If you’re buying a car like the Ariel Atom, you probably know what you are getting into in terms of insurance, servicing fuel and so on.

Suffice to say, judged by normal, rational car buying measurements it isn’t an easy car to justify at any of its four price points. But if you’re thinking of buying one using the rational side of your brain, it probably isn’t the car for you anyway.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
If you’re doing a track day, it’s worth noting how heavy the 3.5R fuel consumption is. Take a few jerry cans with you

Instead, look at it another way: the Atom delivers an unmatched blend of performance, agility and road usability, and in our book that makes buying one money well spent.

Recommending one of the three versions is hard, because they all deliver on their promise in slightly different ways. Whichever you buy you won’t be disappointed (or, indeed, anything other than thrilled). In very broad terms, the 245 and 310 are more at home on the road than track, with the reverse true of the 3.5R. That said, they can all perform both track and road roles surprisingly well.

And whichever you choose it’s not money thrown away, either. Resale values are strong, largely because production is so limited and most people buy and sell through Ariel, allowing them to keep a close control on values. 

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