Best used coupes for less than £10,000

The car you’ve always promised yourself? These £10,000 used coupés show that you can have style and practicality on a budget...

Used cars of the week: Mercedes CLS from 25k

7. Mercedes CLS

Some of you might be throwing things at your screens and yelling "That's not a proper coupé", because the Mercedes CLS has got too many doors. Well, the market for blending coupé looks with the increased practicality of a saloon began with Mercedes, because product planners realised that demand for both sectors was dwindling, so why not combine the two? You get something that looks great, yet is easier to live with every day for those who have a family or need to carry three passengers regularly (the CLS is a four-seater only). It also handles slightly better than the softer E-Class on which it's based, plus AMG Sport models come with lots of goodies such as sat-nav, sportier exterior styling and some excellent LED headlights.

We found 2012 Mercedes CLS 250 CDI AMG Sport, 76,433 miles, £9995

BMW 1 Series Coupe (04 - 14)

The BMW 1 Series Coupé isn't the biggest big two-door car you can get, but its relative lack of weight and rear-wheel drive layout give it remarkable driving talents. Later examples such as the one we found feature BMW’s class-leading iDrive infotainment system. But if gadgets aren't your thing, you'll be pleased to know that the interior of the 1 Series has plenty of high-quality plastics to endow it with a classy feel, plus the ergonomics are excellent, so there will be no issues with getting comfortable. It has a great range of engines, and since the 1 Series isn't particularly bulky, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are low – particularly if you go for a diesel.

We found 2013 BMW 1 Series Coupé 120d M Sport, 36,000 miles, £8495

Read the used BMW 1 Series review

5. Honda CR-Z

Best used coupes for less than £10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

If you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet, why not the hybrid Honda CR-Z? Not only is it very reasonably priced now, but it will also sip fuel very slowly and be very reliable. But that’s not the end of the positives, because this Honda is also good fun to drive. Unlike most hybrids, this one has a manual gearbox, with the electric motor assisting the little 1.5-litre petrol engine to give it a bit of extra power when needed. It isn’t the biggest or most practical coupé out there, but if it were bigger, it wouldn’t be quite as darty and nice to drive as it is. This quirky coupé is an interesting alternative that will be painless to own.

We found 2013 Honda CR-Z 1.5 IMA Sport Hybrid, 58,000 miles, £6695

Read the used Honda CR-Z review