So, which cars on sale today provide the most power per pound? You might think that it’ll be a budget performance car, or perhaps a pricier machine with a preposterous amount of power.

But another way to get the most horsepower for your pound, admittedly in smaller quantities, is simply to buy the cheapest version of the cheapest car you can find. 

Which is how the Proton Satria Neo GSX powers an unlikely path to the top of this table. It costs only £8495, but has a 1.6-litre ‘CamPro’ 16-valve engine delivering 111bhp.

And that’s a hell of a lot of horses at this end of the market, even if they’re dubiously wrapped. Each Proton horse costs £76.53, making them the market’s most affordable. The Satria might be Proton’s least disappointing model, but it’s still a two-star car in our book, its CO2 emissions almost up there with a Honda Accord 2.0 i-VTEC’s, incidentally. 

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.