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5 Sports Cars We'd Choose with A $10,000 Budget

By Linda Quan

Wed Dec 04 2019

You don’t need to be a millionaire to own a great sports car. In fact, some of the best can be bought under $10K – that’s less than a down payment on a house! If you’re on the lookout for your next daily or weekend car, check out our top affordable recommendations budget sports cars below!

Volkswagen Golf Mk5 GTI

Why we like it: Fun to drive, improved traction, sporty exterior, smooth controls


  • 2.0L 4-cyl 147kW engine with 280Nm of torque
  • Fuel economy: 8.1L/100km
  • 0-100km/h in 7.2 sec
  • Power to Weight ratio: 108.1 kW/t
  • Features: Sport seats, rear spoiler, 10-speaker sound system, electronic stability program


2010 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo

Why we like it: big engine, responsive chassis, roomy interior, sensible enough for daily driving  


  • 2.5L 5-cyl low-boost turbo engine with 166kW power and 320Nm torque
  • Fuel economy: 9.3L/100km
  • 0-100km/h in 6.6s
  • Power to Weight ratio: 117.9 kW/t
  • Features: Sporty look, leather steering wheel, sports suspension, twin XR5 exhaust


BMW E36 325i

Why we like it: take proper care of it and it’ll last you a long time. You can do most fixes yourself if you have some mechanical know-how. And the rear wheel drive is a big plus for those who love burnouts.


  • 2.5L 6-cyl 141kW engine with 245Nm of torque
  • Fuel economy: 8.8L/100km
  • 0-100km/h in 8s
  • Power to Weight ratio: 97.3 kW/t
  • Features: contoured sports seats, cruise control, convertible option, rear wheel drive


Suzuki Swift Sport ZC32S

Why we like it: Excellent handling and grip, sporty interior, great fuel economy


  • 1.6L 4-cyl 100kW engine with 160Nm of torque
  • Fuel economy: 6.1L/100km
  • 0-100km/h in 8.1s
  • Power to Weight ratio: 94.3 kW/t
  • Features: Sport seats, oversize dual exhaust, push-to-start, xenon headlights, adjustable steering wheel


2009 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design

Why we like it: fun drive despite the stiff suspension, plenty of legroom, comfortable interior and seats, retro styling


  • 2.5L 5-cyl 169kW engine with 320Nm of torque
  • Fuel economy: 8.7L/100km
  • 0-100km/h in 6.7s
  • Power to Weight ratio: 121.8 kW/t
  • Features: folding side mirrors, sports upholstery, driver’s power seat, high performance 8-speaker sound system

What's your favourite budget sports car?