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Top Gear's top five junior sports cars

  1. Subaru BRZ

    £24,995, 200bhp, 151lb ft, 0-62mph 7.6secs, vmax 130mph, 36.2mpg, CO2 181g/km

    Modest but revvy power, rear-wheel-drive and a decent manual ‘box make for one of the most complete fun-per-£ cars of the modern age.

    Read the full verdict here

  2. Toyota GT86

    £24,995, 200bhp, 151lb ft, 0-62mph 7.6secs, vmax 130mph, 36.mpg, C)2 181g/km

    The Toyota twin of the BRZ, except imported in higher numbers. This a modern version of an Escort Mexico, except Japanese and reliable.

    Read the full verdict here

  3. BMW M135i

    £29,995, 320bhp, 332lb ft, 0-62mph 5.1secs, vmax 155mph, 35.3mpg, CO2 189g/km

    Incredible value, incredible performance, slightly anonymous looks. Quite possibly the very best car BMW makes at the moment.

    Read the full verdict here

  4. Mazda MX-5

    £18,495, 126bhp, 123lb ft, 0-62mph 9.9secs, vmax 121mph, 39.8mpg, CO2 167g/km

    Getting slightly geriatric these days, but still the car that spawned many imitators. A great way to learn how to handle a RWD chassis.

    Read the full verdict here

  5. Honda CR-Z

    £20,550, 137bhp, 140lb ft, 0-62mph 9.1secs, vmax 124mph, 56.5mpg, CO2 116g/km

    Odd choice - this being a FWD hybrid - but decent chassis balance and fun handling versus real-world economy make it worth a punt.

    Read the full verdict here

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