Check out our take on the best priced entry-level luxury coupes for sale in Canada
Would it surprise you to find out that the entry-level luxury coupe market is actually much stronger than that of higher-end two-door models? Although still a niche in the overall automotive spectrum, there's definitely more choice when seeking an affordable luxury coupe, which makes it that much harder to try and decide where to spend your hard-earned dollars.
Check out our take on the seven best priced entry-level luxury coupes to buy.
1. 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC - $48,100
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC is all-new for the current model year - and its fresh platform brings with a host of upgrades and improvements that were previously seen on its four-door C-Class cousin. This means a slew of active safety features that thoroughly modernize the vehicle, alongside a styling update that brings it closely in line with the range-topping S-Class coupe perched at the pinnacle of the Mercedes-Benz two-door line-up. Under the hood the C300 4MATIC features a 2.0-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that's good for 241 horsepower, which is matched with standard all-wheel drive (making it an excellent winter warrior).
2. 2016 BMW 428i - $49,450
While the Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe might be easy on the eyes and comfortable out on the road, it's not exactly the most sporty of the entry-level luxury coupes you can buy. Fortunately, for those interested in handling that's a cut above average there's the 2016 BMW 428i, which shares the same platform as the vaunted BMW 3 Series sedan, albeit in two-door coupe form. The 428i's 240 horsepower, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine is a close match for its Mercedes-Benz competitor, but unlike the Silver Star car you can swap in a 6-speed manual transmission for the standard automatic. It's also worth nothing that the BMW doesn't make all-wheel drive available outside of its options list, so you'll have to pay a bit more for an all-weather traction advantage.
3. 2016 BMW 228i - $36,200
Of course, if you're willing to 'get small,' you can extract even more performance out of an entry-level luxury coupe from BMW. Ditch the livable back seat of the 4 Series and dive into the world of the BMW 2 Series - specifically, the 2016 BMW 228i, which not only undercuts the 428i's MSRP by over $13,000, but also employs the same 240 horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder mill. With its lighter chassis and shorter wheelbase, the 228i makes better use of the turbo motor once the roads turn twisty, and like the 4 Series it offers a choice between manual and automatic, and rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.
4. 2016 Audi A5 - $44,700
The 2016 Audi A5 splits the difference between the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe when it comes to both comfort and performance. In addition to its attractive silhouette, the Audi A5 delivers one of the best interiors in the business and you also get a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 220 hp along with a quattro all-wheel drive system free of charge. A 6-speed manual transmission is actually standard with the A5 (as opposed to a no-cost option with the 428i), and you get a fairly large trunk to boot.
5. 2016 Audi TT - $51,600
In an unusual case of role-reversal, Audi's smallest coupe - the 2016 Audi TT - actually costs more than its larger A5 cousin. Blame its baby-R8 styling and its nimble handling for the substantial sticker shock, because it actually shares its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with the turbocharged A5 (where it makes the same 220 hp). One wrinkle added to the mix is a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission as the Audi TT's only available gearbox, with no traditional manual or automatic option in the cards to go with its quattro all-wheel drive.
6. 2016 Cadillac ATS - $43,790
Looking to step outside the European template for an entry-level luxury coupe, and save some money in the process? The 2016 Cadillac ATS offers a compelling alternative to luxury fare from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. It's safe to say that the Cadillac ATS has the best-tuned chassis when it comes to cutting loose on a two-lane back road, and its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder motor offers up a healthy 272 hp, making it the mightiest model on our list. A 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission are available with the ATS, as is the option of all-wheel drive.
7. 2016 Lexus RC - $48,290
Coming in as a dark horse in the best-priced entry-level luxury coupe derby is the 2016 Lexus RC. Sporting a V6 engine that stands in stark contrast to the turbo fours offered by the other options on this list, the 2016 edition of the Lexus RC maintains its extroverted styling, especially when ordered in F Sport trim, which accents the sharp lines and creases of the coupe. Power is competitive with BMW and Mercedes-Benz (255 hp), but just below that of the Cadillac ATS. The RC is exclusively offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is included with the base model.