Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is Nissan's answer to the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, depending on whether you choose the open-top Roadster or the coupe. Both versions are powered by the same 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, coupled to a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto gearbox, and have rear-wheel drive. The Nissan 370Z offers lots of standard equipment, including supportive leather bucket seats. Loud, dramatic to look at and fun to drive, it's not the most sophisticated sports car, but that's a huge part of the Nissan 370Z's appeal.

Nissan 370Z coupe

Price 
£27,015 - £37,015
3 Doors
2.3 / 5
Pros
  • Plenty of performance for not much cash
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Expensive to run
  • Not as precise to drive as some rivals
  • Lots of tyre noise at motorway speeds

The rear-wheel drive Nissan 370Z's driving position and loud exhaust amplify the sense of sportiness compared to the likes of BMW's Z4 or Audi's TT, and its powerful engine and huge grip mean it's a very exciting car to drive. Lots of standard equipment and plenty of power make it a tempting choice, but there are some compromises – including limited boot space and high fuel consumption.

Nissan 370Z roadster

2 Doors
2.5 / 5
Pros
  • Amazing sound with the roof down
  • Fun and fast
  • Lots of equipment
Cons
  • Expensive to run
  • Not quite as fun to drive as rivals
  • More noisy than the coupe

The Nissan 370Z Roadster delivers all the appeal of the coupe and adds the excitement of an open top. Its 3.7-litre V6 sounds even better when it's not muted by a metal roof, and Nissan's efforts to retain the coupe's rigidity and sharp handling have been largely successful. Arguably, it's the more appealing version thanks to the wind in the hair experience, while the Roadster loses little in practicality over its 370Z coupe sister.