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Used Car of the Year Awards 2021: Sports cars
With demand for used cars on the rise, you’ll want to know which are the best buys. That’s where our annual Used Car Awards come in. These are our favourite sports cars...
Porsche Cayman (2013-2016)
Every so often, a car comes along that is so far ahead of the competition that you’re left wondering how long it will take for other brands to catch up. In the case of the previous-generation Porsche Cayman, we’re still waiting.
With its playful handling, sonorous six-cylinder engine and snickity six-speed manual gearbox (a brilliant automatic is also available), the ‘981’ Cayman still delivers a driving experience that makes you wonder why you’d ever need to step up to a 911. It may not be as quick point to point as the newer, current Cayman, but the 2.7-litre flat six sounds much sweeter than the new model’s rather rough four-cylinder engine.
At this price point, a 2015 Cayman not only holds more appeal than its successor but also sees off newer contenders such as the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLC, because it’s so much more rewarding to drive.
Mazda MX-5 (2015-present)
Best buy less than £20,000
The MX-5 serves as a reminder that small dimensions and low weight benefit a car in almost every area, from agility to fuel economy. For this budget, you could have a 2016-2017 Subaru BRZ or Toyota GT86, but a 2.0-litre MX-5 will be newer (just a year old) and more sophisticated.
BMW i8 (2014-2020)
Best buy less than £50,000
Concept car looks, performance to rival a Porsche 911, the fuel economy of a small hatchback… and all for less than £50,000. That’s why we’d take a 2016 example of BMW’s daring plug-in hybrid sports car over a newer Alpine A110, and even in preference to an older version of said 911.
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