Best coupés 2021

Tempted by the idea of a stylish coupé? Then check out our comprehensive rundown of the best models on the market – and find out which one we'd avoid...


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Best and worst coupes

Picture a coupé and you'll probably come up with something sleek that doesn't have room for a lot of shopping but definitely stands out in the supermarket car park. But while style is an important factor, the best modern coupés offer a lot more besides.

They blend sharp performance and handling with good ride comfort and enough practicality to make them easy to live with And while some are expensive, that doesn't necessarily mean they don't offer good value.

Which models are worth considering, though? Well, here we name our current top 10 – and reveal the coupé that's best avoided.

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10

Audi A7 Sportback

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£42,662

RRP from £48,085 to £87,620

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This five-door coupé is a beautifully made and comfortable cruiser with a surprising amount of space inside. It’s competent rather than particularly fun to drive, though, and its infotainment system is too complex.

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Pros

  • Strong engines
  • High-quality interior
  • Generous standard equipment

Cons

  • Sluggish automatic gearboxes
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Dependable handling but hardly exciting
9

Bentley Continental GT

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£160,130

RRP from £160,130 to £215,645

The Continental GT conjures up rose-tinted images of what driving used to be like, when the super-rich would blast across Europe to get to their second home on the Riviera. And yet it's a thoroughly modern car that makes progress effortless, thanks to a 6.0-litre W12 engine that drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Continental GT is hugely expensive to buy and run, though.

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Pros

  • Luxurious interior
  • Huge performance
  • Enjoyable to drive

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Gearbox can be jerky
  • Missing some safety kit
8

Mercedes E-Class Coupé

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£41,868

RRP from £45,520 to £70,200

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While it's not the sharpest car in its class to drive, the E-Class Coupé is supremely quiet and comfortable. It can be had with a wide range of engines, too, including the popular 220d diesel, which is smooth, quiet and frugal, so an excellent fit for the E-Class.

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Pros

  • Fantastic interior
  • Quiet on the move
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Vague steering
  • Awkward boot
  • Expensive infotainment
7

BMW 8 Series Coupé

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£59,121

RRP from £72,575 to £123,045

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The 8 Series strikes a great balance between sportiness and comfort. What's more, it has a beautifully built interior that features BMW's intuitive iDrive infotainment system. The 8 Series is more expensive than direct rivals, though.

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Pros

  • Awesome performance
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Well priced

Cons

  • Cramped in the back
  • There are sportier rivals...
  • ...and more comfortable ones
6

Aston Martin DB11

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£152,805

RRP from £152,805 to £180,725

As luxury brands go, Aston Martin is as emotive as it gets. But that naturally brings sky-high expectations, so it says a lot that the DB11 offers everything you'd hope for from a big, modern Aston. Not only is it a sublime grand tourer, but it’s now usefully more communicative, while the interior matches modern tech and infotainment with classic craftsmanship.

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Pros

  • Massive performance
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • More fun to drive than most of its GT rivals

Cons

  • V12’s spiky to drive in the wet
  • Limited rear-seat and boot space
  • There are softer-riding alternatives
5

Audi A5 Coupé

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£34,665

RRP from £37,900 to £65,415

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The A5 coupé is based on a former What Car? Car of the Year, the A4 saloon, so the fact that it features in this top 10 should come as no surprise. Standout qualities include a plush interior and strong engines, plus it's surprisingly practical for a two-door coupé, with good rear space and a usefully large boot.

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Pros

  • Plush interior
  • Strong and smooth engines
  • Practical by coupe standards

Cons

  • Steering could be more feelsome
  • You’ll want to add a few options
  • Very expensive Vorsprung trim
4

Mercedes CLA

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£29,695

RRP from £31,690 to £38,950

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Climb into the CLA, and you'll be impressed at how lavish it feels, both in terms of pizazz and technology. Meanwhile, the 221bhp turbo petrol engine in the 250 version delivers stonking performance, and the keen pricing and rock-solid resale values ensure it even appeals to your sensible side.

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Pros

  • Flash interior
  • Strong on safety
  • Lots of kit and power for your money

Cons

  • Tight rear head room
  • Small boot aperture
  • Not as fun as the best coupés
3

Volkswagen Arteon

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£26,601

RRP from £31,965 to £41,980

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Even with five doors, coupés are often compromised, but that's not the case with the Arteon. The tallest of passengers will find they have space to sprawl in comfort, while the boot is huge, with a wide-opening hatchback that makes loading a buggy easy. More than that, the Arteon is a confidence-inspiring, comfortable and satisfying drive, and has loads of equipment as standard.

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Pros

  • Strong engines including a plug-in hybrid option
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Huge interior space and boot

Cons

  • Automatic gearbox is a little jerky at low speeds
  • Poor resale values against premium rivals
  • A BMW 3 or 4 Series is more fun to drive
2

Audi TT Coupé

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£30,319

RRP from £33,020 to £66,080

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If you're after a coupé that’s easy and affordable to live with, yet enjoyable to drive and filled with premium lustre, the TT strikes the perfect balance. Even the entry-level 40 TFSI version has serious gusto and delivers masses of handling poise.

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Pros

  • Great to drive
  • Fabulous interior design and quality
  • Surprisingly practical boot – for a coupe

Cons

  • Rear seats are seriously cramped
  • Misses crucial safety kit
  • You'll want to add options
1

BMW 4 Series Coupé

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£38,001

RRP from £40,460 to £54,645

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Compared with the 3 Series saloon, the 4 Series gets a wider rear end, stiffer structure and lower centre of gravity, helping to make it far more rewarding to drive than similarly-priced rivals. Yet if you go for the M Sport Pro Package, it's also a comfortable choice. In fact, it’s a perfectly balanced take on the dual nature that makes for a world-class coupé.

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Pros

  • Range-topping M440i is seriously rapid
  • More fun to drive than direct rivals
  • More room in the back than you might imagine

Cons

  • Divisive looks
  • Rival coupés have bigger boots
  • Some wind and tyre noise

And the Coupé to avoid...

Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin Vanquish

The Vanquish has stunning looks and a sonorous engine, but in most other respects it feels its age: there's too much body float, its seriously cramped and the infotainment system is terrible. Read our review

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