Stylish coupes strike a fine balance between style, substance and enough space for the odd weekend away. From frugal diesel offerings to a ferocious 5.0-litre V8 muscle car, we take a look at the 10 best you can buy.
Here are the 10 best coupes currently on sale:
- Mercedes C-Class Coupe
- Audi A5
- BMW 2 Series
- Audi TT
- BMW 4 Series
- Mercedes E-Class Coupe
- Toyota GT86
- Ford Mustang
- Mercedes S-Class Coupe
- BMW 6 Series
1. Mercedes C-Class Coupe
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is one of the most understated two-door coupes on the road. Its graceful sloping roofline and subtly kinked windows give it a more sporty silhouette than its four-door sibling without compromising too much on cabin space. The C-Class’s rear seats are usable for most adults and it features a decent 400-litre boot, too. Avoid the boisterous AMG-tuned C63 model and the C-Class Coupe makes a comfortable and refined cruiser, too.
2. Audi A5
The sharp-suited Audi A5 serves up a tempting combination of slick styling, a fabulous interior and a range of refined engines lifted from the latest A4. Options include a 2.0-litre diesel model that’ll return 70.6mpg to a sportier S5 that’ll sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. Don’t let the impressive figures and smart styling fool you, however, this swoopy coupe is no stripped-out sports car – there’s enough legroom in the back for two six-foot-tall passengers and a roomy 475-litre boot, too.
3. BMW 2 Series
The BMW 2 Series might be small, but it’s just about roomy enough inside for four adults and its 390-litre boot is 40 litres bigger than the 1 Series hatchback. Pick the M240i model with a 340hp 3.0-litre straight six to make the most of its sharp engaging handling or the 1.5-litre three-cylinder 2 Series Convertible for a more affordable taste of drop-top motoring. As an added bonus, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is one of the most intuitive on the market, too.
4. Audi TT
The Audi TT isn’t just a pretty face – it boasts one of the best interiors in the business and is offered with a huge selection of engines to suit nearly every budget. For fun-yet-frugal drop-top motoring, pick a diesel TT Roadster. If hardcore race track workouts are your thing, get in line for a 395hp quattro-equipped TT RS Coupe that’ll sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. Don’t expect to take many friends along for the ride, however – even small kids will find the back seats rather cramped.
5. BMW 4 Series
The BMW 4 Series is the 3 Series saloon’s slinkier two-door brother and is offered with a similar selection of engines. From the efficient 2.0-litre diesel that’ll return 67.3mpg to the rip-roaring M4 with a 431hp 3.0-litre straight-six – all models feature sharp looks, a well-built cabin and a roomy 445-litre boot. BMW’s optional automatic gearbox makes it a slick-shifting joy to drive, too.
6. Mercedes E-Class Coupe
The Mercedes E-Class Coupe takes the saloon’s smart interior, high-tech features and efficient engine lineup and wraps them in a swooping, aerodynamic body. It looks similar to the more compact C-Class Coupe but offers significantly more room in the back and the option of two vast 12.3-inch infotainment screens in the front. A frugal 2.0-litre diesel that’ll return 71mpg will soften the bill for all these optional high-tech goodies, too.
7. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 will struggle to win many beauty contests but under its rather divisive bodywork lies a well-engineered chassis and perky engine that’ll put a bigger smile on your face than many more expensive rivals. Its driving position is excellent and the communicative controls help you make the most of its 197hp four-cylinder boxer engine and involving handling. We just wish its cabin felt a little bit more upmarket inside…
8. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is a far cry from other refined highway cruisers on our list. Its brash 5.0-litre V8 not only produces 416hp but it emits a guttural rumble that’ll make jumping in and turning the key feel like a special occassion every time. If you love the looks but can’t stomach the fuel bills of a 20.8mpg muscle car, it’s also offered with a more efficient 2.3-litre turbo engine borrowed from the Focus RS.
9. Mercedes S-Class Coupe
The Mercedes S-Class Coupe is one of the most luxurious two-door grand tourers on the market. Not only does it ride sublimely but it even boasts an optional Curve Tilting feature to actively lean this two-tonne coupe into bends at speed. While the 455hp V8 model will be more than adequate for most buyers, the range-topping AMG S65’s vast V12 has an undeniable opulent charm and enough power to really test out the inflatable seat bolsters. You’ll need exceptionally deep pockets, however, to enjoy this road-going luxury yacht.
10. BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6 Series feels most at home on the motorway thanks to its large size and composed ride but, in 552hp M6 trim, it’s equally happy to lay waste to an empty B road. For most drivers, the 52.3mpg-rated diesel model will probably prove more suitable – drive it gently and you’ll be able to travel 800 miles between petrol stations, too. Inside, you’ll find a well-built – if slightly bland interior – a 460-litre boot and more than enough room in the back for two kids.