Perhaps it was never really in doubt but now it’s official; the Caterham Seven is a fun car to drive. The British sportscar manufacturer took pole position in a Test Drive Magazine Supertest to find the best fun car for a £15,000 budget.
The Caterham 1.4 Classic beat off stiff competition from rivals such as the Mazda MX-5, Ford Streeka and MINI Cooper to take the chequered flag for its all round good looks, speed, engine performance and driveability.
Priced at just £15,450 the Caterham Classic, which can complete a 0-60mph sprint in a hell raising 6.5 seconds, was also voted Test Drive Magazine’s Best Buy and raced away with a four and a half out of five star rating.
Under the bonnet a 1.4 litre 16 valve engine charges the two seater to a top speed of 110mph. With a power to weight ratio equivalent to a Porsche Boxster it is easy to understand why the Classic is such an exhilarating drive.
Delivering more smiles per mile than anything else tested, those looking for unadulterated fun can pick up a Caterham Classic from only £15,450 or build it themselves with the kit version priced from £12,950.Published 3 March 2006