Coupes

Looking to choose from a range of great coupes? Here, our experts bring together a selection of the best coupes on the market. But what makes a best coupe.

Great coupes strike a fine balance between style, substance and enough space for the odd weekend away. They are good fun to drive, too. Most coupe cars have two doors and four seats, with some having more practical rear seats than others. An emerging trend is for coupe cars to have a four-door design. These retain the swooping roofline of a traditional coupe, but add a couple rear doors for extra practicality.

If styling is more important to you than practicality, a coupe might be just the ticket. Here we’ve got together a list of the best coupes covering a broad spectrum of different prices. However, they’re all sleek to behold, great to drive, with luxurious cabins.

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BMW

The BMW 2 Series combines keen rear-wheel drive handling with an upmarket cabin and one of the best infotainment systems on sale. It’s available with lots of different options, too, catering for buyers after smaller fuel-sipping diesel and petrol engines as well as performance-car thrills.

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Audi
TT

If it’s style and quality you’re after, few coupes do it better than the Audi TT. All three of its generations have nailed the traditional coupe brief - two doors, two seats and a low sleek roofline. Add to that the latest car’s superbly well-built cabin, a fantastic infotainment system, tidy handling and a range of great petrol and diesel engines, and you have a top coupe.

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Jaguar

The iconic Jaguar E-Type might be the most famous coupe ever made, and the Jaguar F-Type is its modern incarnation. It looks fantastic and if you go for the six or eight cylinder petrol engines, sounds brilliant too. Inside you’ll find a long list of standard equipment and a luxurious interior.

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Mercedes

It isn’t cheap, the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, but you are getting a lot of car for your money. For starters, both of its engines - V8 and V12 - are brilliant, and its interior is one of the best on sale, featuring a striking design and tip-top build quality.The S-Class Coupe looks just as stunning on the outside and it’s hugely comfortable to drive.

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Bentley

The Bentley Continental GT might have a reputation as footballer’s transport, but it’s also a truly great coupe. Its engines are hugely powerful, its interior is one of the finest you’ll find in any car and this latest model’s touchscreen infotainment is far better than the previous model’s. It’s even pretty sharp to drive for such a behemoth. You’ll just need very deep pocket to buy and run it.

Coupes are all about style, but the following list shows they are all very much about speed too. Indeed, we’ve got together some of the fastest coupes you can buy right now on carwow.

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Bentley

Top speed: 207mph 0-62mph: 3.7 seconds

The Bentley Continental GT might have a reputation as footballer’s transport, but it’s also a truly great car. Its W12 is hugely powerful, its interior is one of the finest you’ll find in any car and this latest model’s touchscreen infotainment is far better than the previous model’s. It’s even pretty sharp to drive for such a behemoth, and will do a frankly bonkers 207mph.

Top speed: 205mph 0-62mph: 3.2 seconds

Let’s not beat around the bush: the V10 engine in this Audi R8 is one of the finest engines ever to grace a car. Not only does it sound out of this world, it also produces a massive 610hp allowing the R8 to sprint to 62mph in just 3.2sec and carry on to 205mph. As a bonus, the R8’s interior is a wonderful place to spend time and its infotainment system is superb.

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Jaguar

Top speed: 200mph 0-62mph: 3.7 seconds

The Jaguar F-Type is one of the best looking Coupes around in standard form, but this range-topping SVR version turns things up to 11. It’s also massive fast, its supercharged V8 engine producing 575hp for a 3.7sec 0-62mph time and a 200mph top speed. You’ll also be able to enjoy one of finest V8 soundtracks anywhere. It’s borderline antisocial.

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Mercedes

Top speed: 198mph 0-62mph: 3.6 seconds

The AMG GT R’s huge bonnet louvres, gaping grille and large bonnet spoiler leave you in no doubt about its intentions. Firing up its thundering 585hp 4.0-litre V8 engine will give you a pretty good idea, too. With enough space, this extroverted coupe will sythe to 62mph in 3.6sec and carry on all the way to 198mph.

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Honda
NSX

Top speed: 191mph 0-62mph: 3.0sec (est)

Hybrids are dull and boring right? Wrong. OK, so the Honda NSX can’t run on electricity alone for extended periods like a Toyota Prius for example, but it does have three electric motors which assist its V6 petrol. As a result, there’s 581hp to call upon and a 0-62mph time of around 3.0sec to enjoy. Will enough space and courage you’ll be able to hit 191mph too.

Choosing a coupe doesn’t mean spending a fortune. Our experts have compiled a list of the best cheap coupes. All these coupes are under £30,000 – so yours for the price a family car with a posh badge.

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Mazda

The Mazda MX-5 RF tops our list of cheap coupes as it gives you the best of both worlds – it’s a coupe, but at the touch of a button you can drop the hardtop roof for wind-in-the-hair thrills. It shares the soft-top MX-5’s agile handling and willing engines... and also its small boot and lack of rear seats.

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Audi
TT

The Audi TT looks great on the outside and has an interior to die for. It’s even practical for a coupe – having back seats and a boot that’s easy to load and capacious – and is a relatively cheap coupe too. The TT is quick and decent fun, but not the most rewarding to drive of this type of car.

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BMW

The BMW 2 Series is a cheap coupe with with a roomy back seat and a large boot, too – although the pay off is its staid styling. Its rear-wheel drive chassis means it is fun to drive, however, and you get a decent range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from that are quick and frugal.

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Subaru
BRZ

The Subaru BRZ has been designed to be brilliant to drive with a limited-slip differential and low-grip tyres that make it easy to slide, all in a relatively affordable package. That said, you’ll have to put up with a cheap feeling interior, unadventurous exterior styling and rear seats that are only suitable for kids.

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Nissan

The Nissan 370Z looks brilliant and has a V6 petrol engine that pulls like a train. It’s an old car now, though, so you’ll have to swallow high runnings costs and a dated interior the payoff is a driving experience that’s akin to performing delicate surgery with a hammer and chisel.

FAQs

A coupe is a type of car that sits between a sports car and something, well a little more sensible.

Traditionally, a coupe car will have two doors and some come with just two seats, while others have a further two seats in the rear.

The best coupe cars should be great fun to drive – they don’t need to come with the most powerful engines, but they should put a huge grin on your face as you drive through a series of corners.

The final box that the best coupe cars must tick is they should look fantastic. Sleek styling, a swoopy roofline and a mean-looking, low-to-the-ground stance mark the best coupes out from the rest.

Increasingly, there is a new kind of coupe emerging. Buyers love the looks of a coupe - that low, swept back roofline - but need a dose of practicality for their day-to-day car. Enter the four-door coupe. These cars have the looks but also a further two doors and useable rear seats that you can easily access from the rear doors.

Are these cars still coupes? Well, that’s how the brochures describe them. We’ll let you decide.

Is a coupe a four-door car? Well, that’s a matter of debate. Traditionally, a coupe had two doors - and sometimes just two seats. People’s tastes change - or develop, at least. And so now you get four-door coupes. These offer coupe buyers more practicality than a two-door coupe. You get easy access to the rear seats through those two extra doors, but you still get the stylish looks of a traditional coupe.
That depends on where you come from. In Europe, people pronounce coupe: ‘koo-pay’. The word coupé is French and it’s literal meaning means chopped off. A coupe was a horse-drawn carriage that did not have two rearward facing seats. This evolved into a car with just two seats - with the others chopped off. In the US, coupe is sometimes pronounced differently - more like ‘koop’.