| 2nd November 2010
Coupes are one of the more exciting, if not practical, body-styles on the market, but that often translate into one of the more expensive body-styles on the market too.Having said that, we’ve rounded up a selection of coupes that suit most wallets – ranging from the bank-manager-friendly Mercedes CLC up to the Jaguar XKR grand tourer, via a hybrid coupe.What exactly constitutes a coupe is a matter of some ongoing debate, of course, and whether these qualify as the best examples on the market is up for debate too. We’ve tried to round up five coupes that will suit a selection of wallets, lifestyles and priorities.They may be the staple of the mid-life crisis or the yummy mummy but that’s not a bad thing, it just means they’re stylish, usually performance orientated and nippy.BMW M3
The M3 is the out-and-out high performance model in this top five and that is reflected in its price tag of around £53,000.In the same way, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are not high on its agenda, so don’t expect to scoot around London for free.
What is a priority for the M3 however is performance. It will clear 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and has an extensive range of engines starting with a 2.0-litre and peaking with a 3.0-litre petrol V6.It’s a seriously powerful car and if it’s performance and extravagance you prefer then the M3 is a good choice.As a result it lends itself perfectly to leasing and Askaprice.com is the place to go for BMW M3 leasing and finance deals
and offers.Jaguar XKR
The XKR is a supercharged development of the XK line and comes with a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine capable of clearing 60mph in 4.6 seconds.And even that figure can be improved upon by an optional speed/black package for yet more white-knuckle thrills.
As with all Jaguars there is a high level of interior quality and comfort in the XKR, though it’s not at the expense of performance.The XKR is often seen as a cheaper option to one of Aston Martin’s offerings; while Jag may prefer not to label it as such, that’s quite an accolade for a coupe that costs between £58,000 and £72,000.Askaprice.com is the perfect location to find a range of Jaguar XK car leasing deals
including personal contract hire and outright purchase offers.Nissan 370Z
Nissan probably isn’t the first manufacturer that comes to mind when you’re considering a coupe, but in the form of the 370Z, it should be.Nissan’s coupe has always generated support and celebration for its performance but it was often considered to raw to be a genuine contender. However the new generation 370Z has tackled those issues and allied performance with refinement.
As the name suggests, the stylish coupe house a 3.7-litre V6 engine that delivers 322bhp and this large output is combined with a system called synchro rev control. The system helps to maintain control and composure when changing gear and cornering and makes a massive difference to the vehicle from the previous model.The 370Z is also relatively cheap for a car of such quality, priced between £27,000 and £35,000.Askaprice.com has a wide range of options for the personal leasing of a Nissan 370Z
Not for nothing has Mercedes carved a reputation for superior build quality and style, and even though the CLC isn’t the most obvious choice in the current Benz range, it offers inexpensive access to the Mercedes range.The CLC is another comfortable and refined car from the German giants, and that’s quite a feat for a 2+2 seater.
However the CLC is an entry-level vehicle. While that means the CLC will fall short of the quality of other more high-end Mercs it does mean it’s a lot cheaper.What needs to be remembered when considering the CLC is that you are driving a Mercedes. This means it has an inherent quality and the residuals of any car from the manufacturer never depreciate too much. Mercedes price the vehicle from £20,000 to £24,000 and Askaprice.com offers a range of online car leasing quotes on Mercedes-Benz CLC coupe’s
The CR-Z is a mad-looking coupe that takes a lot of its styling cues from the Civic, and its price and general performance undercuts a lot of the more praised coupe’s on the market.As with all Honda models, you can expect the CR-Z to be supremely reliable and it’s also a petrol-electric hybrid – the only one in this top five, and one of only a handful on UK roads.
This means two things: it’s good for the green minded motorist; and some of the initial expense is recouped in the long term running costs of the car.It’s the only coupe in this top five with CO2 emissions below 120g/km at 117 g/km and similarly its combined fuel economy is enviable in this present company.Therefore, while it may lack the performance and luxury of say the Jaguar, it more than makes up for it in terms of running costs alone.And it’s something of a bargain too, with pricing ranging from £16,000 to £21,000.You can buy a new Honda CR-Z