With their fixed roof, two doors and sloping rear there’s something about a coupe. Sleek, stylish and, in many cases, sporty to drive, meaning a tantalising package for those wanting a more invigorating vehicle.
Although the market is constantly evolving, coupes have remained popular-selling cars and look like they’ll be around for a good while yet.
There are plenty of new options on the market, but there are some great quality used coupes too – especially ones you can’t buy new anymore. Here are some of our favourites.
Introduced in 2012, the Japanese coupe is the product of a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. In fact, Subaru ended up with a very similar-looking coupe of its own – but we’ll come to that one later.
The GT86 was seen as a good stepping stone into the sports car market, with its rear-wheel drive layout giving people the same fun driving style as more expensive alternatives.
The 2.0-litre, 197bhp petrol boxer engine used was characterful, while the manual gearbox on offer was sharp-shifting. The 2+2 has a reputation for reliability, meaning that even older versions will maintain their quality on the used market.
Examples on the AA Cars site start from £10,500, with updated models from 2017 starting from £18,475.
Audi introduced the TT in 1998, with the curvy model now considered to be a design classic. Since then, the German firm has made the coupe much sharper to look at and drive.
Audi dropped the diesel option from the latest version of this model. But older versions are still available with a diesel engine if drivers want an iconic model with good fuel efficiency. If motorists want more excitement, the used market has S and RS options, which come with extra power and a more dynamic setup.
Original TT models are on offer from £1,495, while TTs from the current generation start from £11,495.
Brought in as a replacement for the 1 Series Coupe, the 2 Series has proved to be a more than capable replacement since it was introduced in 2014 alongside its Active and Gran Tourer siblings.
BMW consistently builds models with a dynamic setup. The compact 2 Series is no exception and is great to drive, especially when in M235i or M240i guise. An even sportier version, the M2, is also available, although it’s much more expensive to buy.
The 2 Series comes with a great level of equipment from entry-level options, with used options starting from £8,995.
As the spiritual successor to the E-Type, Jaguar’s F-Type has some serious pedigree behind it. On sale since 2013, the sports coupe is the flagship Jaguar model and is offered with 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines.
The sharp styling and excellent setup make for a wonderful package, and is a key rival on the British market for the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Audi TTS.
Used versions of the F-Type are available from as little as £28,890.
Brought into circulation as the hard-top version of the popular Boxster convertible, the Cayman is a baby 911 but is no less capable.
First introduced in 2005 with the 2ndgeneration Boxster, the Cayman was originally offered with a 236bhp 2.7-litre petrol engine. A more potent 3.4-litre petrol S option developing 291bhp.
More recent models have come with the same trademark driver involvement as the original, but feature improved tech and additional power from the engines to improve excitement.
Original models are on offer from £10,490, although examples from the latest generation cost from around £35,000.
Now out of production, the last version brought the Scirocco name back in 2008 after being scrapped 16 years beforehand.
The Golf-based coupe looks great and came with a series of efficient petrol and diesel engine options, as well as the 258bhp R version. Along with being nice to drive, the Scirocco came with a decent level of equipment.
Used models on AA Cars start from £3,995.
Based on one of the top saloons on the market, the E-Class Coupe was introduced alongside the Convertible as a replacement for the CLK-Class in 2009. The first version of the 2-door model came with an impressive equipment line-up. The current model only improved on that and offered sleeker styling.
Only the latest generation has an AMG version, although the E500 on the original was as good as an AMG thanks to a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. Mercedes made sure that people wanting more efficient power units were catered for as well, with a series of BlueEfficiency petrol and diesel engines.
Pre-owned models start from around £7,000.
Much like the Mercedes E-Class Coupe, the Audi A5 is based on one of the best saloons around – the A4. But the A5, available as a 2- and Sportback 4-door, is a more handsome offering and is now in its 2ndgeneration.
Although you could buy the first iteration with a series of frugal diesel engines, the pick of the range was the petrol-powered RS5. The latest model comes with a similarly varied line-up of efficient diesels and peppier petrol offerings.
Used A5 models on AA Cars start from around £4,500.
After 14 years out of the BMW line-up, the 6 Series returned in 2003 as a coupe and convertible alternative to the 5 Series.
Although the looks won’t be for everyone, the 2ndand 3rdgenerations are the only ones available with 2-door styling. The latest model is only available as a 5-door ‘fastback’, known as the Gran Turismo. The previous versions were also offered as the ballistic M6, which came with V10 and V8 engines respectively.
Pre-owned 6 Series models are available from less than £4,000.
The only real difference between the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86 is the badging and a couple of pieces of equipment.
But due to the reduced badge appeal, you can get better used deals on the Subaru. The BRZ comes with the same 2.0-litre petrol boxer engine and choice of manual or automatic transmissions. It’s as reliable as the GT86 because it’s built on the same production line as the Toyota.
Used BRZ models start from £11,995 on AA Cars.