Every 5-star car on What Car?: sporty cars

From nimble hatchbacks to stylish SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical estates – this is where you'll find every model that has earned our highest road test rating...

Coupe of the Year - BMW 4 Series
New Alpine A110 vs Audi TT RS vs Porsche Cayman

You may not have heard of Alpine, but you'll certainly enjoy the way its dinky sports car can put a smile on your face, even at sensible speeds.

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Audi R8

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Audi R8 2021 front

The soundtrack from the R8's 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine is nothing short of outrageous, but there's more to enjoy from this range-topping Audi than just straight-line pace. It also has a high-quality interior, while superb high-speed refinement makes it easy to live with.

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Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

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Porsche Boxster Spyder front tracking

For the money, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is truly sublime. It looks fantastic, but what’s underneath, including the fabulous flat-six engine and bespoke suspension, equips it to dynamically outgun cheaper – and more expensive – rivals alike.

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Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front wide tracking

Very little else in any class can put a smile on your face quite like this open-top sports car. It offers brilliant handling, a surprisingly comfortable ride and – in GTS form – a glorious 4.0-litre flat six engine.

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Porsche 718 Cayman

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Porsche 718 Cayman T 2021 front cornering

Porsche fans may have been nervous when the Cayman adopted a turbocharged petrol engine, but they needn't have worried, because this is still one of the most fun sports cars to drive, with agile handling and raucous power. It has a classy interior, too.

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Porsche 911

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Porsche 911 front

The 911 badge is one of the oldest, yet Porsche's most iconic model remains one of the very best sports cars on sale. It's fantastic to drive, usable every day and has a beautifully furnished interior. There are several versions of the 911 which enjoy our highest rating, with this standard model being joined by the open-top Targa, the Cabriolet and the hardcore GT3.

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Sports SUVs

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

If you want to surge past the traffic, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a superb choice, thanks to a 503bhp 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine that revs keenly and emits a truly soulful soundtrack. However, it’s not simply a boisterous toy like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 or Range Rover Sport SVR. Instead, the Stelvio feels light and responsive, thanks to steering that’s super-quick without making the car seem overly nervous.

Ford Puma ST 2020 hero

In the same way that the regular Ford Puma is our favourite small SUV, this go-faster ST model is our reigning Sports SUV of the Year. That's because it takes everything we love about the regular Puma – its space, surefooted handling and clever technology – and adds a rorty engine which makes it immensely enjoyable to drive.

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS 2021 front

Just like the regular Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupe offers sublime handling and performance. In fact, if you go for mid-rung GTS trim, you'll have about as much fun as it's possible to have in a car that's this big and heavy. We love its classy interior and its range of powerful engines.

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Porsche Macan

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Porsche Macan front

We recommend the mid-range S version of Porsche's smallest SUV rather than the range-topping Turbo, because it's still ferociously fast – dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in 5.1sec – yet also able to keep running costs reasonably sensible. And like all Macan's it pulls off the trick of mixing thrilling, confidence-inspiring handling with a ride that's compliant enough for everyday use.

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Performance cars

Porsche Taycan

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Porsche Taycan 2020 RHD front right tracking

Porsche's first electric car, the Taycan, sets the benchmark for handling and interior quality. A brilliant piece of engineering, if only for the privileged few who can afford it.

BMW M3 2021 left tracking

With staggering pace, a high-quality interior and a comfy ride, the BMW M3 could spend the entire day setting fast lap times at your local circuit, and then be perfectly suited to your morning commute the day after. It's a car which pleases head and heart in equal measure.

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BMW M4 2021 front

The M4 offers simply staggering straight-line performance and surefooted yet playful handling. Don't think it's just a one-trick pony, though, because it's also comfy and has a high-quality interior.

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Mercedes-AMG C63 S

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Mercedes-AMG C63 S front

This fastest version of the Mercedes C-Class has muscle car brutishness, courtesy of a thundering V8 engine, but it's no drag-racer that's effective only in a straight line. It steers well and has a delightful chassis balance, too.

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

What makes the DBS so special is that Aston Martin has harnessed the car's immense power in a chassis that makes you the master of it, rather than its slave. It means that, believe it or not, this 715bhp car is one that you can genuinely enjoy not just on a track but also the public road.

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BMW 4 Series

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BMW 4 Series front

If you want to buy the best coupe in 2021, you can do no better than the BMW 4 Series. It's more fun to drive than its rivals, has more room in the back than you might imagine and is smart inside to boot. Its looks may divide opinion, but it's sure to get you noticed.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible

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BMW 4 Series Convertible 2021 front

Take the 4 Series coupe above, fit a convertible roof and, hey presto, a 4 Series Convertible will be standing before you. This version keeps everything that we love about the regular car, but adds a big dose of wind-in-your-hair thrills.

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