The best sports cars for less than £30,000 2016

So you've got a budget of around £30,000 to spend on the sports car of your dreams, but what do you buy? Here we list our favourites – and one to avoid...

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Darren Moss
02 June 2016

The best sports cars for less than £30,000 2016

Sports cars are great fun to drive yet surprisingly affordable. If you've got a budget of around £30,000, then you can choose from a whole host of performance-orientated options. Here we count down the best.

The best sports cars for around £30,000 or less:

6 – Ford Mustang

The best sports cars for less than £30,000 2016

Okay, so the new Ford Mustang can't quite be had for under £30,000, but if you can afford to stretch your budget by a mere £995, then you'll get one of the most iconic cars around. This is a car that perfectly encapsulates the American dream – and the Mustang is a car that has earned its place in history. For this price, you'll miss out on the big V8, which American buyers love, and instead get a 2.3-litre petrol engine. It's still good for 313bhp, though, and it can propel the Mustang from a standing start to 60mph in 5.4sec.

The car: Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost Fastback

The price: £30,995

5 – Toyota GT86

The best sports cars for less than £30,000 2016

The Toyota GT86 is a car that's well worth considering if you're planning to take your new sports car onto the track. It offers lively handling, a firm but fair ride and feels faster than it actually is. Thanks to its rear-wheel drive, front-engined layout, it complies to the classic sports car formula, resulting in a tail-happy feel. It won't see which way an Audi TT went, though, and can't match the German car for composure on the road. Even in this stripped-back Primo version, you get essentials such as air-conditioning and Toyota's touchscreen infotainment system.

The car: Toyota GT86 Primo

The price: £22,495

4 – Renaultsport Megane 275

The best sports cars for less than £30,000 2016

While it's not the most sophisticated or rounded of options, the Renaultsport Megane is a superb driver’s car, with 271bhp and a traction-enhancing mechanical limited-slip front differential. The fact that it can now be had for around £3500 less than a Volkswagen Golf GTI only reiterates the Cup-S’s compelling value for money. Renault is due to end production this summer, so buy one while you still can.

The car: Renaultsport Megane 275 Cup-S

The price: £24,480

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