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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Best performance car for value

First and foremost, a great performance car is entertaining and involving to drive, but unlike pure sports cars, they also have to be practical and comfortable enough to use every day...

Best performance car for value

BMW M240i xDrive

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Performance cars are usually pricey toys, but while the BMW M240i isn’t exactly cheap, it does give you an awful lot of pace for your money.

Whether you buy it outright or on a PCP finance deal, you’ll save thousands compared with the other cars here. And yet the 369bhp 3.0-litre straight six under its bonnet manages to make every mile feel epic, rocketing you to 62mph in just 4.3sec. That’s not only quicker than the rival Audi TTS but barely any slower than the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Plus, the engine in the M240i emits a soulful howl that’s obviously missing from the latter.

New BMW M240i Coupe dashboard

It’s easy to make the most of the M240i’s savage performance, too, because it’s distributed to all four wheels via a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox, while sweet handling means there’s plenty of fun to be had on a winding road.

No, it’s not as practical or as plush as the Cross Turismo. But for the money, performance cars don’t come any better.

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