Small cars have always been dubbed as superior when it comes to sports cars, thanks to their compactness and lightness which helps them to be speedy and nimble, meaning they can work their way around the track with immeasurable precision and accuracy.

Therefore it’s no surprise that so many car manufacturers create sports versions of their most dynamic and popular small cars, to bring the excitement and thrill of track driving into the mix of every day driving.

We’ve taken a look at 5 of the best sport versions of small cars to show you that you don’t need a big garage space to have a thrilling ride, and you don’t always even need a big wallet to afford one, either!

1. 2014 MINI Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works

A pretty long winded name for such a compact car, the MINI Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works is so small it doesn’t even have a backseat. Though, owners tend not to find this such a problem, as it’s not a car that’s usually chosen for its practicality factors.

According to the website, it ‘looks fast even when standing still, thanks to features including Cross Spoke Challenge allow wheels, black radiator grille and special aerodynamic kit.’

2. Fiat 500 Sport

The Fiat 500 is a car we’re starting to see more and more of on the road, and with the Fiat 500 sport now introduced, we’ll soon be seeing more of it in the fast lane too. The Abarth 500 Custom is a winning blend of style and performance, enhanced with new technology and customisation options.

The satin steel rear exhaust trim adds impact and style to the car, with new colours offering an upgraded customisation experience, so you’ll have no trouble picking yours out from the crowd. You can also enjoy ‘New instrument panel with 7” digital display and TFT technology as standard’ and ‘a multipurpose backlit dual mode colour display that all Abarth enthusiasts will love.’

3. Ford Focus ST

Set to enhance the Ford Focus experience even further, the new Ford Focus ST ‘incorporates a new technology called Electronic Transitional Stability (part of the advanced three-stage ESP programme). By sensing vehicle stability and driver inputs, the system can react and respond to help you maintain precision and control when changing lanes, or overtaking.’ Therefore it’s not only efficient when driving on the track; it’s also efficient and practical enough for every day driving.

4. 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Still my favourite small car (I used to have a MX5 Mark 1), no list of compact sports versions of small cars would be complete without the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and it has a staying power in this category that few of its rivals can match. It may be due to the intense attention to detail that goes into each and every vehicle – ‘Mazda engineers took into account every bolt, wire and upholstery stitch to achieve near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution and handling that seems to anticipate the driver’s every move.’

5. VW Golf R

Renowned for making cars with an eye-catching design and quality that is hard to beat, the VW Golf R is no exception to the VW Golf’s before it. The levels of luxury just got turned up a notch with this model in particular, as it boasts a leather multi-functioning steering wheel and 18” ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels.

It also has one of the best engines in terms of efficiency and performance, and you can read more about it on their official website here.


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