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Used Car of the Year Awards contenders: coupes
You’ll have to wait until 30 September for the winner of the 2021 What Car? Used Car of the Year to be announced, but you can get a preview of the top contenders here...
Less than £15,000
The Scirocco looks great and drives really well. Being based on the contemporary Golf, there's a fine range of engines and even enough space in the rear to carry full-sized adults. The handy hatchback and fold down rear seats also increase practicality.
The Audi TT has an impressive number of What Car? wins behind it because few others offer quite such a complete package of tidy handling, long-distance cruising refinement, surprising practicality and a fantastic interior design with unparralled build quality.
BMW 4 Series
Drivers who prefer something a little bit sportier will appreciate the sharp handling a BMW 4 Series. The boot of has a smaller opening than the more useful hatchback of the TT, but you can at least get two extra passengers in the back of this BMW, which you can't do with the TT.
Less than £22,000
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé
One of the major disadvantages of a traditional two-door coupé is that getting people into the back seat is awkward. Not so with the 4 Series Gran Coupé thanks to its extra rear doors. It drives pretty much as well as the regular 4 Series, and as long as you avoid an example with massive alloy wheels, you will be treated to a decent ride, too.
The four-door Volkswagen Arteon may seem like an oddity here, but it's one of a growing range of more versatile coupés for those that want the style but need additional practicality. To that end, it even has a hatchback-style rear opening and a huge boot.
Mercedes C-Class Coupé
The current C-Class Coupé is a bit of a head-turner on the outside, looking far sleeker than the C-Class upon which it's based. The interior is equally attention-grabbing, too, and there's a decent amount of space for two adults to travel in the back.
Less than £35,000
Perhaps you'd fancy something a little different from the usual coupé choices, to which there is the Ford Mustang - particularly one featuring a mighty 449bhp V8. It certainly has enough power to out-muscle a V6 S F-Type, even if the big 'Stang can be a little unwieldy on UK roads.
Many will lust after the supercharged V8 version, but in truth, the V6 S still has more than enough power for you to enjoy yourself. Practicality can be a problem as the boot is tiny, but the F-Type is so engaging to drive that you won't mind having to make multiple trips if you can't fit all your luggage in the first time.
Audi A5 Coupé
The A5 is one of those well-rounded coupés that does everything you ask of it without causing a fuss. It's even pretty practical by coupé standards, and we could find plenty of low mileage or nearly new examples withing budget thanks to a recently launched facelift.
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