Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Coupés

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1 Jaguar F-Type coupé

Jaguar F-type: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 winner

This is a car that’s the complete opposite of a mass-produced beige family hatchback that has been built to a price. The F-Type coupé looks, feels and sounds alive. Too alive in some cases.

In the first cars, the V8 supercharged engine had so much power that it felt like it wanted to wrest the car off the road and into the nearest hedge. The addition of all-wheel drive curbs the sense of  danger but retains the excitement. there are V6 variants but if you can afford it the V8 is the one to have.

  • Price: £51,760 – £91,660
  • Our pick: Jaguar F-Type 5.0 V8 Supercharged AWD, £91,660
  • Engine: 5000cc, supercharged V6
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 4.1sec
  • Top speed: 186mph
  • Fuel/CO2: 31.7mpg/269g/km

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2 BMW 4-series

BMW 4-series: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016

Styled to look long, wide and low, the 4-series is the handsome coupé sibling of BMW’s 3-series saloon. There’s space in that back for two adults and inside you will find a solid, well-built cabin, but  it’s the pin-sharp driving agility that really makes this car sparkle, particularly when it’s been fitted  with M Sport suspension.

Paired with the six-cylinder petrol turbo engine in the 435i, it’s divine, but the 428i is a better all-rounder with decent fuel economy and strong performance.

  • Price: £30,125-£57,055
  • Our pick: BMW 428i M Sport, £36,520
  • Engine: 1997cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 5.8sec
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Fuel/CO2: 42.2mpg/156g/km

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3 Mercedes C-class coupé

Mercedes C-class coupe: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars

Just on sale is the latest sportier version of Mercedes’ C-class saloon, which manages to look even more expensive than its high starting price.

Previous versions have left the driver feeling a bit detached but this one is a star, with rapier-like handling and an AMG version that wants to rocket you into the distance with every press of the accelerator. Optional air suspension should make it a relaxing cruiser, too.

  • Price: £30,995-£61,160
  • Our pick:  Mercedes-Benz C 250 D Sport coupe (£36,120)
  • Engine: 2143cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 6.7sec
  • Top speed: 153mph
  • Fuel/CO2: 67.3mpg/109g/km

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4 Audi TT

Audi TT coupe: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016

The latest TT is the first that is as good to drive as it is to look at — as long as you avoid the bigger 20in wheels, which spoil the ride. The interior is also a great place to be in, thanks to traditionally sound Audi design, the use of high-quality materials and impeccable assembly.

The configurable digital instrument binnacle is a particularly nice touch — you can set it up to show the speedo and rev counter, for instance, or sat nav map and even the radio tuner.

  • Price: £27,150-£42,495
  • Our pick: Audi TTS quattro coupé, £39,245
  • Engine: 1984cc, four-cylinder turbocharged
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 4.9sec
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Fuel/CO2: 38.7mpg/168g/km

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5 Porsche Cayman S

Porsche Cayman: The Sunday times Top 100 Cars 2016

With its blend of superb balance, telepathic steering feel and feedback, fantastically predictable responses and sense of quality, the Cayman is an incredibly rewarding drive. That’s true even for the 271bhp entry-level car, but trade up to the 340bhp S 3.4 and the experience is sublime.

Inside, you’ll discover a cockpit that feels as if it’s been built around you, with a perfect driving position easy to find.

  • Price: £39,694-£64,451
  • Our pick: Porsche Cayman S 3.4, £48,783
  • Engine: 3436cc, flat-six
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 5.0sec
  • Top speed: 176mph
  • Fuel/CO2: 31.4mpg/211g/km

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Top 100 Cars 2016 contents
  1. Top 5 Sports Cars
  2. Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs
  3. Top 5 Luxury & Prestige Cars
  4. Top 5 Electric & Hybrid Cars
  5. Top 5 City Cars
  6. Top 5 Superminis
  7. Top 5 Hot Hatches
  8. Top 5 Two-seat Roadsters
  9. Top 5 Warm Hatches
  10. Top 5 Supercars
  11. Top 5 Family Convertibles
  12. Top 5 Coupés
  13. Top 5 Compact Crossovers
  14. Top 5 Large Crossovers
  15. Top 5 Five-seat MPVs
  16. Top 5 Seven-seat MPVs
  17. Top 5 Mid-size Estate Cars
  18. Top 5 Large Estate Cars
  19. Top 5 Mid-size Family Cars
  20. Top 5 Large Family Cars


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