is quite fast in Turbo S form and also offers a lot of comfort.
5) Mini hatch John Cooper Works
The original Mini was always known as a smile to drive, and the latest version has kept this spirit alive. Go for the John Cooper Works model and you get a small 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 231 horsepower.
The Mini isn’t the most practical or comfortable small car on the market, check out the Audi A1 Sportback if that’s what you’re after, but the sharp steering and firm stance mean the Mini drives very well indeed.
6) BMW M5 CS
When it comes to great driving, you can’t go far wrong with any BMW M car. However, with the BMW M5 CS you get the best the brand has to offer. The steering is quick and precise, and there’s plenty of grip from the four-wheel drive system.
At £140,000 it’s an expensive way to have fun, and the standard equipment is a bit mean at this price. However, it makes up for this with the excellent suspension system, which is firm enough to ride on the track yet compliant enough to be comfortable.
7) Mazda MX-5
You can’t talk about handling without mentioning the Mazda MX-5. Since the introduction of the Mk1 in the late 1980s, this convertible sports car has always been lightweight and fun. It’s a wonderfully balanced car that really rewards you when you push it hard.
A more practical hot hatchback will be faster, but that’s not really the point of the MX-5. The 2.0-litre engine is punchy and revving, encouraging you to make use of the excellent manual transmission.
8) Audi RS5
If you want to enjoy your car in all weather conditions, the Audi RS5 is the right car for the job. Thanks to the Quattro four-wheel drive system, your car will stick to the road like glue, regardless of Mother Nature’s challenges.
The RS5 may not have the most exciting sounding engine, and it doesn’t have the biggest trunk in its class, but that’s forgiven when you realize how comfortable this car is over long distances.
9) Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
Porsche knows how to make a car that drives, and the engineers pulled out all the stops for the Cayman GT4 RS. They took the stock 718 Cayman, took a lot of weight away (from a car that wasn’t exactly generous in the beginning) and added a much more powerful engine.
The result? A track weapon that can startle much bigger supercars into corners and put a huge grin on your face at the same time. The GT4 RS won’t be a great everyday driver thanks to a hard ride and noisy cab, but as a weekend toy it’s hard to beat.
10) Hyundai i30 No
Who would have thought we’d see the day a Hyundai makes such a list? The i30 N is a great looking hot hatch that can really give cars like the Honda Civic Type R a shot.
It feels wedged in the road and you feel everything that happens beneath you, albeit at the cost of everyday comfort. Even with the suspension in the softest position, the i30 N will be a bit too firm for some. For backroad blasting, however, few cars come close.
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