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?...

Best and worst performance cars

A great performance car can't just be fast; it has to be a brilliant all-rounder.

We expect handling that entertains at sensible as well as race track speeds, and an engine note that reminds you you're driving something special. Plus, the best models deliver good long-distance comfort and are practical enough for family duties.

So which cars deliver and which falls well short? Here we reveal all.

10. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

If you're after effortless performance, an estate-style body and the ultimate badge appeal, then look no further than Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo. Just don't expect it to shift a wardrobe, because its boot has a 425-litre capacity, compared with the RS6's 565 litres.

Read our full Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review or let us help you buy a Panamera Sport Turismo

9. Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-AMG C43

This is a softer, less focused (and cheaper) alternative to the riotous C63 models, but it's still far from a slouch, thanks to a 385bhp turbocharged V6. It sounds fantastic when you rev is hard, too, but is unsurprisingly pretty thirsty.

8. Porsche Panamera

New Porsche Panamera vs Tesla Model S

We actually prefer the regular Panamera to the Sport Turismo, because it costs less, is slightly better to drive and it's very nearly as practical. Both cars ride surprisingly well by performance car standards.

Read our full Porsche Panamera review or let us help you buy a Panamera

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