Best used sports cars for less than £35,000

Fast, fun and fantastic value: here are the 10 best sports cars you can now buy used for less than £35,000...

Best used sports cars for less than £35,000

Want a sports car but don’t have unlimited funds? Then have we got a treat for you.

The best modern sports cars combine adrenaline-pumping performance with exhilarating handling, but also throw in a generous helping of modern technology and high safety standards. And while new models don’t come cheap, a combination of high depreciation and low average mileages often makes a used sports car a particularly savvy buy.

Here we’ve brought together the ten best used sports cars you can buy, and rated them taking into account value, price and their ability to deliver a thrilling driving experience.

Best used sports cars

10. Lotus Evora

Used Lotus Evora

It might feel a bit cheap and flimsy inside, but there’s no faulting the driving experience offered by the Lotus Evora. Both the standard, naturally-aspirated car and the supercharged ‘S’ deliver scintillating performance, and with Lotus’s typically excellent chassis engineering behind it, the Evora’s also superb to drive. You might have to put up with a little more engine and road noise than some rivals, mind you.

We found: 2011 Lotus Evora, 33,700 miles, £31,990

Read the full 2012 Lotus Evora review

9. Nissan GT-R

Used Nissan GT-R

Striking looks and Earth-shattering performance both in a straight line and around a bend – what’s not to like about the Nissan GT-R? Well, there's its interior for starters, which feels a bit out of date these days and isn't the most interesting to look at. However, you’ll soon forget that quibble once you’re out on the move, because the sledgehammer shove of its turbocharged V6, combined with the vast levels of grip the GT-R has around corners, is truly breathtaking.

We found: 2010 Nissan GT-R 3.8 V6, 42,277 miles, £33,990

Read our used 2009-present Nissan GT-R buying guide

8. Lotus Elise

Used Lotus Elise

The Evora’s little brother, the Lotus Elise has always nailed its target audience. Its ethos is as a pared-down roadster with lightness and involvement front and centre, so don’t expect much in the way of equipment. But if you want a two-seat sports car that offers the ultimate lightweight driving experience with a modicum of usability, there’s little better.

We found: 2016 Lotus Elise S, 16,958 miles, £32,950

Read our used 2011-2022 Lotus Elise review