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Best used coupes

The best coupe cars offer you sleek looks and a great drive. There are lots to choose from, including many that are surprisingly practical. Here are our 10 favourites.

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By Cazoo editorial team

First things first – ‘coupe’ is a term that describes a sporty-looking car that’s more practical than a pure sports car yet has a lower, more sloping roofline than an equivalent hatchback. Traditionally, coupes have only two side doors but nowadays many brands also describe some of their four-door or five-door models as coupes because of their sleek looks.

Whether you’re after a sleek two-door car or something a bit more family-friendly, there’s likely to be a coupe that’s right for you. Here, in no particular order, are our top 10 used coupes.

1. BMW 2 Series Coupe

The BMW 2 Series Coupe is a sharp-looking two-door model that gives you a sporty driving experience to match its looks. It’s very unusual among similarly priced coupes in that it has rear-wheel drive, which helps to give it great balance through corners. It’s a rewarding car to drive, yet its compact size makes it very easy to park.

Overall, the 2 Series is a satisfying mix of sensible and sporty. You can choose from a wide range of engines that includes powerful turbocharged petrols as well as diesels that should give you an average fuel economy of more than 60mpg. The interior has a premium feel, decent space for four and a smart, easy-to-use infotainment system.

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2. Audi A5

The Audi A5 is one of the most popular coupes around. Its appeal is obvious: it’s a great-looking car with a high-quality interior and it offers cost-effective options at one end of the range with luxurious, high-performance models at the other. You can also choose between two-door Coupe and five-door Sportback models, so there’s really something for everyone. 

Whichever version you choose, the A5 is an excellent all-rounder that keeps things quiet and comfortable on board yet is enjoyable to drive. Some very powerful models are available and, as with most Audis, you can also have the A5 with ‘Quattro’ four-wheel drive, which gives you extra grip in slippery conditions.

3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

The saloon and estate versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class are excellent executive cars that give you exceptional comfort and quality. The E-Class Coupe gives you that same feelgood factor and a similarly wide choice of engines in a more glamorous, two-door body.

Like any E-Class, the Coupe will let you cover big mileages in laid-back luxury and style. The interior combines a high-tech infotainment system with elegant styling. It’s roomy enough for a family of four and their luggage for a week’s holiday. On top of this, the cabin feels like it will last forever thanks to the quality of materials used throughout.

Read our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review

4. Jaguar F-Type

Coupes don’t get much more sporty than the Jaguar F-Type. From the way it looks to the way it sounds to the way it drives, it’s a car that stirs the senses. Every version is quick, with the high-powered ones offering acceleration to match some much more expensive sports cars. A booming exhaust note sets the tone for a thrilling drive and you can choose between rear-wheel or four-wheel-drive models.

It’s a two-door two-seater, so the F-Type isn’t as practical as some coupes. Open the hatchback boot lid and there’s enough room for a week’s holiday luggage, however, while the interior has a high-tech, comfortable feel. Powerful petrol engines mean running costs are comparatively high, but in terms of fun per pound you spend, the F-Type is great value for money.

5. Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is one of those cars that straddles the boundary between coupe and sports car. While it’s a common sight in the US, the Mustang really stands out from the crowd in the UK thanks to its bulging bodywork and growly petrol engines. It has the drive to match, with great handling, rapid acceleration and steering that gives you a real feeling of connection to the road. The Mustang is comfortable too, so it makes a good long-distance cruiser. 

It’s quite a large car and there’s a lot of space in the boot, but as you’d expect of a sporty two-door model the Mustang isn’t as family-friendly as some cars on this list. While there’s lots of space in the front, there’s really only enough room in the back seats for younger children. 

Every version is well equipped, with features such as electrically adjustable front seats and leather trim. Running costs are on the high side, especially if you go for the big V8 engine model, but the Mustang gives you loads of fun for your money.

6. BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4 Series is a great all-rounder that has evolved from a long line of desirable BMW coupe models. The sleek two-door Coupe arrived in 2013, followed a year later by the even more practical five-door Gran Coupe that’s a rival for the Audi A5 Sportback. The Gran Coupe is ideal for families looking for something practical yet stylish, although the Coupe still has ample space for four. Whichever version you choose, the interior is beautifully built and the dashboard is easy to use.  

You can choose from pretty much the same range of engines found in the 3 Series saloon that the 4 Series is based on, so there’s everything from fuel-efficient diesels to hugely powerful petrols. Every version is satisfying to drive, striking a fine balance between fun and comfort, including four-wheel-drive models that BMW calls xDrive.

7. Audi TT

Few coupes are as appealing to both heart and head as the Audi TT. It’s a beautiful and sporty-looking car that’s great to drive but also cost-effective and comfortable.

The latest version was introduced in 2014 yet still looks contemporary inside and out. Many versions have Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’, which replaces the dials that you’d normally see behind the steering wheel with a customisable high-resolution digital display. The quality of the interior is excellent and there’s lots of space in the front two seats. Headroom and legroom in the back seats is more limited, but you can fold these down to make the usefully large boot larger still. 

You have lots of choices when it comes to engines, including cost-effective petrol or diesel versions and the sports-car-quick RS model. Every TT feels agile and fun-to-drive on the road, whether you choose a model with front-wheel or four-wheel drive.

8. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Elegance is the word that springs to mind when you’re talking about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. While rivals from Audi, BMW and Lexus are sportier, most versions of the C-Class Coupe focus more on classic looks and long-distance comfort. The interior gives you space for four plus their luggage and everything looks and feels like it has been designed and crafted with care.

There’s a broad choice of engines available, offering you everything from frugal (if you go for one of the diesel models) to fast (if you go for a high-performance AMG version). Every C-Class Coupe is quiet and comfortable so whether you’re nipping to the supermarket or heading to the south of France, this car is a pleasure to travel in.

9. Volkswagen Scirocco

Take all the sensible, practical bits of the Golf hatchback and combine them with the chic looks of a two-door coupe and what you get is the Volkswagen Scirocco. Launched in 2008, this striking model gives you all the driving fun of a hot hatch with a choice of diesel and petrol engines and even the devilishly quick high-performance R model.

Although it’s lower than the Golf and only has three doors (two side doors and a hatchback boot lid), the Scirocco is almost as practical, with a roomy four-seat interior and a decent boot. Getting in and out of the rear seats is simple thanks to the long side doors and front seats that tip and slide forward out of your way. Ownership costs are very competitive thanks to the fuel-efficient engines, while all versions are well equipped.

10. Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

Can an SUV also be a coupe? Many car brands think so, using the term to describe versions of their standard SUVs that have lower rooflines and a more sloping shape. The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is one of the best of the breed, giving you all the luxury, tech and comfort of the standard GLE but with a sportier image and drive.

While it’s not quite as roomy as the standard GLE, the Coupe is still a hugely practical five-door SUV with lots of space for four adults and an enormous boot. You also get a lot of standard features and whether you choose a petrol or diesel version you get strong performance and the reassurance of four-wheel drive.

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