Mid-2023 looks like electric cars will be the talk of the motor world, but the reality is that they still have a long way to go before they become the preferred option. Hybrids are more suitable cars for a more diverse audience and it is possible to do without electrification, as these five gasoline cars show that it remains a valid buying option.
Abarth F595 test gallery
Abarth has already presented a 100% electric version of its 500 and in time, it will be the only one that remains. Although this type of mechanics is appropriate for such a small missile, there are some sensations that it cannot replicate with respect to its gasoline version, which is also 10,000 euros cheaper.
The icing on the cake is the fact that it is able to choose between two power levels for its 1.4 T-Jet engine, which offers a more than adequate 165 CV in the 595 version and reaches 180 CV in the 695.
bmw 2 series
BMW 2 Series Coupe 2022
Few coupe-cut models remain on the market and the BMW 2 Series is one of the most balanced cars, able to offer very sporty sensations even from its Access variant and without compromising on a certain practicality (the trunk capacity is 390 litres). .
Arguably the M2 (with its 460 CV) would be the jewel in the crown, but it’s not necessary to aim so high to find a gasoline car that’s worth considering. The rest of the variants are the 220i with 184 CV, the 230i with 245 CV and the M240i xDrive with 374 CV.
2023 Mazda MX-5
If one thinks of “freak car” it is quite likely that the Mazda MX-5 is one of the first models to come to mind. It is a two-seater convertible, designed to offer fun with a technology proposition. The question is, is there anything wrong with it?
This is a car that, yes or no, will reassure purists as it implements a philosophy of contained weight, reasonable power and good dynamics. Be it the 132bhp 1.5 Skyactiv-G or the 184bhp 2.0 Skyactive-G, its combination with the six-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive system makes it a very interesting sports car in today’s market.
Toyota GR Yaris
Toyota GR Yaris testing in snow
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We could have put the Toyota GR86, but we don’t want to draw blood, because it’s gone and can no longer be bought in Spain. However, Toyota has other very interesting gasoline models in its range and the GR Yaris case stands out as it is one of its kind and can also be seen as an investment for the future.
And the thing is, no one can match the combo it offers: very compact size, 1.6 turbo three-cylinder engine with 261 CV power, manual gearbox, four-wheel drive that can optionally have two differentials. can add …
Not everything on this list was meant to be fun and fancy cars, the market is also full of models that are perfectly valid buying options while staying faithful to gasoline engines. We’ve chosen the Seat Arona as a representative, but there are many others (Skoda Scala, Citroën C3, Kia Stonic… just to give a few examples).
What opposes the Spanish SUV in comparison with its rivals is the fact that it has no electrification, but its gasoline engines are more than valid. The Access 95CV may be short, but the 110CV is already quite versatile and the 150CV offers a slightly sportier driving sensation.