The Cooper S was a groundbreaker when it appeared at the turn of the millennium. It’s got a nice turn of speed, handles well, looks great and has a lot of character. This one is the third generation and has more power to play with. It’s 2 litre turbo engine packs 189 bhp and gets to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. Plenty quick enough.

Cash alternative
189 bhp
0-62mph 6.7 seconds