Best fun cars

If your current vehicle lacks excitement, here are eight cars that’ll put the fun back into your daily commute. Smiles are guaranteed

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 22, 2022
Ford Fiesta front three quarters view

Studies show that the average driver spends nine hours per week behind the wheel of a car, which is far too long to be driving something boring. It doesn’t matter whether your daily commute is a short drive through the city or a longer journey along country roads, why not find yourself a fun car to make this time more enjoyable?

The likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche are all well and good, but you’ll only be able to use a fraction of these cars’ abilities on our congested and speed camera-controlled roads. No, what you need is something smaller, more affordable and with the ability to put a smile on your face at speeds within the legal limit.

You’ve may have read our guide to the cheapest fun cars, so here we’ve selected a broader choice of eight fun cars available to order via BuyaCar - from affordable city cars to sporty convertibles and go-anywhere off-roaders. So, whatever type of car you're after, keep reading for some fun options. Life’s too short to drive boring cars…

Best fun cars

1. Skoda Citigo

Used deals from £6,000
Monthly finance from £0*

The Volkswagen Up GTI is a fabulous high-performance city car, but to borrow a phrase from Chris Tarrant, we don’t want to give you that. Besides, we listed it on our list of the cheapest fun cars. If you'd like something similarly fun around town but cheaper still, this is a great option.

It’s called the Skoda Citigo, and it’s closely related to the Volkswagen Up city car. One advantage of buying the Citigo over the Up is the price, with the Skoda undercutting the VW on the used car market. No, it's not quick, but if you mainly stick to slower roads it could still be a good choice.

Power is sourced from a choice of 60hp and 75hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, both of which provide nippy acceleration at lower speeds. They’re also surprisingly good on a long journey; this is a city car that feels at home on a motorway. Choose the Monte Carlo edition for lowered suspension and a sporty makeover.

SKODA CITIGO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny front view off-roading

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Even if your daily commute doesn’t involve the fording of streams and the climbing of mountains, you’ll love the Suzuki Jimny. Thanks to its cute styling and formidable off-road ability, this little 4x4 is one of the most fashionable cars you can get.

It can venture further off-road than the vast majority of crossovers and small SUVs you may be looking at, so it’s best to view the Jimny as a more compact and affordable alternative to tough cars like the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes G-Class. It really is that good.

Unlike Jimny models of old, this latest version is pretty good to drive on paved roads, while the 210mm ground clearance means potholes become one less thing to worry about. Buy a Jimny in Kinetic Yellow to really stand out from the crowd. Whatever the colour, be prepared to outshine supercars and expensive SUVs in the gym car park.

SUZUKI JIMNY BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Abarth 595

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As the styling suggests, the Abarth 595 is based on the hugely popular Fiat 500 city car but with the fun factor turned up to 11. It’s all thanks to the more powerful engine, stiffer suspension, sports exhaust and racy styling makeover. It’s essentially a Fiat 500 with more attitude.

This little slice of Italian exotica is fun to drive at any speed, so don’t rule out the entry-level 595. All versions are powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, with varying degrees of performance, depending on the model. Our pick would be the 595 Competizione, not least for its more powerful engine and sonorous Record Monza exhaust system.

It’ll sprint to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds, which is very quick for this size of car, but that’s only half the story, because the exhaust pops, belches, burps and bangs as you make progress, with the sound echoing off buildings and walls. It’s little wonder so many supercar owners have an Abarth 595 in their collection - it really is an exciting, characterful machine.

ABARTH 595 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Honda e

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An increasing number of motorists are switching to electric cars as the country prepares for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. The choice of electric vehicles has never been greater, but you’ll struggle to find one as adorable as the Honda e. Forget driving it, you’ll want to invite it in from the cold and give it a place on your sofa.

Charming, chic and characterful are three words we’d use to describe the Honda e. It somehow manages to blend retro cool with a futuristic vibe, with a ‘face’ you can’t help but love. It’s even better on the inside, where you’ll find a total of six screens, including a pair of six-inch displays. You can even turn the dashboard into a virtual aquarium when the car is stationary.

Its 35.5kWh battery delivers 137 miles of electric range per charge, which is probably enough if you intend to spend most of your time in the city shopping for virtual fish food. Thanks to 50kW rapid charging, an 80% charge takes around 30 minutes. Time you can spend watching the fish.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HONDA E

5. Ford Fiesta ST-Line

Used deals from £9,995
Monthly finance from £208*

The Ford Fiesta ST is the best affordable hot hatch of the modern era, so why hasn’t it made our list of the best fun cars? Quite simply because you don’t need the ST to have fun in a Ford Fiesta. Even the basic model is more enjoyable to drive than any other supermini - whether you're bumbling around town or winding along a scenic country road.

We’ve selected the popular ST-Line trim because you get the ST styling without the ST running costs. Highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, a rear spoiler, revised front and rear bumpers, sports seats, stainless steel pedals and keyless start.

The 1.0-litre 'EcoBoost' turbocharged petrol engine range is available with 100hp, 125hp and 140hp outputs, each one delivering a terrific balance of performance and fuel economy. Anything between 40mpg and 45mpg fuel economy is achievable - which means your fuel bills should be relatively low - providing you’re not having too much fun.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Fiat 124 Spider

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Car enthusiasts will tell you that the Mazda MX-5 is the best affordable sports car on the planet. They’ll also tell you that some of the best supercars are built in Italy. With the Fiat 124 Spider, you get the best of both worlds.

It might wear a Fiat badge, but it was built alongside the Mazda MX-5 in Japan using many parts shared with its Japanese sibling. The two notable differences are the styling and the engine, with the 124 Spider powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine - rather than the MX-5’s non-turbocharged units - offering greater punch from low engine speeds.

It’s more affordable than the Mazda MX-5, with used prices starting at less than the price of a new Dacia Sandero. For that, you get a chic Italian body, a long list of standard equipment and the perfect riposte to anyone who bores you with tales of the MX-5’s greatness.

FIAT 124 SPIDER BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Chances are that many of your friends probably drive a crossover or SUV of some description. They may like the high driving position, practicality and low running costs. But what if you fancy all of that with the ability to lower the roof. Short of buying an angle grinder, your choices are limited, but the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet could be the answer.

It’s based on the excellent T-Roc SUV but comes with a fabric roof you can lower in nine seconds, at speeds of up to 19mph. Perfect for when you’re caught in a sudden downpour and you don’t want to mess up your hair.

It’s a four-seater, so won't work for you if you regularly need space for five, but although the boot is smaller than the standard T-Roc, it’s fine for a weekly shop or a couple of overnight bags. As an alternative to an impractical sports car or a small convertible, the T-Roc Cabriolet is certainly worth a look.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Jeep Wrangler

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We end with a bit of a wildcard because the Jeep Wrangler is arguably more suited to drivers in West Coast America than it is to motorists in West London, Weston-super-Mare and West Lothian. It’s a vehicle for high days and holidays.

The generation of Wrangler we’ve chosen was on sale from 2007 until 2018, and although it wasn’t a big seller, there are plenty to choose from on BuyaCar. It’s almost unstoppable when off-roading, so it’s ideal for adventurers and explorers.

Two- and four-door versions are available, along with a choice of Sahara, Overland and Rubicon trim levels. The 2.8-litre diesel is fine for most drivers, but the 3.6-litre six-cylinder petrol engine would be our choice as it’s quicker, smoother and quieter. Have fun!

JEEP WRANGLER BUYERS' GUIDE

*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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