Guide to Buying a Coupe in Australia

Navigate the world of coupes in Australia and discover a range of compelling options across various budgets with this Savvy guide.
Published on April 29th, 2024
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Adrian Edlington
Adrian Edlington is PR & Communications Manager at Savvy. With a keen interest in personal finance, car loans, the mortgage industry, cost of living pressures, electric vehicles and renewable technology, Adrian's research includes conducting primary data surveys and analysis of up-to-the-minute secondary Australian data sources. His work on behalf of Savvy has been featured on ABC.net.au The Conversation, the Sydney Morning Herald, AFR, News.com.au, The Age, Herald Sun, Adelaide Now, SBS On The Money, 7News, Car Expert, Which Car, Drive.com.au and more. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys mountain biking and business podcasts.
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If you're someone who appreciates style and speed in a car, then a coupe could be the car for you. With their sleek design, dynamic performance and driver-focused set-up, coupes offer an exhilarating driving experience like no other. However, navigating the coupe market can be daunting, especially with the array of options available in Australia. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the coupe’s key features and highlight the top contenders across different price ranges.

What is a coupe?

A coupe is a type of car body style characterised by its sleek and sporty design, typically featuring two doors, a sloping roofline and a compact interior layout. While they are sometimes referred to as two-door sedans, unlike sedans, coupes typically prioritise style and performance, offering a more dynamic driving experience. Here's a breakdown of the coupe’s key features:

  • Sleek design: coupes have a flowing roofline that creates a sporty and elegant look.
  • Two doors: traditionally, coupes have two doors on either side. However, some modern exceptions have four doors marketed as “four-door coupes”, maintaining the sloping roofline with increased passenger access.
  • Limited seating: due to the design, coupes offer limited rear seat space or may forego them altogether, focusing on a driver-centric experience with comfortable front seating.
  • Sporty character: coupes are often associated with performance and handling. They might have more powerful engines and stiffer suspension compared to sedans, making them more fun to drive on winding roads.
  • Reduced cargo space: the sloping roofline can limit cargo space compared to a sedan or hatchback. However, some coupes offer fold-down rear seats for increased cargo flexibility when needed.

What are the best coupes in Australia?

Australia offers a diverse range of coupes to suit different requirements. Here are some top options for each category for 2024:

Coupes under $50,000

Subaru BRZ Coupe

Subaru BRZ
Subaru BRZ

Price: from $47,180 driveaway.

The Subaru BRZ Coupe offers a range of impressive features designed to enhance both performance and comfort at an affordable price. Under the hood, it boasts a potent 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, providing ample power for exhilarating drives. The coupe rides on stylish 18-inch alloy wheels and offers the choice between a responsive 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Inside, you'll find bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift, dual-zone climate control and an integrated infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, keeping you connected and entertained on the go. The car also includes safety features such as reverse camera, blind spot monitoring and lane change assist to provide added convenience and peace of mind.

Mazda MX-5 G20 Roadster

Mazda MX-5
Mazda MX-5

Price: from $44,889 driveaway.

The Mazda MX-5 G20 Roadster combines style, performance and advanced technology to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, it offers precise control and responsiveness on the road. Inside the cabin, you'll find a leather-coated steering wheel, climate control air conditioning for optimal comfort, along with convenient features like cruise control. Safety features include blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert and brake support for both forward and reverse driving. Additionally, rear parking sensors and a reverse camera enhance convenience and safety while manoeuvring. The infotainment system, with an 8.8-inch screen, supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with wireless or USB connectivity, ensuring seamless integration with your smartphone.

Coupes under $100,000

Nissan Z Coupé

Nissan Z
Nissan Z

Price: from $81,601 driveaway.

The Nissan Z Coupe offers an exhilarating driving experience with its powerful 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine, available in both manual 6-speed RWD and automatic 9-speed RWD options. It boasts striking 19-inch dark metallic forged alloy wheels, adding to its sporty appeal. Inside the cabin, drivers will find an 8-inch display audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seamlessly integrating their smartphones for enhanced connectivity. The car is equipped with an 8-speaker premium Bose audio system for an immersive sound experience. Comfort is prioritised with heated front seats featuring leather-accented trim. Safety features include front, side front and side curtain airbags, along with 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Additional safety measures include an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, blind spot warning and intelligent cruise control.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200
Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé is a luxurious and sporty four-door coupe that offers seating for up to five passengers. Equipped with an automatic transmission and powered by a 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, this coupe delivers a smooth and effortless driving experience. As standard, it comes with a range of advanced features such as a 10.25-inch central touchscreen display, ambient lighting, AMG Line styling and a panoramic sliding sunroof. The exterior boasts sleek LED headlamps and 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, while the cabin features Artico leather steering wheel and heated front seats for enhanced comfort. Multimedia and safety features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, active brake assist, blind spot assist and active lane keeping assist, among others.

Coupes over $100,000

Porsche 911

Porsche 911
Porsche 911

Price: from $298,387 driveaway for the 911 Carrera.

The Porsche 911 offers a range of variants, each with its own set of features and specifications tailored to meet different preferences and driving needs. Its most basic model is the 911 Carrera Coupe. As standard, the 911 Carrera Coupe comes equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine, it provides exhilarating performance with either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission. The exterior showcases 19-/20-inch Carrera wheels, side skirts and retractable door handles, while the interior boasts sports seats with memory package, ambient lighting and a 12.3-inch full digital TFT meter display. Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, along with advanced driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot assist. The infotainment system includes a 10.25-inch central touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation module and Bose surround sound system.

Ferrari 296 GTB

Ferrari 296 GTB
Ferrari 296 GTB

Price: from $568,300 before on-road costs.

The Ferrari 296 GTB is an evolution in Ferrari's lineup, focused on maximising performance, driving fun and usability. With its groundbreaking technology and striking design, the car offers a thrilling driving experience both on the road and the track. The model introduces the innovative 120° V6 engine coupled with a plug-in (PHEV) electric motor, capable of delivering up to 830 cv. Advanced control functions enhance the driving experience, including the groundbreaking ‘ABS evo' controller and grip estimator integrated with the EPS. It has a compact, modern design and with over 20 available colours, choice of rims, brake colours, seats and carpet colours, there is ample opportunity to personalise your car.

Electric coupes

Polestar 4

Polestar 4
Polestar 4

Price: from $85,691.65 driveaway.

The five-door, five-seat electric Polestar 4, technically an SUV-coupe, offers two powertrains catering to diverse driving styles and environments, enhancing real-world range and driving experience. Its low centre of gravity, balanced weight distribution and carefully tuned suspension components deliver a confident driving experience with sharp steering response. Inside, the car features up to 8-way adjustable sports seats in the front and electric recliner seats in the rear for optimal comfort. Advanced features include built-in Google apps, 5G internet connectivity and a 15.4-inch frameless centre display. The spacious interior provides ample cargo room, and innovative features such as animal mode and car wash mode offer convenience and safety. Additionally, advanced driver assistance systems like the driver monitoring system and pilot assist enhance safety and provide peace of mind on the road.

Prices and information correct as of April 2024.

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