Speed is something that has fascinated mankind ever since we first tried to catch something to see what it tasted like. In nature, we fall very much into the ‘slow’ category, even your average cow can top 25mph while most of us struggle to achieve 12mph.

Even our most impressive sprinting human, Usain Bolt, can only sustain 30 mph for short bursts. Good thing then that we have access to some fine automobiles that are not only faster than a cow but can easily dispatch even the fastest four-legged animals with ease. Take that evolution.

Our task here was to find the very fastest car you can buy for the reasonable sum of £25,000, our new car benchmark is the very accomplished Hyundai i30N. A 247 bhp hot hatch that can hit 60mph in 6.4-seconds and is limited to 155mph. Those are impressive figures, but we can do a lot better if we look at some quality used cars instead. From hot hatches to luxury saloons and sports cars, we have some seriously quick alternatives all for Hyundai money. So, let’s play £25,000 Top Trumps…