Best used coupes for less than £25,000 (and the one to avoid)
You’re fortunate enough to have £25,000 to spend on a swanky, premium used coupé - but what do you buy? Here’s our top ten list...
You could spend your £25,000 on a smart executive car. It will be perfectly nice and no doubt fulfil all your practical needs to a tee. You might even have your neighbours giving you that knowing nod to indicate that you’ve bought yourself a fine car. But what if you went and spent your money on something that’s a bit more rakish, like a premium used coupé? Then you’ll have something that will really get those curtains twitching.
What’s more, a modern coupé can be a practical vehicle that will do virtually the same job as the executive car upon which it’s based. Some are designed to be sporty, while others are cosseting grand tourers that you wouldn’t even baulk at undertaking a thousand-mile trip in. Here’s our list of the ten best used coupés for less than £25,000, along with the coupé that you should avoid.
10. Toyota GT86
Billed as a full-on driver’s car, the Toyota GT86 is certainly one of the more hardcore offerings on this list. It's almost identical to the Subaru BRZ, but there are more examples of the Toyota on the used market. What’s more, the GT86 gets a longer warranty, so you’ll be able to find used examples with some cover left.
Practical stuff covered, the GT86 is a fun toy to take out for a thrash on the right road and in the right weather conditions. Its seats are highly supportive and surprisingly comfortable, too. But in damp or cold conditions, there simply isn’t the same level of grip you get from a well-sorted hot hatch, and that combined with the relatively low power output means you’ll struggle to pull away from them on a challenging road. Shame, really, because aside from that, the GT86 is a great coupé.
We found: 2018 Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S, 2776 miles, £21,240
9. Jaguar XK
If the GT86 is a great coupé, the Jaguar XK is a truly grand one. Yes, it is the eldest member of this list, having gone out of production in 2015, but there’s something very appealing about cruising around in a leather-lined bruiser such as this. Especially when it’s powered by a charismatic 385bhp 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine.
This generation of XK was quite light compared with competition such as the BMW 6 Series and therefore felt fairly nimble, despite its size. The touchscreen infotainment system dates the car terribly, but everything else inside is stylish and nicely finished, and it's a supremely comfortable place to spend time. Just put some money aside for regular maintenance and any unexpected repairs and you should enjoy your time with an XK.
We found: 2014 Jaguar XK 5.0 V8, 59,000 miles, £19,995
8. BMW 6 Series Coupé
Another opulent coupé is the big BMW 6 Series coupé, but unlike the Jaguar XK, you can have it with a thoroughly excellent six-cylinder diesel engine rather than a thirsty petrol V8. This means that when you take it on the sort of cross-continental tours it was designed for, you’ll get respectable fuel economy and, thanks to a large fuel tank, a huge range.
Aside from numb steering, the 6 Series is very agreeable to drive. If you avoid M Sport suspension and big wheels and get a car with adaptive suspension, it will deal with the very worst potholes without causing you any concern, and there’s very little discernible wind noise to disturb the peace. It’s amazing to think that you can buy a three-year-old example now for less than £25,000, considering it cost nearly three times that when new.
We found: 2016 BMW 640d Coupé SE, 28,423 miles, £24,277
7. Volkswagen Scirocco R
Ordinarily, the Volkswagen Scirocco wouldn’t feature in a list of £25,000 coupés, because most used examples can be picked up for thousands less. But we’re focusing on the four-wheel drive R model that’s a bit more of a performance machine and therefore that little bit more special.
It’s by no means the fastest hot coupé out there, but it is a very capable one in tricky conditions, and you’ll be able to exploit its power more often, thanks to impressive traction out of corners.
We found: 2017 Volkswagen Scirocco R 2.0 TSI 280, 13,789 miles, £21,491