The best petrol cars

Whether you're looking for a sporty coupé, a practical hatchback or a seven-seat SUV, petrol power is now more appealing than ever before. We count down our favourite cars that drink from the gre...

Honda Civic Type R driving
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What Car? team
21 Jul 2019 08:15

7. Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT

A hot hatchback is prime territory for a petrol engine, and the class-leading Honda Civic Type R has a potent 316bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre example under its bonnet. It's capable of putting a big smile on your face at almost any speed – thanks largely to the intoxicating noise coming from its exhaust – but also offers a comfortable ride and is more practical than most of its rivals.

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6. Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Sport

Audi TT 2019 right front tracking shot

No other car has won as many What Car? Awards as the Audi TT – and every time we recommend this stylish and fun coupé, it's with a peppy petrol engine. The latest version is sublime when paired with a turbocharged 2.0-litre motor and offers engaging handling and a fabulous interior design to go with its grin-inducing performance.

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5. Kia Picanto 1.25 3

Kia Picanto 1.25 3

Our reigning city car champion offers tidy handling, a good-size boot by the standards of the class and excellent infotainment on pricier trim levels. It's good to drive and reasonably practical, too, and the 1.25-litre petrol engine we recommend is pleasantly peppy.