You might think finding a performance car for less than £20,000 just isn’t possible. Don’t despair, however, because we’ve found 10 of the very best performance cars currently on sale that sneak under that figure.
Following are the top 10 best performance cars for less that £20,000:
10. Caterham Seven 160:
The Caterham Seven 160 is something of a wildcard on this list. It demands many sacrifices – it has extremely limited interior and cargo space, negligible weather protection and utterly uncompromising ride quality. It is, however, probably the most thrilling performance car on this list, too.
The 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds might not look that impressive but this is a car whose incredibly light weight means it can corner with an aggressiveness uncommon this side of a full racing car. Equally, you’re so close to the elements, it feels as visceral as many motorbikes. It costs from £15,995 and you can even build it yourself provided you have a very understanding family.
9. Nissan Juke DiG-T 190:
If you don’t fancy a hot hatch or sports car but still want some performance then the Nissan Juke DiG-T 190 could be for you. Its compact crossover bodystyle means it offers noticeably more interior space than many of the options here so, if you have kids or spacious hobbies, it might be a better choice.
Despite its height, it’s fun to drive aided by stiff suspension and responsive steering. The Juke’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine helps it reach 0-62mph in a respectable 8.0 seconds. It costs from £18,460 so offers a great balance of performance and practicality for the price.