Consider, then, the MG3. Its £8399 entry price and outmoded but generously endowed 1.5-litre motor wins it second spot in this chart at £80.00 per bhp, and unlike the Satria, it’s a half-decent drive.
The car you might have expected to win this had your bet been on a budget machine comes third, the Dacia Sandero’s super-low base price unable to compensate for its lowly 75bhp. The bigger Duster nets sixth spot, its combo of 104bhp and £9495 costing £81.01 per workhorse.
It’s a performance car that scores fourth spot, the standard Nissan 350Z offering a single V6 pony for £83.38 – real value, especially wrapped in a package this appealing, even if not best-in-class.
More tempting, then, could be Ford’s highly capable and entertaining Focus ST, each of whose generous 247 horses cost £89.05 to win it fifth spot. Its ninth-placed Fiesta ST sister isn’t a lot more at £95.83, both these cars maintaining Ford’s reputation for affordable performance.
Arch-rival Vauxhall does a good job too, a trawl through its ludicrously large model line-up - if they sold one of every model in a month they’d score a decent market share - turning up the Insignia VXR Super Sport, whose 321bhp cost £92.74 each, and the superb VXR8, whose gloriously excessive 577bhp can be yours for £92.74 a go.
And tenth place is occupied by the Peugeot 208 GTI, its 197bhp costing you £95.83 per cheval, just outpointing its RenaultSport rival, whose Clio breaks the £100-per-bhp threshold. In fact, relatively few cars provide a single nag for under £100.
But here’s the top 10, all of them coming in at under £100 per bhp. In an upcoming blog, we’ll see how some high-performance machines compare.
Car make/model Price BHP BHP/£
1 Proton Satria Neo GSX £8495 111 £76.53
2 MG3 Time £8399 105 £80.00
3 Dacia Sandero 1.2 Access £5995 74 £81.01
4 Nissan 370Z V6 £27,015 324 £83.38
5 Ford Focus ST £21,995 247 £89.05
6 Dacia Duster 1.6 Access £9495 104 £91.30
7 Vauxhall Insignia VXR S Sport £29,769 321 £92.74
8 Vauxhall VXR8 £54,999 577 £95.32
9 Ford Fiesta ST £17,250 180 £95.83
10 Peugeot 208 GTi £18,900 197 £95.94