You don't need $70,000 to buy a cool four-door-coupe.
Audi recently announced pricing for the all-new 2019 A7 Sportback. Like the previous A7, this new model still features a four-door design with a coupe-like roofline and practical liftback trunk. Gone is the old 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and eight-speed automatic in favor of a turbocharged unit sending 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch. The cost for all of this Sportback magnificence? A shade under $70,000. Don't have that kind of cash to spend on a new car? Don't worry, because we have seven cheaper alternatives to a new A7.
The 2019 A7 may be packed with all of the latest technology, but why settle for just 335 hp when you could have a whopping 560 horses at your disposal? For less than the price of a new A7 you could get a used RS7, which is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing a massive 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It may not have the modern technology found in the new car, but the loud exhaust and 3.5 second 0-60 mph time should keep you entertained. Used prices start at around $60,000.
Let's be honest, the 5 Series Gran Turismo may be the ugliest car BMW has ever produced. The 5 Series GT was BMW's attempt to build a car with the practicality of a wagon and the ride height of an SUV. Unfortunately, the end result looked terrible. Since the 5 Series GT was ugly, they have now become incredibly cheap on the used market. The 550i GT was powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 400 hp, which was later upped to 445 hp in 2014. This is far more than a new A7, and used examples can be found starting at around $13,000 with prices topping out at $45,000. It may be ugly, but it provides excellent value for money.
While the 5 Series GT was one of the ugliest car's BMW ever built, the M6 Gran Coupe was one of the prettiest. It may not have the liftback design of the A7, but the M6 makes up for it with a 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. Fans of rear-wheel-drive will enjoy the M6 Gran Coupe, and it was even available with a manual transmission. Used prices start at around $45,000.
Like the M6 Gran Coupe, the Mercedes CLS is a four-door-coupe that lacks that liftback design of the A7. Don't fret, because, in exchange for storage space, you'll get a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 520 to 575 hp. Mercedes kept improving the performance of the CLS63, culminating in the 2015 S 4-Matic model with 575 hp and all-wheel-drive. Prices start at around $32,000 but can reach closer to $70,000 for newer S models.
The Audi A7 is an amazing car, but it was nowhere near as sporty as its corporate cousin the Porsche Panamera. The Panamera was RWD-based, whereas the A7 was AWD, and it also had that intangible Porsche handling and driving feel. For less than the price of a new A7, you can get a Panamera Turbo or Turbo S, which is powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbo producing between 500 and 550 hp depending on the year. Prices now start at under $35,000.
Audi is a very prestigious brand, but ask yourself this - would you rather have an Audi or an Aston Martin for the same price? We know that exotic cars like Aston Martins suffer from extreme depreciation, which is why used Rapide models can now be found for less than half of their original price. The Rapide was powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 470 hp. It may not be the fastest car on our list, nor does it have the biggest back seat, but it is arguably the prettiest car with the best sounding engine and it still has plenty of trunk space. Amazingly, a used Rapide can be picked up for less than $70,000.
So far this has been a list of affordable used cars, but we wanted to propose one new option for all of those readers out there who simply must have something brand-new with a warranty. The Kia Stinger is a magnificent car, one that would make us question buying a "luxury" vehicle such as an Audi or BMW. Starting at around $38,000 for the GT model with the 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, the Stinger represents insane value over any equivalently powered Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. You may not get the Audi badge, but for around $30,000 less you'll be getting a car with more power as well as similar size and performance.