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Top five cost-effective coupes

  • Five stylish coupes that don't cost the earth
  • Each will hit 62mph in under 10 seconds...
  • ...yet has tax bills of under £160 per month

Written by Gareth Evans Published: 12 September 2012 Updated: 12 September 2012

If you’re after a bit of stylish motoring but don’t want to break the bank, there’s a range of coupes out there that look the part but have an efficient model for lower tax bills.

In this feature we’ve picked out our five favourites and listed how fast they are, how much they’ll cost you, plus how far they’re theoretically capable of travelling between trips to the filling station.

Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0TDi BlueMotion Tech

Why buy?

The Scirocco is a good-looking coupe based on the excellent Golf. It’s comfortable and drives incredible well. Thanks to fuel-saving BlueMotion technology it is capable of some impressive economy and emissions figures, which helps keep company car tax down.

0-62mph: 9.3 seconds

Top speed: 129mph

P11d value: £22,170

BIK percentage: 17%

Cost per month*: £126

Range: 760 miles

Audi TT 1.8T FSI Sport

Why buy?

Audi’s TT has proven very popular. It’s a sure-footed and well-built machine that’ll serve you well for many years. There are myriad options available in terms of trims and engines, but we’ve found that although you can have a diesel engine, the 1.8-litre petrol is a better bet for lower bills because of the 3% levy on diesel cars.

0-62mph: 7.3 seconds

Top speed: 140mph

P11d value: £23,885

BIK percentage: 20%

Cost per month*: £159

Range: 534 miles

Hyundai Veloster 1.6 GDi Blue Drive

Why buy?

The quirky Veloster has an interesting trait: it has two doors on one side and one on the other. This means in theory it boasts 50% better practicality for rear seat passengers than the other cars in this feature. Distinctive styling and a fairly efficient diesel engine add to the appeal of this Korean contender.

0-62mph: 9.7 seconds

Top speed: 125mph

P11d value: £18,175

BIK percentage: 18%

Cost per month*: £109

Range: 527 miles

MINI Coupe 1.6 Cooper Coupe

Why buy?

Another car with what we’d describe as ‘distinctive’ styling, the MINI Coupe certainly stands out. That ‘baseball cap’ roof really turns heads. It’s not all about style though – the looks have been dictated by the need for better aerodynamic properties, meaning the Coupe is faster than any other MINI in production.

0-62mph: 9.0 seconds

Top speed: 127mph

P11d value: £16,585

BIK percentage: 16%

Cost per month*: £88

Range: 460 miles

BMW 1 Series Coupe 118d ES

Why buy?

Probably the best drivers’ car in this feature, the 1 Series Coupe has a beautifully balanced chassis, rear-wheel-drive and steering with lots of feedback. It’s got a smart interior, will be seriously reliable and thanks to a diesel engine isn’t too expensive to tax, either.

0-62mph: 9.0 seconds

Top speed: 130mph

P11d value: £22,215

BIK percentage: 17%

Cost per month*: £126

Range: 704 miles

 *Company car tax is based on 2012/13 Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) bands and is quoted for a 40% tax payer. P11d values do not include any optional extras.