Used Toyota Celica Coupe 1999 - 2006 review

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Section: Our recommendations

1999 - 2006 review
Toyota Celica Coupe (99 - 06)
  • Toyota Celica Coupe (99 - 06)
  • Toyota Celica Coupe (99 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Celica coupe should I buy?

Leaving aside the many special editions which appeared towards the end of the Celica's life, your choice is little more than what colour you want.

At launch, the Celica was a one-model range, and the only significant addition came in December 2000, when a more powerful 190bhp engine joined the range. Although it had extra equipment - leather upholstery and climate control, for example - it really isn't worth the extra.

It has little more pulling power than the 140bhp version, and you need to rev the socks off it all the time to access the extra horsepower, which is too much like hard work.

The less-powerful car is every bit as quick in the real world and looks just as smart, so it's the model to choose. Even the equipment is good, with air-con, ABS, alloy wheels and electric front windows. If you want more than that, find a model with the optional Premium Pack, which includes leather upholstery and climate control.