Looking for a stylish coupé? Here are the best cars available, as well as some to avoid
If image and style are important to you, to the extent that they take priority over practicality and sometimes even efficiency, then chances are you’ll be looking to buy a coupé. As the genre has become ever more popular, so the options available have increased and prices have become more affordable. These days, you’re spoiled for choice. Here is our comprehensive rundown of the best coupés around, and the ones to seer clear of.
The best coupés
10. Bentley Continental GT
The stylish, powerful and pacey Bentley Continental GT looks and sounds like a sports car, even if it doesn’t quite handle like one. A luxurious and comfortable cabin provides the perfect continent-crossing environment, and it is beautifully kitted out as standard. Meanwhile, the combination of luxury options available is almost infinite.
Our pick: V8 S
9. Jaguar F-Type Coupé
We adore the hard-top version of Jaguar’s F-Type, which represents real value for money. With pricing kicking off at £51,450, your cash will buy plenty of car and power, and even base models are generously specced. Practicality isn’t great, however, as the load area and overall cabin space aren’t up there with the best in class.
Our pick: 3.0 V6 SC
8. Aston Martin DB11
Aston Martin’s DB11 is just as suave and sophisticated as its greatest exponent, James Bond. Of the two powerplants available, we prefer the smaller V8 to the heavier V12. The former model is more agile and more affordable – although that’s all relative, as a base staring price of £144,900 puts it out of reach of many fans.
Our pick: 4.0 V8
7. BMW 2 Series
The 2 Series answers a long-held demand of BMW fans. The 1 Series-based, two-door, four-seater is a direct rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA, and is competitively priced. Handling is great, and our 220d pick is both powerful and economical.
Our pick 220d SE
6. BMW 4 Series
A superb all-rounder, the BMW 4 Series coupé looks great, and seats four in its practical cabin. It shares many of the smaller 3 Series’ interior fixtures and fittings, and BMW’s superb iDrive infotainment and navigation system are options.
Our pick 420d SE
5. Seat Leon SC
The stylish and practical Leon SC three-door uses the regular Seat Leon hatch as a base. It’s a brisk hatch that is also impressively efficient; just steer clear of the noisy 1.6-litre diesel. Our pick is the higher-powered 1.4-litre petrol, available only with range-topping FR trim.
Our pick 1.4 EcoTSI 150 FR
4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé
The luxury S-Class saloon-based Coupé is every bit as impressive as its four-door stablemate. Travelling across Europe would present no problem, thanks to its comfortable and well-appointed cabin and driver-assistance systems. The S500’s 4.7-litre V8 is sublime.
Our pick S500
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
This C-Class saloon-based model is the main rival to the BMW 4 Series, and is most impressive in diesel form. Add optional air-suspension for great pothole-busting potential, while the cabin is well designed and comfortable.
Our pick C 250 AMG Line auto
2. Audi A5
This coupé is based on the Audi A4 saloon, which was a former Car of the Year. Consequently, it’s quite brilliant. The A5 stands above its Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé and BMW 4 Series rivals due to its plush cabin and strong powerplants. Practicality is another strong point, partly due to a usefully large luggage space.
Our pick 3.0 TDI 218 quattro
1. Audi TT
Our top car here was declared Coupé of the Year at the What Car? Awards for three years in a row, and we still love it. It gives sports car thrills but can also be driven daily, is brilliant to drive and won’t break the bank. This all makes it very easy to love.
Our pick 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport
The coupés to avoid
Good looks aside, the 370Z can’t match the serious coupé rivals on this list.
While the Q60 is quick and refined, its poor efficiency and less than impressive infotainment disappoint.