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The definitive ranking of the best and worst performance cars on sale in the UK

This is the definitive ranking of the best and worst performance cars on sale in the UK.

How can we make such a bold claim? Because this list isn’t just based on our opinion. We’ve compiled and analysed more than 15,000 new car reviews from 35 of the UK’s top motoring titles to produce our Expert Rating Index.

Why rely on one person’s opinion when you can have all of the top reviews gathered together in one place?

Ferrari 296

A supercar that's more eco-friendly but no less ferocious, the Ferrari 296 is a 819hp plug-in hybrid and the Italian brand's first modern V6 model.

Porsche 911 GT3

A rewarding track-focused coupé with class-leading driving dynamics, the Porsche 911 GT3 is a real reviewer favourite that is hard to fault.

Porsche 911

The new Porsche 911 has received consistently outstanding scores from the UK media, and is considered a big step forward from the last model.

Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris has received universal praise from UK reviews for its performance and handling, and has won a host of awards.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is one of the most impressive all-electric motoring packages money can buy, praised for both practicality and performance.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Ferrari 812 Superfast has received mostly outstanding media reviews, with praise for its performance and comfort.

McLaren 765LT

The seriously potent McLaren 765LT is described by many as the best supercar in McLaren's modern catalogue, with sharp driving dynamics and blistering pace.

Honda Civic Type R

Like its predecessor, the latest Honda Civic Type R has been earmarked as one of the best hot hatches around, despite its hefty price tag.

Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with plenty of praise for its driving dynamics and overall performance.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has been universally praised, with many UK reviewers rating it more highly than the benchmark BMW M3.

Ferrari Roma

The Ferrari Roma mostly succeeds in ticking two different boxes – comfortable long-distance touring in a car with blistering pace.


Supercar performance with a saloon silhouette, the BMW M5 is a supremely fast performance car that is both practical and comfortable.

Toyota GR86

The Toyota GR86 is one of the most exciting and affordable options on the sports car market, but rivals have more interior quality.

Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta ST has received many outstanding media reviews, several awards and holds an outstanding Expert Rating of 88%.

Porsche 718 Cayman

The Porsche 718 Cayman is an exemplary handling sports car with potent power too, and to many is the most complete Porsche.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster has received very good media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics but criticism for its new four-cylinder engines.

Aston Martin DB12

Improving on its predecessor, the Aston Martin DB12 offers a convincing blend of performance and comfort that rivals the best in its class.

Hyundai i20 N

Singled out at the Ford Fiesta ST's closest rival to date, the Hyundai i20 N is a very talented small hot hatch that is serious fun to drive.

Alpine A110

The Alpine A110 has received many positive reviews from the UK media, and has won several awards, with unanimous praise for its driving dynamics.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has been universally acclaimed by the UK motoring media, with many outstanding review scores and award wins every year since it was launched.

Aston Martin DBS

The Aston Martin DBS is a supremely powerful flagship GT with a price to match – but is it actually too fast?


The new 2021 BMW M4 is incredibly powerful but equally flexible, but the front-end styling is dividing opinion among reviewers.


Exciting yet focused, the BMW M3 is regarded as one of the best sports saloons money can buy and more than lives up to its famous name.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is astoundingly powerful and seriously good-looking, but reviewers conclude that it lacks the finesse of its mid-engined siblings.

Audi R8

The Audi R8 tops desirability lists for many performance fans, but is it actually too sensible to be a proper supercar?

Maserati MC20

The Maserati MC20 has burst onto the supercar scene with the driving dynamics and straight-line performance to challenge any rivals.

Audi e-tron GT

Both a relative and a rival of the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT is an electric sports saloon that combines performance and luxury.

Audi RS 6

A fast five-door estate that is both comfortable and quiet, the Audi RS 6 has received very favourable reviews, but it doesn't come cheap.

Mercedes-AMG A 45

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 holds the accolade of being the most powerful hot hatch currently in production, but its price tag is as eye-watering as its pace.

Lamborghini Huracán

The Lamborghini Huracán range has received very good media reviews, although not to the same level as its rivals from Ferrari and McLaren.

McLaren Artura

The McLaren Artura is the company's new entry-level supercar and first plug-in hybrid, offering improved levels of performance and comfort.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has been a pioneer for electric cars, single-handedly changing the perception of EVs having poor performance and range.


Reviewers agree that the second-generation BMW M2 is certainly an exhilarating performance package, but is it as charming as its predecessor?

Porsche 911 Turbo

Faster and more involving than ever before, the Porsche 911 Turbo is more capable than its predecessors, but criticisms of its ride comfort remain.

Hyundai i30 N

The Hyundai i30 N offers plentiful performance in a practical package, making it a serious alternative to better-known hot family hatches.

BMW 2 Series Coupé

Fast, fun and refined inside, reviewers agree that the 2 Series Coupé is a great showcase of BMW’s abilities, though space is limited in the rear.

Lamborghini Aventador

Available in coupé and targa-top form, the Lamborghini Aventador is a mid-engined supercar notable for its "outrageous" looks and pace.

Audi RS e-tron GT

The Audi RS e-tron GT offers even more power and pace than the fast e-tron GT, but is this performance boost worth the higher price tag?

Audi TT

The Audi TT has long been a style icon, but the third-generation version has much improved driving dynamics to match it looks.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

A performance-enhanced saloon and estate, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 offers serious pace for an eye-watering price tag.

Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé

With its distinctive looks and energetic performance, the Mercedes-AMG GT is certainly an exciting sports car, although not the most agile.

Aston Martin Vantage

The Aston Martin Vantage has received positive media reviews and much praise, although not quite to the same rapturous degree as the latest Porsche 911.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door

Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door is an extravagant luxury liftback with sports car pace and a lavish interior, but quality like this comes at a big cost.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

With muscular looks and an alluring V8 soundtrack, the GT Roadster is a pacy drop-top with plenty of charisma, but its coupé sibling has better handling.

Lexus LC

The Lexus LC earns wide praise as a coupe bordering supercar territory, though for the full effect the hybrid cannot compete with the V8.

Toyota GR Supra

The Toyota GR Supra has received consistently positive reviews and, based on review scores so far, appears to be the very definition of a 'four-star car'.

Ferrari Portofino

The Ferrari Portofino has received positive reviews from UK media sources, although the scores have not been as high as one might expect for a Ferrari.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Ford Focus ST

The Ford Focus ST is a true hot hatch – or estate with potent engines and sporty handling, but rivals offer more for less money.

Audi RS 3

The Audi RS 3 is rapid hyper-hatch and sports saloon model, highlighted for its impressive performance as much as its expensive price.

Volkswagen Golf R

With more power for a higher price, the Volkswagen Golf R is the German brand's fastest hatchback yet, but rivals are more involving.

Cupra Leon

The Cupra Leon is a hotter-hatch version of the SEAT Leon. It borrows heavily from the VW Golf GTI, but doesn't quite hit the same level.

McLaren GT

The McLaren GT is the brand’s first grand tourer, but it's very different to most luxury GTs – which has both positive and negative results.

Mini hatch John Cooper Works

The Mini hatch John Cooper Works has the pace to keep up with larger hot hatches, but its price is rather steep for a car of this size.

Lotus Emira

Reviewers agree that the Emira coupé is a big leap forward for the Lotus brand, with impressive driving dynamics and a high-quality interior.

Audi RS 4

An estate car that is fearssomely quick and highly practical, reviewers agree the Audi RS 4 is a superb package, despite high running costs.

Volkswagen Up GTI

The Volkswagen Up GTI is a fun bite-sized hot hatch which has recieved acclaim as a value-for-money package, but no infotainment is included.

Abarth 500e

The all-electric Abarth 500e is a nimble performance-enhanced city car with sporty looks and character, but its petrol siblings are faster.

Audi RS 7

The Audi RS 7 is a lavish sports saloon that offers supercar pace, but it's overshadowed by its more practical RS 6 estate sibling.