Best used coupes for less than £20,000
The market for new coupés is shrinking, but that's okay because there are loads of excellent used examples you can save thousands on. Here’s our top ten list...
With the appetite for new coupés slowly dying off in favour of SUVs, it seems like sleek two door cars are destined for the dustbin. But, fear not, because while you soon might not be able to get a box-fresh example, you can save thousands by buying a used one instead.
Many of the cars on this list are only a few years old and should give you many years of enjoyable, trouble free motoring. There's everything from more hardcore sports cars to continent crushing cruisers to cater for all tastes. So read on to find out which of our top ten is the best used coupé on which to spend your £20,000 budget.
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10. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 is one of the more hardcore coupés on this list, but that's intentional. The GT86 was never supposed to be a consummate cruiser, more a B road hack to thrash. With only 197bhp and not a whole heap of torque to play with, you certainly need to get the engine spinning to make progress.
The relatively skinny tyres don't offer up the same level of grip some rivals do, making the handling of the rear-wheel drive GT86 a bit more playful than anyone used to modern front-wheel drive cars will be expecting. Go for a Blue Edition model if you can with the performance pack for uprated Sachs suspension components and bigger brakes, and you'll have a unique offering amongst other used coupés, and one that can be plenty of fun on the right road.
We found: 2018 Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition, 19,000 miles, £18,995
9. Jaguar XK
True, the Jaguar XK is the most senior member of this list, but who can argue with a 385bhp 5.0 V8, a cosseting ride and nimble handling for a large car. You'll have to put up with a slow infotainment system that doesn't have all the latest smartphone capabilities that some of the newer examples on this list can boast, but we think that's a small price to pay for something that cost over £65,000 when new, a mere six years ago.
We found: 2013 Jaguar XK 5.0 V8, 55,000 miles, £20,000
8. BMW 6 Series Coupé
If you like the idea of a big, comfortable coupé like the aforementioned XK, but don't want the steep running costs of a petrol V8, try this BMW 6 Series. It can be had with a thirsty petrol engine, but we recommend the torque-rich 640d version, which should manage very respectable economy figures despite a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of just 5.5 seconds. The interior is even more plush that the one in the Jaguar, and with BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment system, it feels a lot more modern.
We found: 2016 BMW 640d Coupé SE, 45,000 miles, £18,750
7. Volkswagen Scirocco R
Some of you might be wailing at your screen right now because it's not hard to find a Volkswagen Scirocco for less than £20,000, but we're focusing on the more powerful 276bhp R model which, we think you'll agree, is much more fun than the regular cooking version. Expect tidy handling, great build quality and some outstanding overtaking ability from this Scirocco, and, because it is based on a Golf, a respectable amount of practicality for a coupé.
We found: 2017 Volkswagen Scirocco R 2.0 TSI 280, 19,000 miles, £18,995