We all do love supercars. But specific slow cars also have a special place in our hearts. These 0.9 litre or 1.0 litre budget machines remind us that not everything needs to be FAST. The contentment that you get from the Third Gear of these cars cannot be achieved by riding a McLaren at 200kmph. Not all slow cars are fun but there are slow cars that are better than the Fast ones.
Lets start with some GOOD NEWS. The Sandero has to be in this list. The joy of getting this to the redline is massive and you can have more fun in this than you can have in a McLaren.
Original Fiat 500
Rear-wheel drive, rear engine, small and light and all this on a tiny wheelbase. This car has the same attributes as the early Porsche 911s.
Its lack of oomph might be an issue on a busy street but on a weavy empty road it comes to its own. You just have to acclimatize yourself a bit and you'll establish an extraordinary relationship with this.
Believe it or not, McLaren learned a lesson from the fully independent, front-to-rear interactive suspension of this car. The clinging power of this car due to its ‘centre of gravity as a worm‘ is out of this world. That flat-formation engine just added to the fun.
The obvious choice of a petrolhead on a budget, the MX-5 Miata, explicitly the 1.6-litre four cylinder, was a deeply slow machine but this car never has been boring. Even when you have stopped at a traffic light, you will see a smile on your face and the others looking at you.
Ford Fiesta Ecoboost
Enough of talking about the Fiesta ST. Now its time to give a moment to the Ecoboost. Darty reflexes and those grippy seats add to the fun. You can think of it as a 'Penny Chap Book'. It gives you all the funs of the ST with the price that makes everyone happy.
So quick to turn and a horsepower figure that has triple digits, the 100hp Panda is the think of dreams. The fact that there are two Fiats ij this list show that Fiat know how to make fun slow cars. And James May owns one, and he's not a fan of fast cars.
This the original Fiat 500 of the present. Gives you all the fun. This is one of the greatest drives. Its a unique experience.
Wildcard: Renault Twizy
It looks hideous and is a nightmare at a dual-carriageway as it feels like an ant, but it is right now the most fun electric car on sale. The gaps through which it can go through are a distant dream for us even in our Fiestas. This car is perfect for the crowded road.