4. Porsche 911 (997)
The Porsche 911 has always been the archetypal usable sports car and the previous-generation version, also known by its development code of 997, looks like fantastic value these days. We’d choose a post-facelift 'Gen 2' car, because these have a better reliability record. And because every 911 offers fantastic poise and enthralling punch, the entry-level Carrera model looks like the best value. You’ll also get two rear seats – large enough for kids only, mind you – and a decent-sized boot in the nose.
2=. Porsche Boxster
The latest Porsche Boxster won our Sports Car of the Year award in 2017, and a used Boxster is a similarly inspired buy. Not only does it have all the ability of the Cayman, its coupé sibling, but it’s cheaper to buy and you get the added advantage of a convertible roof. So much the better to hear that wonderfully rasping engine and enjoy the sublime handling on a summer’s day. Two-seat sports car motoring doesn’t get much better. Go for a facelift Gen 2 model, though, since earlier cars had some reliability concerns.
We found 2011 2.9 PDK, 29,000 miles, £23,950
2=. Porsche Cayman
If you can live without the extra seats of the Porsche 911, you’d do well to consider a Cayman instead. OK, so it isn’t as practical, but it does deliver 90% of the 911’s ability for considerably less cash. Stick with later, post-facelift models – they have a far better reliability record – and you’ll get a car that’ll deliver huge performance, balanced mid-engined handling and yet is still one of the most usable sports cars out there on a day-to-day basis.
We found 2010 2.9, 19,000 miles, £24,990
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