Toyota GR Supra (2019-) review

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Test score

85%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: The ideal sports car

Sports car drivers expect strong performance and incisive handling, and here the GR Supra certainly delivers. But it’s also surprisingly good in other areas, too, being comfortable enough for long-distance travel and offering decent space inside. It’s a superb all-round sports coupé and a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Excellent handling
  • Safe
  • Well made
Cons
  • Thirsty
  • Awkward to get into
  • Poor visibility

BMW M4 (2014-) review

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77%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Used only
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 verdict: Brutally fast yet practical

With more than 400bhp and massive pulling power, the M4 has much stronger acceleration than the old M3, while boosting efficiency. It’s very useable for day-to-day driving – more than capable of being a refined cruiser. Seating comfort is good, too, and the boot is better than many sports car rivals.

Pros
  • Brilliant performance
  • Slick automatic
  • Sharp handling
  • Spacious front cabin/boot
Cons
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Expensive to buy and run

Mercedes-Benz SLK (2011-2016) review

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Test score

76%

Key features

  • Sports
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  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Desirable, comfortable fun cruiser

The SLK is comfortable and good to cruise around in, but unlike some two-seat roadsters, it’s not a hardcore sports car. The seats are very comfortable and the heating system is impressive – you can happily drive around with the roof off in winter. One drawback is that the boot is very small and hard to access.

Pros
  • Impeccably built
  • Easy to drive
  • Cracking engines
Cons
  • Tricky to get into
  • Small boot
  • Less fun than a Porsche Boxster

BMW Z4 (2019-) review

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76%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: A superb premium convertible sports car

In its latest iteration, the Z4 is a mature-feeling sports car with high levels of comfort, refinement and technology. It’s an entertaining drive, whichever model you go for, although it isn’t quite as exciting as its more overtly sporting rivals. However, that’s a minor criticism in the face of the Z4’s all-round appeal. It’s hugely impressive and a worthy Best Buy.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Well built
  • Powerful and fun to drive
  • Spacious for two
Cons
  • Folding roof now fabric
  • Poor all-round visibility
  • Lot of kit costs extra

Porsche Cayman (2005-2012) review

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74%

Key features

  • Sports
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  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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 verdict: Expensive, but thrilling

Few cars this side of a Porsche 911 are as rewarding to drive as a Cayman. All versions boast exceptional performance and the sort of crisp handling that wouldn’t disgrace a racing car. Owners remain delighted with this first-generation model, despite high running costs.

Pros
  • Fast
  • Agile
  • Huge fun to drive
  • Superb cabin
  • Holds value
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Very costly to run
  • Noisy at speed

Porsche 911 (2004-2012) review

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73%

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verdict: Highly acclaimed, and with good reason

Few cars offer such an intoxicating blend of performance, searing soundtrack and handling feedback. Just bear in mind its high running costs.

Pros
  • Performance
  • Agile and safe handling; all-round thrills and driver involvement
Cons
  • Very expensive to run
  • High maintenance costs
  • Limited practicality

Porsche Boxster (2012-2016) review

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73%

Key features

  • Sports
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 verdict: Superb drive, but costly

Superb to drive, the third-generation Boxster has marked a move upmarket. This ‘entry-level’ model is nonetheless a fine performer and reasonably practical to live with.

Pros
  • Proper Porsche styling and characteristics
  • Thrilling drive
  • Holds its value
Cons
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Visibility not great

Porsche 911 (2019-) review

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73%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
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verdict: Unbeatable.

More than fifty years of continuous development has made the Porsche 911 Carrera one of the finest sports cars on the road. It brings everything you want from a performance car, from relentless power to sublime handling, but wraps it up in a package that’s comfortable and easy enough to drive every day. It’s also kitted out with enough safety technology to protect you, and those around you. This is a thoroughly deserving Best Buy.

Pros
  • Thrilling performance
  • Captivating driving experience
  • Impressive quality
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Rear seats are a token gesture
  • Impractical

Porsche 911 Carrera (2012-2019) review

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72%

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verdict: A wonderfully rewarding indulgence

Rest assured, the 911 is still one of the world’s most iconic sports cars. The 911 series boasts a fantastic powertrain, great build quality, and its handling and brakes are among the very best. You pay for this, of course – it’s immensely expensive to buy and run.

Pros
  • Fantastic engines
  • Superlative handling and brakes
  • Iconic image
  • Build quality
Cons
  • Expensive to buy and run

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (2015-) review

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72%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
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 verdict: Brutally fast supercar

Long, low and wide, the AMG GT certainly makes its presence felt on the road – and it has a mighty soundtrack to match. Huge performance and extremely responsive handling mark it out as an exceptional sports car. As you’d expect, very high running costs and meagre practicality mean it’s definitely not for trips to the shops.

Pros
  • Mightily potent performance
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Sharp handling
Cons
  • Impractical
  • Very thirsty
  • Very expensive
  • Brutal power delivery

Nissan GT-R (2009-) review

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72%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
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 verdict: Porsche-rivalling supercar

No question, the GT-R is one of the world’s truly great drivers’ cars. It offers stunning performance from a hugely powerful engine, which is matched by an extraordinarily tenacious four-wheel-drive chassis and brakes that are top class. The GT-R is one of the most controlled cars we have ever tested. And yet it’s remarkably easy to drive – even inexperienced drivers will feel happy behind the wheel.

Pros
  • Exceptional performance
  • Fun to drive
  • Superb brakes and steering
Cons
  • Difficult to get in and out of
  • Fuel thirsty
  • Expensive replacement parts

Mazda MX-5 (2015-) review

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72%

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  • Sports
  • Available new
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verdict: Pure sports car heaven

If you think simple, straightforward sports cars had died out long ago, think again. The MX-5 is a sharp-handling, light-feeling, pure sports car. Not only is it huge fun, it’s also very good value. If you can live with its impracticalities, it’s a fantastic bit of kit.

Pros
  • Huge fun to drive
  • Eager engines
  • Good value
  • Very reliable
Cons
  • Impractical boot
  • Extremely noisy

Audi R8 (2007-2014) review

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72%

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verdict: Glorious but ultra-impractical

Audi’s first-ever supercar is mighty enough to worry established rivals, including the Porsche 911, Ferrari 458 and Mercedes-Benz SLS. The fact that Audi’s first competitor in this class is right up with such talented cars speaks volumes for its capability.

Pros
  • Lightning fast
  • Incredible handling
  • Beautiful to look at and be in
Cons
  • Expensive running costs
  • Uncomfortable for touring
  • Hugely impractical

Mercedes-Benz SLS (2010-2014) review

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71%

Key features

  • Sports
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verdict: High-flying supercar

This is a car that really pulls at the heartstrings. It’s a joy to drive: savagely quick, stable and the engine note is addictive. However, practical it’s not. Visibility is terrible and the gullwing doors – while certainly eye-catching – don’t make for easy access.

Pros
  • Amazing performance
  • Beautifully made
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Very poor visibility
  • Impractical gullwing doors
  • Massively expensive

Porsche Cayman (2013-2016) review

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70%

Key features

  • Sports
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Which? verdict: No bargain – but wonderful

The Cayman is a hugely appealing all-round sports car – by any price criteria. It’s all about the driving, and this is one of the finest driver’s cars money can buy. It also looks great, and is surprisingly practical, at least by sports car standards.

Pros
  • Superb handling and performance
  • Holds value well
  • Even reasonably practical
Cons
  • Very expensive to buy
  • Costly to run
  • Extensive options list

Mazda MX-5 RF (2017-) review

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69%

Key features

  • Sports
  • Available new
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid

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verdict: Coupé looks with open-roof fun

With the RF, Mazda has made a striking looking, more secure coupé-style alternative to the MX-5 roadster. The RF loses a touch of the simplicity of the fabric-roofed car, but none of its sharp-handling, light-feeling sports car character. It may still not be practical, but it is fantastic fun.

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Eager performance
  • More secure than soft-top
Cons
  • Tiny boot
  • Very noisy
  • Full open-top experience is lost

Audi TT (2006-2014) review

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69%

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  • Sports
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 verdict: A sports car icon

Audi didn’t change its successful TT coupé and roadster too much for this second-generation model, but under the skin there were some notable improvements. The Mk2 thus eclipses the original in most respects: it’s good to look at and better to drive, and overall there’s little to dislike.

Pros
  • Truly sporty to drive
  • Powerful engines
  • Reasonable fuel economy
Cons
  • Tiny rear seats
  • Sparse equipment
  • So-so safety

BMW i8 Roadster (2018-2020) review

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68%

Key features

  • Sports
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  • Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

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verdict: A unique proposition

The i8 Roadster’s aggressive supercar styling belies a car that’s surprisingly comfortable and easy to drive. It’s a cutting-edge example of how hybrid technology can be used to great effect in a performance car.

Pros
  • Supercar looks
  • Useful electric driving range
  • Potentially very low running costs
Cons
  • Difficult to get in and out
  • Restricted visibility
  • Lacks storage space

Peugeot RCZ (2010-2015) review

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66%

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  • Sports
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 verdict: Looks brilliant, drives well

The Peugeot RCZ is a great-looking, affordable alternative to the Audi TT and Volkswagen Scirocco. It’s fun to drive, particularly in 266bhp R guise, and its eye-catching design means it stands out for all the right reasons.

Pros
  • Good handling
  • Powerful R
  • Great looks
  • Some versions relatively economical
Cons
  • Useless rear seats
  • Tricky to get in and out