Best four-seat sports cars

Don't let a family spoil the fun: these are the best four-seat sports cars

BuyaCar team
Jul 30, 2020

It’s the driving dream: the setting sun, a rugged mountain and a winding road, looping ahead of you and a friend in a gleaming new sports car. That's all very well if it's just the two of you, but what if you have more than one friend? Or even children? 

Good news, that picturesque vision isn't restricted to just couples and hermits. You could get yourself a four-seat sports car and bring along the family, too. They offer all the performance and excitement you would expect from a racy coupe while sacrificing little in terms of looks, but with the added bonus of two extra seats and in some cases reasonable boot space.

But we wouldn't go so far as to call them practical, you'll still only have two doors and there's only really enough headroom in the back for small to medium sized children - you certainly wouldn't want to squeeze two teenagers in the back. But if it's family thrills you're after, there really is no better alternative, and if you do ever get a chance to head out by yourself you can be sure they'll deliver every bit as much fun as an all-out coupe.

Unfortunately, none of the cars on offer here can be considered cheap, but that comes with the territory. If you're looking for something more affordable, opting for a hot hatch would offer a worthy alternative. If you've got the cash to splash though, read on for our pick of the best four-seat sports cars you can buy.

Best four-seat sports cars

Audi TT

Best four-seat sports car for compact dimensions

Our pick Audi TT 2.0 TDi Ultra Sport
Used Audi TT deals from £11,199
Monthly finance from £204
0-62mph
7.1 seconds
Top speed 150mph

It might have four seats, but that doesn’t seem to have compromised the design of the Audi TT: it looks, every inch, a compact, curved and sporty car. It drives like one too: changing direction with agility and gripping strongly through high-speed corners.

Inside, it’s surprisingly roomy from the front seats, and feels solidly built too. It’s only when you turn your head to look behind, that the price of shoehorning four seats into such a small car becomes apparent. The TT a type of car that manufacturers call a two-plus-two. The “plus-two” rear seats are cramped, small and uncomfortable, so adults won’t want to sit there for very long at all, while headroom is limited because of the curved roof that slopes down to the bootlid.

Behind those seats is a fairly small 305-litre boot too, so weekends away are likely to be limited to two.

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BMW i8

Best four-seat sports car for green performance

Our pick BMW i8
Used BMW i8 deals from £45,000
Monthly finance from £756
0-62mph
4.4 seconds
Top speed 155mph

Underneath its futuristic design, the BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid, powered by a small petrol engine and an electric motor whose batteries can be recharged as the car drives along, or from an external plug socket. Power from engine and motor can be combined for instant and swift performance, or used in a more economical setting, which helps to make the car cheap to run - for a sports car - once you’ve dealt with the £100,000 purchase price.

It’s fast in a straight line; sharp and reactive when cornering and has a design that can stop traffic. It might have four seats, but the i8 is no people carrier. The rear is extremely cramped, with space for no more than two very small children. Getting in there is a bit of struggle, too, because of the upwards-opening butterfly doors.

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BMW 6 Series

Best four-seat sports car for luxury

Our pick BMW 640d SE
Used BMW 6 Series deals from £16,950
Monthly finance from £311
0-62mph
5.3 seconds
Top speed 155mph

BMW’s 6 Series is the most practical sports car on this page, with good head and legroom for occupants in the front and back. That’s a good thing, because the heavy and hefty 6-Series is most at home on long motorway journeys, so if you’re in the back, you could be there for a while.

The car’s weight doesn’t prevent it from feeling nimble in corners, but its responsiveness and stability comes at the expense of comfort: you’ll feel the bumps of potholed roads as it crashes over them.

The 6 Series has a 460-litre boot, which is more than enough for a few well-packed suitcases. Build quality is exceptionally high and the 640d is not only powerful but also has a surprisingly high official fuel economy rating of 52.3mpg - knock at least 10mpg off for a real-world figure, and more if you want top make the most of its performance.

Ford Mustang

Best four-seat sports car for affordable power

Our pick Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Fastback
Used Ford Mustang deals from £23,495
Monthly finance from £334
0-62mph
4.8 seconds
Top speed 155mph

It’s more of a brute than a low, sleek sports car, but the Ford Mustang isn’t just about power and noise. The American muscle car is fun to drive on country roads too: soaking up bumps to keep the car stable and ready to change direction with a twitch of the steering wheel.

Four can share in the fun, thanks to rear seats that are spacious as most sports cars go, but still a little cramped. The boot is big, but this is no sensible machine: pick the most powerful V8 version and you’ll be making regular visits to the petrol station. Fuel economy is 20mpg at best.

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Lotus Evora

Best four-seat sports car for a racing circuit

Our pick Lotus Evora 3.5 V6 VVT-i 400
Used Lotus Evora deals from £49,995
Monthly finance from £824
0-62mph
4.2 seconds
Top speed 186mph

The Evora looks as if it has driven straight off a racing circuit, but the lightweight sports car also doubles as practical family transport, with two seats in the back - if you can contort yourself enough to squeeze in.

Their size really makes them only fit for children, who should be fairly comfortable because the Evora has a surprisingly smooth ride. They are also likely to endure some discomfort for the chance to travel in the Lotus.

The latest Evora 400i, which went on sale in 2015, doesn’t just look quick. It’s light, fast, and darts along the road, while giving the driver a sense of control. and looks exotic. It’s quite a bit more expensive than your average family car too.

Maserati GranTurismo

Best four-seat sports car for grandeur

Our pick Maserati GT 4.7 V8 Sport
Used Maserati GranTurismo deals Limited stock
0-62mph 4.8 seconds
Top speed 185mph

A car that demands fewer compromises than the Lotus Evora but which serves up equally thrilling experiences is this big Maserati GranTurismo (or GT).

Choose the larger 4.7-litre engine and its orchestral exhaust note is stirring. Acceleration from 0-62mph in under five seconds is faster than many two-seat sports cars.

Alongside that performance and sound is a roomy and luxurious interior. There’s space in the back for two adults. The boot is a little on the small side, so if you’re planning some long-distance trips everyone needs to travel light.

Nissan GT-R

Best four-seat sports car for outright speed

Our pick Nissan GT-R Pure
Used Nissan GT-R deals from £74,495
Monthly finance from £1,148
0-62mph
2.7 seconds
Top speed 196mph

Sophisticated four-wheel drive, adjustable suspension parts, aerodynamics that boost grip and a high-tech engine can make you feel that the Nissan GT-R is driving you - at frighteningly fast speeds.

It’s a sports car that’s designed to be quick, even if it does take some of the sense of control away from the driver.

And with two rear seats, all four occupants can share the sense of being driven around. The back is cramped, particularly when it comes to legroom, but it can just about accommodate two average-sized adults.

Porsche 911

Best four-seat sportscar for performance and practicality

Our pick Porsche 911 Carrera S
Used Porsche 911 deals from £70,090
Monthly finance from £1,057
0-62mph
4.3 seconds
Top speed 191mph

If you can afford it and you’ve a small family, a 911 is likely to be your default choice. It blends quality, performance and - when required - quietness, along with a surprising level of practicality. Make no mistake, though – those tiny back seats are strictly for children.

With the engine at the back, the 911 only has a small boot but does offer 125 litres of space underneath the bonnet. For all its bulk and its wide wheels, it’s not that difficult to park, especially if you specify parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Subaru BRZ

Best four-seat sportscar for maximum fun at sensible speeds

Our pick Subaru BRZ 2.0i SE Lux
0-62mph 7.6 seconds
Top speed 140mph

The performance figures might suggest that the Subaru BRZ is a little slow off the mark, but this sports car is designed to provide driving thrills within the speed limit.

Turn the steering wheel and you feel the wheels moving under you, giving you a sense of how much grip they have, and helping you judge the best speed for cornering. The car reacts the instant that you turn and feels lively. It adds up to a package that puts a smile on your face.

How much fun you’d have while sitting in the cramped rear seats is debateable, but they are there and make the Subaru a four-seater, even if it is a two-plus-two, indicating the fact that the back seats are extremely small. It’s a little noisy and raw, so not a car for long journeys, and it’s not that economical. The straightforward interior suits a sports car but looks and feels a little low-rent in places.

 

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