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Five Surprisingly Practical Coupes

By raccars Published

Buying a coupe doesn’t mean compromising on practicality – the latest coupes from a range of manufacturers strike a compelling balance between space and style.

You may think that catering for your passengers and luggage will mean head-turning looks are off the menu, but these five cars prove otherwise…

Read on to discover five great-looking cars that could just prove the perfect replacement to your practical family hatchback or estate.

BMW 3 Series Coupe

What it is?
Timeless two-door coupe version of BMW’s iconic 3 Series.

Why is it so practical?
This is a two-door car but, as it’s based on the 3 Series saloon, it offers much of that car’s interior space: the rear cabin has been carefully designed to deliver reasonable comfort to two adults. Even the boot is a good size.

What makes it so good?
Few cars drive as well as BMWs and this is no exception. Handling and driver engagement from the rear-drive chassis are faultless and some very powerful engines deliver the expected performance.

How much can I buy one from?
BMW 3 Series Coupe prices start from £3000 (2001 car)

What should I check?
Evidence of clocking, lack of service history, rusty front wings on early cars, flashing engine warning lights

Mazda RX-8

What it is?
Clever coupe-look car with brilliantly hidden rear doors!

Why is it so practical?
Think the Mazda RX-8 is just a two-door coupe? Look again – when the front doors are open, two small rear doors can be opened rearwards too, revealing a surprisingly spacious cabin for two. Getting in and out is tricky but, once in, those in the back will be amazed how comfortable it is.

What makes it so good?
It’s not just the doors that make this Mazda unique: it also has a smooth rotary engine, an agile rear-drive chassis and, best of all, bargain prices when new that translate into exceptional value on the used market.

How much can I buy one from?
Mazda RX-8 prices start from £3000 (2004 car)

What should I check?
Service history, oil level, general condition of rotary engine, rattling suspension, worn clutches.

VW Scirocco

What it is?
Volkswagen’s head-turning coupe sibling to the famous Golf.

Why is it so practical?
The Golf platform means that although it only has three doors, it still has plenty of space inside. The boot is commodious too, proving deep, wide and with the added benefit of a hatchback bootlid.

What makes it so good?
The Scirocco is just as easy and reassuring as its popular hatchback sister car, but blends this solidity with sleek looks and some punchy engines (particularly the 265hp Scirocco R). Sharper handling also means it’s fun through the corners.

How much can I buy one from?
VW Scirocco prices start from £11,000 (2009 car)

What should I check?
Misfires, uneven paint quality, interior trim rattles

Mercedes-Benz CLS

What it is?
Mercedes-Benz’ groundbreaking and trend-setting four-door coupe.

Why is it so practical?
This is a large car based on the E-Class platform, which combines a flowing coupe-style roofline with the practicality of four doors. Adults will have no complaints in the rear, it’s that large – no wonder if’s proven to be such a trend-setter.

What makes it so good?
This really is a coupe without compromise. The styling is perfect enough to make it a modern classic and the quality underpinnings also deliver the high-quality, premium drive buyers expect. AMG models are incredibly fast.

How much can I buy one from?
Mercedes-Benz CLS prices start from £12,500 (2006 car)

What should I check?
Interior trim rattles, clocking, cars lacking sat nav are worth less

Audi A5 Sportback

What it is?
Audi takes the stylish A5 Coupe and gives it two rear doors.

Why is it so practical?
Audi has been clever here. It’s based on the A5 Coupe two-door, but has a redesigned roofline that’s almost as sporting yet also gives the extra space needed to take two rear doors. Some clever work inside means it has the space there, too – a genuine alternative to an Audi A4 saloon.

What makes it so good?
The A5 has a huge range of trims and engines, most of them powerful, meaning choosing an A5 Sportback should give a decent driving experience to match the super styling. The TDI diesel engines are impressively fuel efficient too.

How much can I buy one from?
Audi A5 Sportback prices start from £16,500 (2009 car)

What should I check?
Excessive oil consumption, cars with lots of optional extras commanding ambitious prices

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