BOTB Asks: Little or Large? What do you prefer? {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

10 Jun 2016

Audi RS3 or Audi RS6 Avant

The RS6 still ranks as one of the most popular cars in the BOTB competition, no doubt thanks to the incredible performance, subtle looks and great practicality all in one package. But at the other end of the RS range sits a young pretender, an upstart who thinks it can have practicality and performance too – the RS3. The RS3 has some mighty impressive stats for a hot hatch – 362bhp and 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds – and with the Quattro AWD system and dual clutch gearbox it’s effortless to drive in all conditions. But the RS6 has those too, plus a cavernous boot area and a truly bonkers 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 producing 552bhp under the bonnet, that makes a hilariously evil noise. Call me a power junkie, but that nails it for me!

Tim’s Choice: Large

BMW M2 or BMW M6

Two BMW M coupes to choose from, with two very different personalities. The M6 sits at the top of the M/// tree with its 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 powerhouse putting out 560bhp, but this is a continent crushing GT car, you could step in, drive to Monaco and step out as fresh as a daisy having destroyed the miles in between in a flurry of V8 noise and swift overtakes. At the other end of the range sits the new upstart, the scrappy youngster with everything to prove – the M2. Small, but with a wide track thanks to massively swollen wheelarches, a few choice bits from the M4 under the bodywork and a 3.0 litre turbocharged straight six producing 365bhp, the M2 isn’t far off the M6’s performance stats but is a proper driver’s car. I actually drove one last week and it is easily the best of the current M/// cars – in fact it may be the best sports car on sale today, so this contest was over before the M6 even had a chance…

Tim’s Choice: Little

Porsche 718 Cayman or Porsche Panamera

Tricky ones, these Porsches. It’s probably fair to say that they’re the least glamorous of the Porsche range, sitting as they do at the bottom of their respective ranges. But which one punches above its weight and which languishes at the bottom, never really wanting to better itself? The new 718 range has worried purists by dropping the flat-six engines in favour of new turbocharged flat-four lumps, even if power is up to 296bhp and there’s a chunk more usable torque too. But the sound is certainly lacking compared to the old engine and that’s a huge part of the experience. The Panamera may be getting a little long in the tooth now, but it’s still a mighty impressive car. It can swallow four people and their luggage with ease, while the 3.6 litre V6 engine allows effortless performance up to 160mph while still returning decent economy. The way the Panamera shrinks around you when driving is not to be forgotten either, feeling like a much smaller car. As I’ve got a 3yr old I need rear seats so this one is pretty easy too.

Tim’s Choice: Large

VW Golf R or VW Touareg 262 R-Line

Now this one is a bit more difficult, as the two Volkswagens are completely different; a hot hatch and a luxury SUV. The Touareg is a fantastic SUV, utterly competent without shouting about it as is the VW way. A lovely 262bhp 3.0 diesel engine powers it, with understated yet classy looks and lots of standard kit. It’s a super luxurious SUV that handles like a big saloon too, so you won’t feel short changed at all. The Golf R is a strange car – its predecessors were quick but ultimately very dull to drive with little steering feel and terminal understeer seemingly engineered in. But with this latest Mk7 Golf R, VW have struck gold – the 296bhp 2.0 litre turbo feels like it has far more than that such is the urgency, while the soundtrack is very un-VW-like; all pops, growls and rumbles. The AWD system is unlike any before it too as the R has a handling balance and sheer fun factor that would make even the best sports cars jealous. Sure, the competition in the class may have more power now but none of them can match the Golf R’s combination of handling prowess, performance, quality and price. The easiest winner here by a country mile.

Tim’s Choice: Little