For some, settling for a run of the mil non-premium family car is not good enough. It's good then that there are some "specials" out there on the used car market.
During the past decade, the 'Four-Door Coupe' has started a revolution that is very much alive and has manufacturers rolling out their own iterations.
We're still fond of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, as we are of the Audi A7 or one of the many examples out there. Since the concept was pretty much invented in Europe, we'll stick with this market and save up an imaginary €25,000, with which we'll scour for one of the most popular used car websites in the entire Union.
The heart craves what the eyes sees, thus great design is a prerequisite in this niche even if it means sacrificing a bit of practicality.
Without further ado, here are five cars you should be considering for €25,000 tops if you're in the market for an attractive second-hand four-door coupe.
#1 - Mercedes-Benz CLA
The CLA is by no means the cheapest car in this list. Some of the other models tend to even fall frequently under €20,000 when used, but the CLA is still fresh enough and attractive enough to hold on to its value. This is both a good thing and a bad thing - depending on which side of the spectrum you're standing on, but since we're playing this with a full 25k in our pockets, let's say that it's a good thing because it falls right within our price range.
As a matter of fact, you can even get a brand new one in Germany for a couple of extra thousand Euros, but for the sake of argument, let's say that's not an option here.
The CLA is meant to be Merc's "baby CLS" and stand out from the rest of the pack. This it does, but cost cutting is evident in certain parts of the interior. Something's got to give...
Still, worth considering are versions such as the CLA 180 with its 122 PS but also the frugal CLA 200 CDI and 220 CDI.
#2 - Audi A5 Sportback
Right away, the A5 Sportback looks as the favorite in this list. Facelifted models haven't aged at all badly and they pack seriously punchy engines and a lot of nice tech inside.
Plus, aesthetically speaking, you've got LEDs announcing your arrival and a genuine reason to tell people that this car really is a 4-door coupe. Really. Like, technically. For some, that might make a big difference, don't you think?
We recommend you go for a nicely specced A5 Sportback (S Line) with the S tronic dual clutch gearbox (avoid the Multitronic CVT) and the 3.0 V6 TDI engine.
#3 - Volkswagen CC
The VW formerly known as the "Passat CC" is an excellent way to buy into this automotive lifestyle. You pretty much have everyone with a regular mid-size saloon admiring your ride and on top of that you'll often feel like you're driving a premium car.
It's a very nice car to drive, you can maneuver it easily and precisely, and you can buy a fully loaded example for said budget. In fact, you could get a R-Line spec model or any one of the other flagship versions.
The DSG will make things a lot easier for you in traffic. Also, if you don't necessarily need to go for the newer, facelifted model, the older car can cost you anywhere between €10,000 and €15,000 - and who's going to say no to coming away with some serious vacation money?
#4 - Mercedes-Benz CLS
Thought we forgot about the first-ever four-door coupe? Of course not. The original CLS (W219) held its ground from 2004 until 2010 and pretty much revolutionized the way we look at four-door sedans.
Even to this day, it looks pretty special and if you're willing to take a chance on it, you can buy one for VW CC money quite easily. Having your wits about you, you'd probably want to consider spending as much as possible on it just to make sure that it doesn't have a billion miles on board, making it less likely to break down or offer you a bad ride.
Dynamically speaking, you'll be quite satisfied with it, even by 2016 standards. It's got great stability at high speeds and a classic yet timeless interior. In terms of versions, you could get anything from the CLS 55 AMG to the CLS 500, 350 or the 320 CDI. Decisions, decisions, right?
#5 - BMW X6
In case you haven't noticed, we kind of went by size when we put together this list. Not price, not overall attractiveness. Seemed like the right thing to do.
So here's the biggest, baddest boy you could get your hands on for €25,000. There's not much we can tell you about the first-gen X6 that you don't already know, so we'll just go straight to engine recommendations.
You'll probably want to stay away from the xDrive50i if you're concerned with fuel economy, but otherwise, you should know that that model is definitely within your price range.
Between the xDrive35d and the xDrive30d, you'll want to consider the latter unless you're craving the extra bump in power and torque, for reliability purposes. Also, the petrol-powered xDrive35i could be a great choice as well.
Feel free to let us know which of these four-door coupes you would fancy owning in return for your hard-earned 25k.