The best springtime cars
In reality, although brighter evenings and occasionally drier days do come our way, the UK will inevitably still get it’s mix of sunshine, rain and everything in between.
That being said, with hopes of higher temperatures and sunnier days – compared to winter at least – it can prove a great time for motoring. So, with that in mind, here are some of the best new cars in which to get out and enjoy spring…
The Caterham Seven isn’t exactly a car which is suited to less than ideal conditions – it’s a lightweight, no-nonsense, rear-wheel-drive sports car at the end of the day – so if the sun shines and the temperature starts to pick up, it may be a good time to go for a drive in this little pocket-rocket.
With the right weather and the right road, the Seven can prove a breath of fresh air. It’s an absolute blast to get behind the wheel of and a true back-to-basics drivers’ car.
For those not wanting something as hardcore as the Caterham Seven, there are cars like this – the wonderful Mazda MX-5. It’s still light and simplistic (compared to most modern automobiles) but is a lot more daily driveable thanks to the creature comforts it possess.
That being said, the small convertible sports car can’t be described as uninspiring or too safe when it comes to the driving experience, as the MX-5 is very engaging and particularly entertaining on a twisty road.
Mercedes-AMG A 45 S
If the weather doesn’t seem to be improving and you just can’t wait any longer to go out for a spirited drive, then look no further than the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and abundance of grip, it’s incredibly capable in the wet.
In addition to that, the model produces 415bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making it immensely quick and easily one of the craziest hot hatches currently on sale.
Morgan Plus Four
Although it’s only just been revealed, the Plus Four had to be included on this list, as it proves a properly attractive package, especially for the spring. This new one gets an all-new platform and a new BMW-sourced engine while retaining a beautifully classic design that really shines when under the sun.
It should also strike a great balance between comfort and sharpness – great for whatever spring has to throw at you.
Audi RS 4 Avant
Like the A 45 S, the RS4 Avant is another fast, yet practical weapon to make use of come rain or shine. Its ‘Quattro’ all-wheel-drive system aids its ability to gain traction no matter the conditions and its punchy turbocharged V6 motor helps it pick up speed at a rapid pace.
Additionally, as an estate car, its spacious interior comes with its perks, such as the ability to carry out that spring cleaning run to the tip with ease.
Honda Civic Type R
The Civic Type R is a particularly heralded nameplate within the hot hatch class, gaining fame for being such a sublime, driver-focused, rewarding front-wheel-drive machine. The latest iteration of the model comes in the form of this winged beauty and class leader contender.
It’s quick even in tricky conditions and laps up dry roads like nothing else – all while putting a huge smile on your face.
If none of these sporty B-road blasters are of interest, consider this – the all-electric Peugeot e-208. This EV has a range of 200 miles but is, for the most part, just like your regular run-of-the-mill compact supermini.
Also, it’s worth noting that as the temperatures rise, electric car batteries become more optimised as cold weather can still affect their ranges dramatically.