Best and worst performance cars

The best performance cars combine sports car-rivalling acceleration and engaging handling with impressive everyday usability, but which should you consider – and which are best avoided?...

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door front

7. Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door

The first standalone four-seater form Mercedes' AMG performance division sounds amazing and is bonkers fast. It's also more fun to take out on a Sunday blast than the Panamera, thanks to its playful handling, but it has a firmer ride than the Porsche and lets in more road noise.

M5 Front Corner

Despite having enough power to slay supercars (591bhp), the latest M5 is comfortable and no harder to drive than a regular 5 Series. It's only available as a saloon, though, whereas the RS6 has a more practical estate body and the Mercedes-AMG E63 lets buyers choose between the two configurations.

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5. BMW M2

BMW M2 vs Jaguar F-type vs Porsche 718 Cayman S

The M2 is smaller and lighter than the other cars on this list, which contributes to its superb agility, while the steering is beautifully weighted and the 404bhp engine very responsive for a turbocharged unit. If you don't need the M2's rear seats, though, you should also consider sports cars such as the Alpine A110 and Porsche Cayman, because these are even sharper.