5 affordable sports cars for your wish list


The allure of sports cars lies not just in their speed but in their blend of performance, design and the sheer pleasure they bring to the act of driving. But historically, the term ‘sports car’ has conjured images of unattainable luxury. It’s one reason why they only account for 5.6% of worldwide revenue in the wider sector.

However, you might just be surprised with the standard of car you could pick up on a more realistic budget. Here’s a closer look at five models that stand out for their combination of style and power with surprising affordability.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 delivers pure driving joy, combining lightweight agility with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup that’s become a relative rarity nowadays.

Available for well under £30,000, this iconic roadster still offers its famous fun-to-drive nature. And its affordability and low running costs have helped it become the best-selling sports car of all time.

Audi TT

The Audi TT is a slightly more premium choice in the affordable sports car segment, and one that’s long been known for its sophisticated design and interior. It’s not quite as sporty as others on this list, but if you put its Audi tyres to the test, you’ll find it still handles like a dream.

Recent updates have helped make it sleeker too – without sacrificing any of its original charm.

Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is another household name that you might be surprised to see here, but the base model of this rear-wheel-drive beauty won’t break the bank.

It serves as a stellar entry-level Porsche that doesn’t skimp on the brand’s hallmark driving dynamics and build quality. Prices and performance specifics vary by model year and trim, but if you’re prepared to compromise a little, you’ll get an excellent sports car in return.

Toyota GT86

Similar to the Mazda MX-5, the Toyota GT86 looks like a proper sports car. Thankfully it drives like one too, being well-known for its sharp handling and rear-wheel-drive layout.

It’s not quite as exciting on the inside as some of its competitors – though it’s also on the lower end of the price range, if you’re looking for a bargain.

BMW 2 Series

This model might be a little less sporty in appearance than others discussed here. But the BMW 2 Series, particularly the rear-wheel-drive variants, is widely praised for its dynamic handling, potent engine options and quality interior.

It’s a little bigger on the inside too, making it a versatile choice if you’re seeking sports car thrills alongside daily driving comfort.


The dream of owning a sports car is more accessible than you might think, with options available for different preferences and budgets. Have any of these models caught your eye?


Image credit: Toyota GT86 | Taken at the Pistonheads Sunday Service at Ast… | Flickr Shared under CC2.0

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