Smooth, suave and sophisticated: the coupé is the sharp suit of the automotive world, sacrificing a little in terms of ultimate practicality for stylish looks and a smart image.
Fortunately, a cornucopia of crushingly competent coupés on the used car market means one of these terrific two-doors is within your reach. So if you only need occasional rear seats and fancy something a little more dashing for your drive to work, grab a cup of tea and have a read through to find out which our 10 favourite used coupés money can buy – and which one we rate as the best.
Best used coupés
10. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 is the coupé for the keen driver, with sharp responses, a superb chassis and fabulous amounts of feedback. You do have to live with some compromises – a slightly gutless engine and cheap-feeling interior, for example – but if you simply want a coupé that’s a joy to drive on a fast, twisty road, this is it. Throw in the five-year (from new) warranty and Toyota’s enviable reputation for reliability, and there’s plenty to love.
We found: 2013 2.0 D-4S, 32,000 miles, £13,998
9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé
Comfortable and classy, the last-generation Mercedes C-Class Coupé makes a lot of sense if you need a smart two-door with enough space for the kids. It isn’t quite as sharp to drive as some rivals, but the payoff is a smoother ride – stick to SE versions if that’s a key requirement, because sportier models can be a bit firm. Diesel models are noisy, too, although they are at least efficient.
8. BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6 Series lacks the status of some of the larger coupés, but as a result it’s great value as a used buy. What’s more, it’s comfortable, quick, cosseting and extremely handsome – and with a choice of diesel or petrol engines, it can be respectably efficient. Only BMW’s questionable reputation for reliability spoils it somewhat, as does an interior that feels perhaps a touch on the ordinary side.
We found: 2013 640d M Sport, 24,000 miles, £25,000
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