Best Affordable Coupes In 2021< Back to blog
Coupe cars are renowned for their sporty, sloping rooflines and focus on delivering a fun driving experience. They also tend to comprise some of the best-looking vehicles out there. But what if you want one of these desirable cars on a budget?
Don’t worry, because we’ve put together a list of six of the best affordable coupes in 2021.
1. BMW 2 Series Coupe
If you’re looking for a compact, sporty car which wears a posh badge and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, look no further than the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
Not everyone wants five doors and a big boot; some people just want a car that looks good and is enjoyable to drive. Luckily, the 2 Series has plenty of characteristics that tick these boxes, including a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that offer plenty of gusto when you put your foot down.
There’s something seriously refreshing about the new BMW 2 Series with regards to its style too. Rather than slap a radically different grille on the front, BMW has kept the standard flat radiator grille featured across a lot of the other range.
Real exhausts on the back and unique headlights and taillights give the car a feeling of being well put together.
With prices starting from around £302 per month for a 2 Series lease deal, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
2. Mercedes-Benz CLA
Most of this extra pizzazz can be found at the rear of the car, where the back is sculpted. On top of this, there’s the obvious addition of a sloping roofline which doesn’t do much for practicality in the back. While legroom is still good, headroom isn’t if you’re over six-foot tall.
However, if you’re considering a coupe, practicality probably isn’t the primary characteristic you’re looking for in your car. Performance and style, on the other hand, is where the CLA comes into its own.
There are plenty of poky engines available in the CLA, including the 220d 2.0-litre diesel engine used in the bigger C-Class and E-Class saloons. It’s quick (0-60mph in 7.1 seconds), smooth (thanks to the automatic gearbox) and fuel-efficient (57mpg combined).
As for the petrol units, the CLA 200 and 250 are where you should look too – unfortunately the 180 is slow and needs working hard to get going. The latter is peppier than the diesel unit (0-60mph in 6.3 seconds), yet it’s far from thirsty (42mpg combined).
The brand-new Mercedes-Benz CLA range starts from around £296 per month on a lease deal.
3. Audi TT
We can’t think of many cars that has improved by leaps and bounds as much as the Audi TT has.
The Audi TT isn’t just a coupe, but a genuine sports car too. This third generation is good-looking and fun to drive, hitting that sweet spot every two-door coupe wants to nail.
All versions of the Audi TT are quick – even the entry-level 40 TFSI engine can reach 60mph from a standstill in just 6.6 seconds. However, the 45 TFSI unit is more powerful still, cutting this sprint time down to 5.8 seconds.
Typical to the Audi brand, there are a lot of clever gadgets onboard the TT which make it more than just a fun toy to drive. As standard, the entry-level Sport trim comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (this digitises the driver’s display, replacing analogue dials with a plush 12.3in digital display).
From a driving perspective there are systems such as progressive power assisted steering, Audi drive select with four driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual).
You can drive away in a brand-new Audi TT for around £298 per month when you choose a lease deal.
4. Audi A5
Audi purposefully loaded the A5 with a bunch of kit that make it look like a sporty coupe too. Larger intakes, a rear spoiler and diffuser at the back in matt aluminium silver complement the sloping roofline.
While the Audi A5 isn’t an asbolute thrill to drive, it does have really good steering and grip. Couple this with the powerful engines in the range and the comfortable, high-tech interior, and the A5 begins to look like a sensible choice.
Our favourite engine is the 2.0-litre petrol unit badged ’40 TFSI’. As standard it comes with the brand’s smooth, quick-shifting automatic gearbox and gets a healthy 204bhp. This powerful, refined engine goes from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, yet keeps good fuel economy stats (46mpg combined).
You can get your hands on a brand-new Audi A5 for around £338 per month on a leasing deal.
5. BMW 4 Series Coupe
It used to be the case that the BMW 4 Series was just a slightly modified version of the more sensible, ever-popular 3 Series. And when we say slightly modified, we literally just mean with a sloping coupe roofline.
But that’s no longer the case, and this latest 4 Series actually feels like you’re getting a lot more car for the extra money you pay over the 3 Series saloon. In fact, many experts consider the 4 Series as one of the best coupes you can drive.
Today, the 4 Series comes with a lowered centre of gravity, retuned suspension and stiffened chassis. Fun engines make up the 4 Series’ lineup too, which couple with these mechanical updates to deliver good performance, especially when cornering.
The BMW 4 Series is available to lease for around £345 per month.
6. Volkswagen Arteon
A four-door coupe with more than just sleek looks and a sporty drive going for it – the Volkswagen Arteon does something most cars in this class don’t. That is, it offers a considerable amount of room for passengers sat in the back.
Volkswagen calls it a ‘Fastback’, which is technically a branded term for a sloping coupe-like roofline. But the Arteon has plenty of presence about it because, rather than just being based on the more reserved Passat, it’s actually longer, lower and wider than it.
For a bigger car the Arteon is satisfyingly competent even when you choose the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol engine. Despite being the cheapest and least powerful unit, there’s still a tasty 150bhp which is smooth and powerful. The 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds feels punchy and there’s a good amount of shove once you hit motorway speeds too.
If you want, there are more powerful options in the range, including a plug-in hybrid model that combines a petrol engine and electric motor for a total power output of 215bhp. in EV mode you can travel 39 miles which contributes massively to fuel efficiency.
Company car drivers looking for a vehicle to use as a business car will get good BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax rates by choosing this model too, thanks to its lower CO2 emissions.
The Volkswagen Arteon range is available to lease for around £288 per month.
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