Sports cars and coupes with big boots

Fancy a sports car or coupe but you’re not prepared to sacrifice practicality? Here are some stylish options with surprisingly large boots

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 30, 2021

Opting for a sports car or coupe means you’re prepared to sacrifice some practicality in favour of style and performance. At best, you might have a pair of seats with limited legroom in the back, but many sporty cars tend to be designed for just two people and a little luggage.

However, as our list of sports cars and coupes with big boots demonstrates, getting an exciting car needn’t mean you have to leave your luggage at home. All of the cars on our shortlist offer enough boot space to rival a family hatchback, so you might find that you don’t need to have something overly sensible on the drive.

Granted, it’ll be more difficult to load heavy items into a sports car or a coupe than a people carrier, and some might not offer the convenience of folding rear seats or a wide boot opening. Deploy some Tetris-style packing skills, though, and you’ll be good to go.

All of the cars on our shortlist can be delivered to your door faster than you can say 'don’t forget to pack your toothbrush.' Actually, it’ll take a little longer than that, but your new sports car or coupe could be ordered from home with BuyaCar and delivered to your door within a week or so.

Sports cars with the biggest boots

1. Porsche 718 Cayman

Used deals from £36,559
Monthly finance from £586*
Boot space 334 litres

It seems wrong to focus on the practicality of a car like the Porsche 718 Cayman when it's such an exciting machine to drive, but that’s why you’re here, so that’s where we’ll begin. The sports car’s mid-engined configuration means you get two boots for the price of one.

There’s a 150-litre ‘frunk’ in the front under the bonnet, which is deep enough for two large squishy bags. At the back, there’s a further 184 litres of luggage space in a wider but shallower boot. Porsche says you can squeeze some luggage into the area behind the seats, but it’s not enough for anything beyond a couple of coats or your washbags.

Even the most affordable 718 Cayman is more exhilarating to drive than a hot hatchback, while running costs are kept in check by reasonable fuel economy of up to 31.7mpg. The generous amount of cabin space means you could certainly live with this Porsche on a daily basis.

2. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe boot

Used deals from £13,300
Monthly finance from £240*
Boot space 480 litres

While the BMW 4 Series Coupe offers some of the practicality of the 3 Series saloon, you could go one better by opting for the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Technically speaking it’s a five-door hatchback, but it’s a great choice for anyone looking for the convenience of rear doors and a large boot with hatchback, plus the sleek styling of a coupe.

The large hatchback bootlid opens to reveal luggage capacity of 480 litres, which is more than you’ll find in the standard 4 Series. For even more space, you simply fold the 40/20/40 split rear seats, which creates a near-flat load area and capacity to rival some smaller estate cars.

BMW calls the 4 Series Gran Coupe a ‘4+1’ seater, which means it’s designed for four, with the middle rear seat best reserved for occasional use only. However, the fact that it’s got a pair of rear doors gives the Gran Coupe the edge over the standard 4 Series.

BMW 4 SERIES GRAN COUPE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi A5 Coupe

Used deals from £12,699
Monthly finance from £239*
Boot space 450 litres

The Audi A5 Coupe is based on the practical and stylish Audi A4, so you get many of the benefits of the four-door saloon. Granted, practicality is limited by the absence of rear doors and a smaller boot, but this remains one of the most spacious coupes you can buy.

Indeed, the boot is the largest in its class, with 450 litres of space comparing favourably with the 480 litres of luggage capacity you’ll find in the A4. The wide boot opening makes it easier to load heavy items than with many other coupes, while extras like tie-down points, bag hooks and storage compartments increase the A5’s versatility.

While it’s not as sporty to drive as the Porsche 718 Cayman, the A5 offers the option of carrying passengers in the back, although you also have the ability to fold the 40/20/40 split rear seats to increase the size of the boot.

AUDI A5 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Used deals from £14,995
Monthly finance from £287*
Boot space 425 litres

As the name suggests, the Mercedes E-Class Coupe is based on the E-Class saloon. Up front, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two cars, but at the back, the Coupe gets a sloping roofline and two fewer doors. It’s arguably one of the most stylish cars of this type.

Boot space of 425 litres is excellent, so there’s more than enough room for a set of golf clubs or a large suitcase. Just be aware that the narrow opening makes it tricky to load large items - if it doesn’t bend, it might not fit through the gap.

That said, you do have the option of carrying items on the back seats when they’re not in use. Alternatively, the rear bench splits 40/20/40, so you can place larger items there, if they won’t fit through the boot opening. The front seats fold forward electrically, so your hands are free to do the heavy lifting. Don’t discount the smaller C-Class Coupe, as this offers a useful 380 litres of boot space.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Ford Mustang

Used deals from £26,990
Monthly finance from £424*
Boot space 408 litres

Practically probably sits a long way down the list of priorities for most Ford Mustang drivers, but you’ll be pleased to know that it’s surprisingly spacious. There’s 408 litres of luggage capacity in the boot, which is enough to hold two sets of golf clubs.

The boot is of a good shape and size, although loading is hampered by a relatively narrow opening, especially between the stylish rear lights. Avoid a Mustang with the optional Shaker audio upgrade if maximum practicality is important to you, as this eats into the amount of boot space.

There are two seats in the back, but these can be folded down to create more boot space. This might come in handy if you intend to take the Mustang on a two-week holiday in the sun loaded up with gear.

FORD MUSTANG BUYERS' GUIDE

6. BMW 2 Series

Used deals from £11,500
Monthly finance from £212*
Boot space 390 litres

You’re unlikely to choose a BMW 2 Series expecting the practicality of the BMW 1 Series hatchback, but the stylish coupe is surprisingly practical. Indeed, with 390 litres of space, the boot in the 2 Series is actually 10 litres larger than that in the 1 Series.

Sure, the narrow opening makes it less convenient than the 1 Series' hatchback arrangement, while the width of the boot is restricted by the wheelarches. Look out for models with the optional Extended Storage Pack, as this features a handy luggage net in the boot and a through-loading system in the rear seats to help with carrying long items.

There are only two seats in the back, so both rear-seat passengers will benefit from plenty of shoulder and elbow room compared with models that squeeze in three seats. The sloping roofline restricts the amount of headroom for tall passengers, but the seats are fine for occasional use.

BMW 2 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Lexus RC

Used deals from £18,855
Monthly finance from £297*
Boot space 366 litres

The amount of boot space you’ll find in the Lexus RC depends on the engine you go for. In the RC 300h hybrid version, you’re limited to 340 litres of luggage capacity, while the boot in the RC F high-performance model has a more impressive 366 litres. The difference between the two is the battery pack in the hybrid model.

In truth, the Lexus RC is a car designed for the driver and front-seat passenger, who will enjoy plenty of space and a cabin of superb quality. In the back, the seats are best reserved for children or occasional use, while getting into the back can be a pain - quite literally.

Rivals such as the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupe offer more boot space, but the Lexus RC scores highly for its individual styling, smooth running, hybrid option and excellent reliability.

LEXUS RC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Audi TT

Used deals from £14,500
Monthly finance from £251*
Boot space 305 litres

On the face of it, the Audi TT’s 305-litre boot might look a bit disappointing, especially in view of the luggage capacity of the Porsche 718 Cayman. However, many TT owners choose to use the rear seats for additional luggage space, which increases the car’s practicality.

This is hardly surprising when you consider that folding the rear seats increases the luggage capacity to 712 litres, which is a figure you’d associate with a large estate car or luxury SUV. It transforms the TT from a two-seater with two cramped rear seats for children into a spacious two-seater.

The high boot lip means it can be tricky to load heavy items into the back, but at least the opening is relatively large, thanks to the presence of a hatchback. If nothing else, the Audi TT proves that style and practicality do mix.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
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Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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