Best cars with a V8 engine

We’ve rounded up some of the best value cars - from sports cars to estate cars and SUVs - with V8 engines on BuyaCar. They sound great

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 11, 2021

If you want a car that offers serious punch and a throbbing engine note that makes it seriously satisfying to drive, nothing compares to a car with a V8 engine. Whether it’s the evocative soundtrack or the punchy performance, a car with a V8 engine under the bonnet is likely to top many people’s fantasy shopping list.

Not that owning a car with a V8 engine needs to be a fantasy. While we’re not going to pretend that purchasing or running a V8 performance car or SUV will be as cheap as running a humble city car, living the dream might be more accessible than you think.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars with V8 engines, all of which are available via BuyaCar. Order one of these online and you'll benefit from a 14-day money-back guarantee, delivery to your door, and low-rate finance. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: your V8 car awaits.

Best cars with V8 engines

1. Ford Mustang

Used deals from £33,143
Monthly finance from £427*

We had to start with the Ford Mustang. For the first time in history, the latest version of the all-American working-class hero is now available in the UK with the steering wheel on the right-hand side. It’s a large slice of Americana with a small price tag. And that oh-so-satisfying V8 engine.

You could get the cheaper 2.3-litre EcoBoost version, but the fact that you’re here suggests that you’re only after one thing: V8 power. We don’t blame you; the Mustang is as fast as it looks in 5.0-litre V8 form, blending quick acceleration with a thunderous soundtrack to deliver more theatre than a six-figure supercar.

Are there any drawbacks? Well, the interior isn’t up to the upmarket standards of the best European coupes and the fuel economy is low enough for you to see a lot of your local petrol station if you rack up the miles, but it’s all worth it. For cheap(ish) V8 fun, nothing comes close.

FORD MUSTANG BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Jaguar F-Type

Used deals from £61,990
Monthly finance from £714*

The Jaguar F-Type is a uniquely British take on the Mustang formula. Like the Ford, it’s offered as a coupe or convertible, and while four- and six-cylinder versions are available, we’re here to extol the benefits of the supercharged V8, which sounds superb and makes it one rapid machine.

All versions of the F-Type V8 come with four-wheel drive to deliver impressive all-weather performance, making this a less lairy choice than the Mustang, which powers only its rear wheels. Not that it’s slow; 550hp is the kind of power figure you’d associate with a supercar.

For the ultimate experience, opt for the R and SVR models. An extra 25hp increases the top speed to 200mph and boosts acceleration to big-money supercar territory. A significant update in 2020 reworked the styling, improved the media display and tweaked the ride and handling, so if you want the most up-to-date F-Type, going for a post-2020 model is a wise move.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Range Rover

Used deals from £41,100
Monthly finance from £731*

The Range Rover gives you a choice of V8s: diesel and supercharged petrol ones. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the 4.4-litre 'SDV8' diesel, because it’s arguably the best all-rounder. It makes light work of powering this large and luxurious SUV, which boasts the acceleration of a Golf GTI hot hatchback.

It’s as quiet as the V8 petrol on the move, with the added benefit of better fuel economy, too. Don’t get too excited: you shouldn’t expect to achieve much more than 25mpg, so if economy isn’t a priority, you may want to go all out and opt for the V8 petrol.

The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 turns the Range Rover into a rocket-powered five-star hotel room, with opulence and grin-inducing performance combining with impressive (and amusing) results. There are few cars that offer this much speed and comfort.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Audi RS6 Avant

Used deals from £53,995
Monthly finance from £959*

The previous-generation Audi RS6 Avant was on sale from 2013 until 2019, and while it’s not the cheapest estate car you can buy, it’s one of the fastest. Then again, you’d expect a car with a 4.0-litre V8 engine to be pretty quick.

Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system provides all the grip you could ever need, while the air suspension delivers stability through corners and comfort on the straights. The V8 engine delivers around 500hp in standard guise or around 600hp with the optional Performance Pack. Suffice it to say, both are extremely quick.

It may cost a lot of money, but the RS6 is a huge amount of car for the cash, with 2016 models offering savings of up to £50,000 compared with the new price. The huge 565-litre boot means your dog - or dogs - can come along for the ride, too; the RS6 is a performance car and an estate car. Look at it that way, and the RS6 gives you two cars for the price of one.

2011-2019 AUDI A6 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. BMW M5

Used deals from £28,200
Monthly finance from £609*

What if we told you it was possible to get a BMW M5 for the price of a new Ford Focus? Would you be interested? Of course you would, because the M5 is one of the best performance cars on the planet. Still want that Focus?

We’re talking about the previous 'F10' generation M5, rather than the current model, but don’t feel like you’re missing out. Power in the old M5 is sent to the rear wheels, which is more in keeping with the spirit of BMW’s performance models, making this a fast and exciting car to drive.

It feels as agile as a small hatchback, with power coming from a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8. In standard guise, it’s quick enough to rival the world’s best sports cars; in Competition Edition guise, it’s fast enough to compete with £100,000+ supercars.

2010-2017 BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mercedes-AMG C63

Used deals from £36,995
Monthly finance from £616*

Available as a saloon, convertible, coupe and estate, the four versions of the Mercedes-AMG C63 share one thing in common: a fantastic 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine. Amazingly, you can expect to achieve around 35mpg if you drive it very gently, so your fuel bills shouldn't be too steep.

It’s best to look at the C63 as a practical car with the performance of a Porsche 911. The saloon and estate offer the largest amount of space and the most flexibility, while the coupe and convertible deliver some added style. The C63 saloon is likely to be the most affordable, with BuyaCar prices starting from around the same price as a new Ford Focus, giving you a newer alternative to the BMW M5 above.

You also benefit from one of the nicest interiors in the business, and while the exterior styling is only subtly different to the regular C-Class, this is still a stylish machine, with enough visual clues to show that this is a mightily quick machine, if you know where to look.

MERCEDES C-CLASS SALOON / ESTATE / COUPE / CABRIOLET BUYERS' GUIDES

7. Range Rover Sport SVR

Used deals from £59,232
Monthly finance from £1,001*

Fancy pushing the V8 boat out? We have a couple of options if you don’t mind splashing a little extra cash. The Range Rover Sport SVR is our first money-no-object choice. Power is sourced from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which produces the kind of performance you’d associate with a supercar. The difference is that this one can waft along the motorway in supreme comfort or even head off-road, should you wish.

In fact, the SVR formerly held the lap record for an SUV at the fearsome Nurburgring race track in Germany. Even if you’re not interested in track times and racing, it demonstrates the formidable pace of this luxury SUV.

New, you would have had to spend around £100,000 to get a Range Rover Sport SVR, but BuyaCar prices start from less than £60,000. That’s an incredible saving for a performance SUV, so while it's not the cheapest option, seriously speedy SUVs don't come much cheaper.

RANGE ROVER SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Bentley Flying Spur

Used deals from £81,895
Monthly finance from £1,176*

Yes, we’re really stretching the definition of ‘cheap’. Still, it doesn’t cost anything to do a little window shopping, so there’s no harm in looking. A 2016 Bentley Flying Spur would have cost you at least £135,000 when it was new, but BuyaCar prices start from around £70,000. That makes it practically half-price.

That means that somebody else has paid the first half of the Flying Spur's cost, so you can enjoy the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine without worrying too much about the 20mpg fuel economy you’re likely to see in the real world.

Few cars offer such a compelling blend of luxury, style and performance. If a Bentley is good enough for many a Premier League footballer, it’s good enough for us.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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