Coupe or sedan? For years the undecided have had to choose between more sportiness or greater comfort, but lately those who prefer to give “a shot to the rim and one to the barrel” has a very wide choice between models and versions that in the past did not exist at all.
The 4-door coupe are characterized by a very sleek line and a sloping rear, a very sloping rear window and a roof that lowers sharply in correspondence with the rear seats (which remain 3 or in some cases, 2), just a coupé, but with two more doors. In this way, rear access is easier, but the sporty soul remains very strong.
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The expression “4-door Coupe” has sometimes been used to define sedans with a particularly streamlined and dynamic line, as in the case of the first Volvo S60, but never in an official way. At least until the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, which christened the first generation of Mercedes CLS, a completely new model that was positioned just halfway between the E-Class and the CLK.
The competition took a while, but then it exploded: BMW responded by including the model called Gran Coupé in the 6 Series range, characterized by the addition of rear doors, then replicating the experiment with the 4 Series Gran Coupé and more recently, also with the revived 8 Series and the compact Series 2. The latter is the direct response to the Mercedes CLA, launched by Mercedes in 2013.
A year earlier Volkswagen proposed the Passat CC with the same principle, a model derived from the popular media, but with a very personal line, whose acronym was the acronym of “Coupé Comfort”, rather truthful since it was distinguished more by the soundproofing and quality of life on board rather than pure dynamism. Later renamed simply CC, today it has been replaced by Arteon.
Slightly different speech for Audi, which has tried to stand out by proposing the A5 and A7 Sportback, of the siile philosophy but equipped with a sort of half tailgate that incorporates the rear window and therefore makes loading a little easier. Same solution for the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé 4.
The 4-door coupe is a real middle ground, but with some sacrifices. Longer than a normal coupe and therefore also heavier, this variant has a roofline that still forces you to lower to sit in the back, where headroom is obviously more limited than on a sedan of similar size, such as the rest the load compartment.
However, the performance is slightly better than a classic 4-door, due to a sporty setting, a lower line and suspension with specific tuning.
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|Step||281 cm||281 cm||281 cm||287 cm||294 cm||294 cm|
|Trunk||445 liters||480 liters||480 liters||425 liters||490 liters||540 liters|
|Weight||1.700 kg||1.615 kg||1.690 kg||1.925 kg||1.935 kg||1.980 kg|
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|Consumption||7 l / 100 km||7.8 l / 100 km||7.7 l / 100 km||5.6 l / 100 km||5.7 l / 100 km||5.7 l / 100 km|
|Price||62.550 euro||66.350 euro||59.550 euro||74.830 euro||96.240 euro||75.180 euro|
- Sporty yet elegant image
- Rear accessibility better than a coupe
- Good compromise between comfort and dynamism
- Larger dimensions than a coupe
- Less load and practicality than a sedan
- High price
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