In the market for a flash and fast set of wheels? Don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill performance SUV. Go the whole hog and take your pick from a catalogue of gleaming sports cars.

There are so many sports cars for you to drool over and no two cars are the same, so it can be tricky to take your pick.

Really, with a sports car, you tend to focus less on practicality and more on how much power you can fire to the wheels.  But even if your number 1 priority is horsepower, there are likely other specs and extras that you’re looking for too.

2 seater or 4 seater? What safety or infotainment tech are must-haves? How comfy do you want your seats? And the brands! Lotus, Maserati, Audi, Aston Martin - there are a lot of manufacturers out there. If only someone could narrow the top picks into a handy list!

Coming up hot in the battle for the title of best sports car is the Porsche 911 Carrera. Of course number one on our list would be a Porsche. And this isn’t even their only entry, so you know that they know their stuff.

So many affordable sports cars are pinned against the 911. It’s superfast. It’s sophisticated. And it’s practical for everyday driving, which is a bonus if you don’t want to shell out on a second set of wheels for the more mundane daily activities.

The Porsche 911 Carrera is available in a bunch of trims: Carrera 4, Carrera S, Carrera 4S, and more. It has an incredibly impressive breadth of ability, powered by a fiery 3.0-litre petrol engine.

Ramping up to 62mph is achieved seamlessly in under 3.9 seconds and it manages a sound 25-28.5mpg which for a sportscar is nae bad. Its four-wheel drive promises enhanced security and steadiness when you’re running at top speed, meaning you don’t need to compromise on safety when you’re shredding the tarmac.

Pros:

  • Cool, steady handling.
  • It’s not too thirsty - decent fuel economy for a sports car.

Cons:

  • Cramped back seats. Don’t invite 3 friends along for a ride.
  • Being totally picky, the seats are a little firmer than other rides.

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Porsche 911 [991] Carrera Coupe

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 3.0 - 3.8
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 169 - 224g/km

From £1,119.89 Per Month

Initial Rental: £10,079.01 inc VAT
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Launched for the first time way back when in 1998, Audi have pushed their German engineering precision to the limits to craft the gorgeous modern-day third generation Audi TT. This revamp came just in time for the 20th anniversary of its first launch, so they had to make sure it was pretty special!

The Audi TT is available either as a 2+2 coupe or a 2 seat roadster. Think about whether you want to cram anyone in the backseat on a regular basis when making your choice.

Kitted out with iconic Audi features, like the Quattro All-Wheel Drive, Audi Virtual Cockpit and the Audi S Tronic Transmission, driving in a TT is dreamy. You’ll grip the tarmac like a limpet and steering is as easy as cutting through butter. 

It’s one of the best sports cars on the market, and you can really get your money’s worth for everyday driving too. With the TT, you can have the confidence that you’ll look cool, be safe, and be able to maximise on power.

Pros:

  • Looks incredibly suave.
  • The cabin is driver-focused and kitted out with top-spec tech.

Cons:

  • It’s really, really cramped back there. Kids only. Preferably small kids.

Its four-cylinder engine is eclipsed by V6-bearing competitors.

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Audi TT Coupe

34 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.2
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £291.58 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,498.96 inc VAT
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It’s such a close call between the Porsche Boxster and Cayman that we’ve rolled them into one here - the ultimate decision rests on your own personal preference.

This Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman is a great entry-level offering if you’re just dipping your toes into the waters of affordable sports cars.

It has a sturdy, effective 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo petrol engine which grants you somewhere in the region of 28.5 to 33.2mpg. For some, the four cylinder offering is a bone of contention, placing it a good step down from its 911 sibling. You can up your horsepower by opting for a different trim. The ordinary model is capable of 296bhp, but the S models are boosted up to 345bhp. Regardless, it reaches 62mph in under 5.3 seconds, yet still lagging behind some of its closest competitors.

Porsche are experts in grip and steering so, no surprises, the 718 is outstanding in both areas.

The Porsche 718 is up top with the greatest small sports cars, so if you’re looking for something more compact, this should make your shortlist.

Pros:

  • Agile handling.
  • Impressive quality of build - it’s beautiful.

Cons:

  • The engine isn’t as high-performing as competitors.
  • No room for your friends so you can’t show off.

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Porsche 718 Cayman Coupe

9 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 180 - 249g/km

From £562.30 Per Month

Initial Rental: £5,060.70 inc VAT
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Rivalling the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, the Audi R8 is definitely a powerful sports car that you can still use everyday. In the R8’s league, only the Porsche 911 pips it to the post in this respect.

Now, I know I said this is an affordable sports car roundup, and the R8 is not the cheapest of chips, but hear me out. It’s £125,445 to buy outright. But if you lease it, it’s £1,299.36 per month. Still not the easiest on the ol’ wallet, but if you’re dead set on the biggest and best of sports cars,  it’s definitely worth the (small-ish) investment. The R8 was just too good to leave off of our list.

Again, the R8 benefits from Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel-drive system, meaning you can really hit the horsepower hard. Its hefty 5.2-litre V10 engine puts it miles ahead of others on this list in terms of performance. Audi took a stand with the R8 when they included the V10 engine, giving them a stark point of differentiation on the market.

You’ve got a choice between the R8 Coupe or the R8 Spyder. Do you want to let the top down and feel the breeze through your hair as you make the most of its addictively powerful engine?

 

Even while you’re bumping up to top speeds, you can still enjoy a soft, smooth ride with optional adaptive suspension. It’s a spectacular set of wheels.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous and practical cabin design.
  • Rapid acceleration, revving up to 62mph in 3.5 seconds.

Cons:

  • Not as sharp to drive as some similar models.
  • It doesn’t have many recent advanced safety features, like adaptive cruise control.

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Audi R8 Coupe

3 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.2
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £1,636.67 Per Month

Initial Rental: £14,730.03 inc VAT
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Our next entrant on our roundup of the best affordable sports cars is the AMG GT, a compelling Mercedes-Benz offering.

Again, you have your pick of a coupe or roadster and a range of trims with varying horsepower. With the ordinary GT Roadster, you’ve got 469bhp, which is bumped up to 569bhp with the GT R trim.

With Mercedes, you’d expect absolute top-of-the-line performance and you won’t be disappointed with the AMG GT. Its 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine and lightweight aluminium space frame construction will see you whizzing down the road like you’ve been shot out of a canon. Expect to buzz up to 62mph in just 4 seconds.

The handling, however, is a bit on the stiff side. When you’re having to switch on the softest damper selection, you’ll quickly realise that it wasn’t exactly designed with our bumpy British roads in mind.

Mercedes haven’t got caught up in the sport and forgotten about the safety. The AMG GT is geared up with safety tech like active braking assist, adaptive highbeam assist and active distance assist. Whilst you’re safe, you’ll be a bit cramped. There’s really not a lot of space inside, so it is definitely purely a classic sports car, rather than also being a practical everyday runner.

Pros:

  • A top performer with an amazing engine.
  • Great aerodynamics to reach top speeds.

Cons:

  • Poor handling.
  • Lack of interior space.
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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe

12 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2 - 4
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 216 - 284g/km

From £1,498.07 Per Month

Initial Rental: £13,482.63 inc VAT
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BMW took inspiration from their 2 Series range, stripped it back, and crafted a sleek sports car: the BMW M2.

Available only in coupe style, and only as the “M2 Competition” model in Britain, it’s not for you if you are just dying to crank that roof down on a hot summer’s day.

The previous incarnation of the BMW M2 has been drastically revamped in this edition, kitted out with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight six cylinder petrol engine. BMW has given the chassis some much needed TLC, sharpening the suspension, giving you more control. This is only enhanced by its rear-wheel drive.

You’ll reach 62mph in a measly 4.4 seconds - the improved turbo in the BMW M2 Competition helps it to stand out in its class of performance cars, allowing you to work it to its potential.

Pros:

  • Fantastic stability control.
  • Practical for daily use for 2 passengers.

Cons:

  • It’s a bit cramped.
  • Short gears so fuel economy suffers.

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BMW M2 Coupe

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 185 - 238g/km

From £488.98 Per Month

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When you think about the Juke, the Leaf, and the Qashqai, Nissan doesn’t exactly scream “sports cars manufacturer”. But they’ve made it on to this list with the stunning Nissan GT-R.

Previous versions of the GT-R were heavily criticised for their lack of refinement so Nissan have pulled out all the stops to improve the performance, control, and comfort of this set of wheels to stake their claim to membership of the sports car club.

The GT-R has a 3.8-litre petrol engine, capable of 62mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds, outstripping many other cars in this roundup. The agile four-wheel drive, light chassis, and wide tyres give you great gripping strength for smooth handling.

It’s not as efficient as most, capable of only around 12.5 to 23.7mpg, but it’s packed with driver assist systems to make the driving experience cleaner.

Pros:

  • It’s fast. Very fast. It can steam up to 150mph in a few seconds.
  • The driver assist tech gives you more bang for your buck than other high-end sports cars.

Cons:

  • Poor fuel economy means higher running costs.
  • The interior is nice, but it’s a little bit old-fashioned.
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Nissan GT-R Coupe

5 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.8
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 275 - 325g/km

From £1,165.24 Per Month

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When you’re looking for a sports car, you want something that will turn heads. Something that will have people reaching for their phones to snap up pictures as you whizz by. Well, you definitely have that with this Mazda offering.

The most recent update has seriously raised it on a platform above its predecessor. The design has been much better thought out, leaving you with a shorter, lighter, and roomier vehicle.

The Mazda MX-5 is one of the best small sports cars on the market, the supercar rival to a sea of hot hatchbacks. It’s a bit slower than other sports cars - its 2.0-litre engine takes almost 8.5 seconds to reach 62mph but it does give you 40 to 44.8mph, so it’s pretty fuel efficient.

Overall, it’s got great handling and offers an enjoyable, speedy ride, perfect if you’re looking for something that packs a punch but doesn’t cost the earth.

Pros:

  • Great fuel economy, so it’s relatively inexpensive to run.
  • Reputation for reliability.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have as punchy an engine as other sports cars.
  • Teeny boot space.

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Mazda Mx-5 Convertible

8 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £243.64 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,192.76 inc VAT
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At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the BRZ for a Toyota GT86. Subaru did in fact team up with Toyota to bring you the BRZ, one of the most wallet-friendly cheap sports cars around.

2.0-litre flat-four front petrol engine. Rear-wheel drive. Manual or automatic transmission. The Subaru BRZ is a neat coupe which goes back to basics: giving you a thrilling drive.

When you pin it against other cars in the roundup, its interior is somewhat lacking, but perhaps that was intentional. Strip back all the gadgets and gizmos and focus on the driving itself. It comfortably seats two people, but if you try and cram another two in there, they better be kids.

The low running costs and low initial price tag have secured the Subaru BRZ a spot in this roundup and you’ll still get that supercar feel when you’re behind the wheel.

Pros:

  • It’s cheap, cheap, cheap.
  • Surprisingly comfortable interior.

Cons:

  • It’s not as powerful as other sports cars.
  • The cabin is quite dated.

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Subaru BRZ Coupe

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 164 - 196g/km

From £372.91 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,356.19 inc VAT
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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of those rare 4-seater sports cars making it ideal if you need to tow your kids along but you don’t want to settle for a Volvo or a Renault. Alfa Romeo fans are complete loyalists so there’s a good chance that, if you’re an Alfa fan, you’ve been scrolling down this list to find their name.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio has left the original Giulia in the dust, starkly positioned as a powerful performance saloon. It has a 503bhp twin turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine, can reach 62mph in 3.9 seconds, and it has terrific handling. Reaching a bumpy stretch of the road? Flip on the softer damping control and you’ll barely feel a thing.

Alfa Romeo have transformed the Guilia, not only aesthetically but performance-wise. It’s a fantastic machine, perfect for those seeking that authentic Italian design.

Pros:

  • Great rear passenger space - a sports car rarity!
  • Great handling.

Cons:

  • Interior design is disappointing for Italians known for their styling.
  • Infotainment not as up-to-date as it could be.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Saloon

10 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.9
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 109 - 206g/km

From £314.41 Per Month

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Here’s one for the eco-conscious drivers amongst you - you can still experience the thrill of a super sports car without destroying the ozone layer. In steps the Honda NSX - a hybrid!

Honda have paired a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine with 3 electric motors in this model. The clever hybrid system can shut off the petrol engine when you’re cruising or driving at low speeds. The hybrid tech however isn’t great when, as with all sports cars, it comes to the inevitable stamp down on the accelerator.

By the way, it reaches 62mph in just 3 seconds.

You can switch between driving modes with a simple dashboard switch. Take your pick of Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track. Quiet prioritises the electric engine when you’re in the suburbs and sport+ massively sharpens the engine’s response.

Other sports cars on this list have been designed to be light and speed but the Honda NSX is pretty heavy. At around 1800kg, it’s a stonking 300kg heavier than most others here.

Pros:

  • Impressive horsepower.
  • It’s a step towards greener sports car ownership.

Cons:

  • The interior feels quite cheap and clunky.

It’s a Honda... and they make the Honda Jazz. And lawn mowers.

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Honda NSX Coupe

1 derivative available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 3.0 - 3.5
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 228 - 291g/km

From £2,301.94 Per Month

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Why did these sports cars make the cut?

Manufacturers are churning out cooler sports cars every year to meet changing tastes and trends. When we were composing this list, we were thinking about price, comfort, performance, and practicality.

The cars on this list have snapped up a place on our roundup because:

  • They can go fast. Very fast.
  • They’re big, reliable names.
  • They’re affordable to lease.

Advice for picking cheap sports cars

Sports cars can be quite the investment, but with this list of the best affordable sports cars, we hope we’ve steered you away from burning a load of cash on a substandard set of wheels.

These supercars can vary so dramatically between manufacturers. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for before locking yourself into a lease will set you up for success. It’s all about striking that perfect balance between your needs and wants.

So, decide whether you want to tow the family around in the sports car or if it’s just for fun. Do you want the top up or down? And do you want something that will hit 100 in under 10 seconds, or something that can manage more than a few miles before emptying its tank?

See something you like on our list? Take a deeper dive and look at the masses of deals we have for each model on LeaseFetcher.