An all-wheel-drive coupe is a car for the consumer who doesn’t want to compromise.
If you’re in the market for an AWD two-door, it’s likely that you want style and performance without having to forego practicality or capability. Luckily for you, there are plenty of AWD coupes on the market today. Many of these are high-priced luxury or performance vehicles, as all-wheel-drive coupes are quite a specialized product and thus don’t sell in very large numbers, but we’ve included a few entries that are more slightly more affordable.
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So if you want a two-door vehicle but live in an area that’s often snowy or experiences inclement weather, scroll below to see AutoGuide’s picks for the 10 best AWD coupes on sale in 2019. If you think we missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comment section.
Best AWD Coupes
Dodge Challenger GT AWD
The Dodge Challenger GT is the only American muscle coupe available with AWD. That’s right — the Mustang and Camaro are leaving Dodge to go it alone in this sub-category. Unfortunately, you can’t get the Challenger’s 5.7-liter, 6.4-liter or 6.2-liter V8s with AWD. The coupe’s 305 hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the only engine offered in the Challenger GT, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s not fast, but the Challenger GT is surprisingly capable for what it is and also comes with nice standard equipment like heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
Lexus RC AWD
The Lexus RC coupe is offered with AWD in the RC300 and RC350 trims. The RC300 is powered by a 260 hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the RC350 receives a more powerful 311-hp version of the 3.5-liter. Somewhat strangely, the rear-wheel drive Lexus RC coupe has an eight-speed automatic transmission, while AWD models are stuck with a six-speed automatic. You cannot get the range-topping Lexus RC F with AWD, unfortunately – that 467 hp performance model is offered with RWD only. This is often the case, as AWD is heavier than RWD.
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8. Infiniti Q60 AWD
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe offers AWD drive up and down the model range. The entry-level 208-hp 2.0-liter model is offered with AWD, as are the mid-tier models with the 300 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The range-topping Q60 Red Sport is also AWD and pairs it with a 400-hp version of the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine. A seven-speed automatic transmission is also offered with all models. The Q60 Coupe is a good rival to the aforementioned Lexus RC, so if you think you might like either of these AWD coupes, you may want to check out both at their respective dealerships.
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BMW 4 Series xDrive
The current BMW 4 Series will be replaced by a new model any day now, with BMW having already introduced the next-generation 3 Series sedan. This older 4 Series is still a solid offering, though. The cheaper 430i model is offered with BMW’s xDrive AWD system and pairs it with a 248 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. If you desire a bit more power, there’s also the 322 hp 3.0-liter turbo inline-six 440i xDrive. The BMW M4 isn’t offered with AWD, though this may change for the next-gen model.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe 4Matic
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is a direct competitor the 4 Series, but it’s a more up-to-date model, so we placed it higher on our list. Its offers AWD on the C300 4Matic model, which has a 244-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The C43 AMG 4Matic, which has a 385-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and nine-speed transmission, also comes exclusively with AWD.
BMW 2 Series xDrive
The BMW 2 Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on sale and is quite unique for having AWD drive on offer in such a small two-door package. It offers AWD on two models: the 248-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 230i xDrive and the 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six M240i xDrive. Both the 230i xDrive and the M240i xDrive feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jaguar F-Type gets points for offering AWD on numerous models. The F-Type AWD has a 374-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6, as do the AWD F-Type R-Dynamic and F-Type Chequered Flag trims. The F-Type R has a 542-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and is only offered with AWD. Similarly, the range-topping F-Type SVR has a 574-hp version of the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and is only offered with AWD. Not many small two-seat cars pair performance and looks like the F-Type’s with AWD – so good on you, Jaguar.
The R35 Nissan GT-R is a staple of the automotive market and for good reason. It pairs a 565-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and six-speed dual-clutch transmission with a sophisticated AWD system. It also has seating for four and a well-appointed interior, although some other cars in this price range are better equipped and luxurious inside. If you’re in the market for a true sports car but also want AWD, the R35 Nissan GT-R is definitely worth a look — don’t be fooled by its age.
The Audi A5 is a sophisticated, comfortable and relatively affordable luxury coupe that has standard AWD on all models and trim levels. The base engine is a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while the S5 model has a 349-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. The range-topping model, the RS5, has a 450-hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6. All Audi A5 variants are offered with the German automaker’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is king of the AWD coupes. The 911 has been in production forever, is fun to drive, reliable, somewhat practical, and has a huge fanbase and following. The new 2019 Porsche 911 992 Carrera 4S is offered with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine making 444 hp. An eight-speed PDK transmission is the only available transmission right now. Prototypes for the 992-generation Porsche 911 have been spotted with a manual, though, so it seems as though it may be on the way shortly.
Future 992 Porsche 911 variants may also be offered with AWD, such as the forthcoming 911 Turbo, although Porsche has not yet provided details on these.