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Best new cars for 2019

As 2018 draws to a close it’s time to have a look at what 2019 has in store for us – quite a lot, as it turns out.

In 2019 you can expect to see the launch of a number of new hybrid and electric cars, as manufacturers diversify their ranges. The range of SUVs you can choose from is also going to grow as our thirst for their cool styling and practical interiors seems unabated.

Keep reading for an expansive run down on all the new models you can expect for 2019.

Audi

Conveniently, Audi’s the first manufacturer on our list and provides a perfect snapshot of what the car world has in store for 2019 – being that is a launching a gaggle of new SUVs and a purely electric car.

The e-tron is the first electric car Audi will sell

The latter is the 402hp Audi e-tron an electric-powered SUV that can get from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a range of nearly 250 miles. It’s also pretty handy in bends with a clever four-wheel drive system that makes arcing tail slides exceptionally easy to do. Good to know, though most people will be more interested in its beautifully designed, high-tech and very practical interior.

The Audi RS 5 offers an exceptionally fast way to transport the family and their luggage

Also confirmed for 2019 is the Audi RS 5 Sportback – the performance version of Audi’s five-door coupe. It has a 450hp, 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 that’ll get it from 0-62mph in around 4 seconds and quattro four-wheel drive that means you’ll be able to deploy all of that performance, all of the time.

We also expect Audi to have a couple more unconfirmed cars under its hat, including the Audi Q4 – a coupe version of the Q3 SUV – and the Audi RS 7 – a 600hp version of the Audi A7 Sportback

The latest R8 has 620hp – it’ll be quick…

Finally, at the start of 2019 you can also expect to see the Audi R8 facelift which gets some light styling changes and a slight rise in power. The Audi A1 and Q3, meanwhile, go on sale in late 2018.

BMW

If Audi has a wave of cars on the way, then what’s coming from BMW is more of a Tsunami – spearheaded by the new BMW 3 Series saloon that arrives in the spring, followed by the estate version in August.

The BMW 3 Series will be the posh family car to choose if you enjoy driving

The latest version of the company’s most-popular model gets smart new looks inside and out and high-tech infotainment tech. More importantly for a car that puts the S in sports saloon – clever new suspension and the option to fit an electronic differential means the 3 Series is likely to redefine the benchmark if you’re looking for a sensible, posh saloon that’s a barrel of laughs to drive.

The next BMW 1 Series will be front-wheel drive to give it more interior space

Almost as important as the 3 Series is the new BMW 1 Series, which will arrive in August. It’s set to scrap the current car’s rear-wheel drive in favour of front-wheel drive, which allows for more predictable handling in slippery conditions and extra interior space because of the engine’s neater packaging. Like the 3 Series, the 1 Series will get a posher interior with the latest voice-activated infotainment system.

In terms of the saloon lineup, the only other change will be a spring facelift for the BMW 7 Series. Expect light exterior and interior changes including a revamped infotainment system.

The X2 M35i is a small SUV you can drive like a hot hatch

It’s a sign of the times that there will more new BMW SUVs than saloons. That covers the full range of sizes kicking off with the BMW X2 M35i that arrives in the spring. Its quick version of the sporty SUV coupe with a 2.0-litre engine producing 306hp and four-wheel drive. It gets from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds and comes with adaptive M Sport suspension.

The BMW X3 M and X4 M (a coupe version of the same car) are also performance SUVs, though they’re not set to hit showrooms until summer. They’ll come fitted with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that’ll be good for north of 400hp. Combined with a clever four-wheel-drive system, that should be enough to get both cars from 0-62mph in a shade over four seconds.

Next in line is the BMW X6 – the coupe version of the X5 SUV will share that car’s mechanicals but cloaked in a prettier body. Compared to the old model, it’ll get a vastly improved interior and will be available with a range of engines including the M50d which has no less than four turbochargers.

The X7 means BMW finally has a true rival to the Range Rover

At the top of the SUV tree is the new BMW X7, scheduled to be with us in April. The all-new flagship should be great to drive and also very luxurious. Its huge size means it is also the company’s first true seven-seater (the third row in the X5 is only suitable for kids) and all models come with a glass roof that should make them feel light and airy inside.

Unlike the Porsche Boxster, the BMW Z4 can be had with a turbine-smooth six-cylinder engine

In 2019 BMW’s range will also be joined by four new sports cars starting with the BMW Z4 convertible. It gets striking styling and a choice of engines with four or six cylinders. It’ll got head to head with models such as the Porsche Boxster and is set to go on sale in March.

The 8 Series Convertible is BMW’s answer to the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet

Then there’s BMW 8 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe. The former is a drop top of version of the 8 Series Coupe due on sale in April 2019, while the latter is a four-door coupe version of the same car that’ll go on sale at the end of 2019.

Finally, there’s the M8 sports car a more focussed version of the 8 Series coupe with the same 600hp, 4.4-litre V8 and four-wheel drive (that can revert to two-wheel drive at the flick of a switch) found in the BMW M5. It’ll also hit showrooms at the end of 2019.

Citroen

You can expect the new Citroen C5 Aircross to land in showrooms in early 2019. Citroen’s large SUV will focus on providing excellent comfort with a body stuffed full of sound deadening and coming with the company’s innovative new suspension that should smooth out even the lumpiest of roads. Inside, the C5 will have lots of space for four people and their luggage – and it’ll get the same cosseting dual-foam seats we have already seen in the C4 Cactus.

Cosseting comfort is set to be on of the Citroen C5 Aircross’ strengths

Along with the regular C5, we can also expect to see the hybrid model launched towards the end of the year. It gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 180hp petrol engine combined with an electric motor that means it can drive for up to 31 miles using just electric power – that should make it very cheap to run if you have a short commute.

DS

Premium French brand DS will launch the DS 3 Crossback in spring 2019. The wackily styled small SUV gets an eccentric interior to match its exterior, but will offer space for four people and a boot that’ll swallow a couple of suitcases. It’ll be available with a variety of autonomous driving functions that’ll take the stress out of long journeys. The DS 3 will be launched with three PureTech petrol engines, but towards the end of 2019 you’ll also be able to choose an all-electric model that has a range of 190 miles.

The DS 3 Crossback is a premium SUV with a French twist

In the same year, DS will also launch the DS 7 E-Tense 4×4. It’s a hybrid version of the company’s large SUV – it has 300hp, making it very quick, but can also run for up to 37 miles on electric power alone.

Ford

The big news over at Ford is the impending launch of the new Ford Focus ST. Rumoured to have a 2.3-litre turbocharged engine (not the 1.5-litre three-cylinder previously mused)  producing at least 275hp. The Focus ST could well be the hot hatch to beat given that the regular Focus is already the best car to drive in the class.

Before the ST, though, we can expect to see the full roll out of the regular Focus with posh Vignale, practical estate and quasi SUV Active models joining the range around the start of 2019.

Meanwhile, 2019 will also bring a facelifted version of the Ford Edge, which’ll get a refresh inside and out and the addition of at least one new engine.

Honda

Honda is another manufacturer launching hybrid and electric cars in 2019. The first of those is the Honda CR-V Hybrid, which uses a petrol engine along with two electric motors to return fuel economy of more than 50mpg – which is excellent for a large petrol SUV. The Honda CR-V has grown in size so will have more interior space and gets an improved infotainment system.

The Honda Urban EV is one of the coolest cars that’ll be launched in 2019

More exciting is news that the Honda Urban EV will also go into production at the end of 2019, following its rumoured revel at the Geneva motor show in March. Originally shown as a concept at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, it’s an all-electric city car with low running costs and extremely cool, retro styling. Tantalisingly, the show car proved so popular that Honda is unlikely to change much of the car’s design.

Hyundai

The Hyundai i30N has already showed us what the company’s N performance department it’s capable of and it’ll now be joined by a sleek Hyundai i30 Fastback N version. It has more rear legroom and a bigger boot than the hatchback and shares its performance with up to 275hp on tap, a crazily loud sports exhaust and a limited-slip differential for lots of grip when powering out of bends. It will be on sale by February 2019.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is a sleeker version of the brilliant i30 N

If you fancy the i30N’s looks without the high running costs, then around the same time the i30 range will also gain the N Line trim level – which gets you things like sporty front and rear bumpers and big wheels, on a regular i30.

The Nexo is the first hydrogen-fuel celled car you can buy in the UK

If that all sounds a bit boring then the Hyundai Nexo is the perfect tonic. It’s a hydrogen-fuel-celled car that emits water rather than nasty fumes as a byproduct of its propulsion. Not that anyone will know because its clever tech is hidden under a practical, but unspectacular, SUV body. Expect to see the Nexo in showrooms from March 2019.

Infiniti

Infiniti’s range might be in desperate need of a refresh, but we’ll have to wait until the end of 2019 to see a new model. It is the Infiniti QX50 a large SUV with striking looks and a clever variable-compression engine, although Infiniti only quotes fuel economy of 32.4mpg – miles off what you’ll get from a diesel SUV. The Infiniti will have a practical interior and the option of four-wheel drive.

The Infiniti QX50 will be the only car on sale with a variable-compression engine

Jeep

While the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – the sporty version of the company’s largest SUV – arrives at the end of 2018, the start of 2019 will see the launch of the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. It gets a high-tech four-wheel drive system with a low-range gearbox, extra ground clearance and smaller bumpers that are less likely to get ripped off when tackling steep slopes and boulders.

The Trailhawk will be based on the standard Jeep Compass

Kia

Next year will see the launch of four new models from Kia. Likely to be the most important is a new addition to the Kia Ceed family that’s widely tipped to be a small SUV joining the range at the end of 2019. It’ll be more stylish than the Ceed it is based upon, but will likely use the same engines including a high-tech 118hp 1.0-litre petrol. Although the new SUV won’t be an out and out offroader, it is expected to be available with four-wheel drive on top-of-the-range versions.

Kia is expected to reveal a Ceed SUV in 2019

The Ceed range will also be bolstered by the Ceed GT – a quick version of the standard car – and the Proceed GT, which will use the same 204hp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, but get a sporty shooting-brake, swept-back estate-car body.

The Ceed GT is a warm rather than a full-blown hot hatch

The last new addition will be the new Kia Soul EV, which is likely to come towards the end of 2019. It’s a practical hatchback powered by an electric motor that’ll have a range of more than 200 miles and get from 0-62mph in under eight seconds.

Lexus

The first quarter of 2019 is set to be an exceptionally busy period for Lexus – with four new models heading to showrooms near you.

The Lexus UX is another posh SUV landing in 2019

Expected to go on sale by March, the new Lexus UX will be the most pivotal – it’s a small posh SUV with a roomy interior and a 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s twinned with an electric motor. Despite having nippy performance, it should be able to return fuel economy of 50mpg.

The Lexus ES’ styling provides the perfect contrast to conservatively styled German saloons

The Lexus ES that goes on sale in January will beat it to showrooms, though. It’s a striking alternative to German luxury saloons such as the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. It’s posh on the inside, although not as spacious as its alternative and also comes with an infotainment screen that is frustrating to use. On the upside, the ES is a hybrid with a 2.5-litre engine boosted by an electric motor to help it return fuel economy of around 60mpg – very impressive for a petrol car this size.

Mazda

While Mazda will announce more on a rotary-engined hybrid in 2019, the year’s main focus will be the new Mazda 3 – first shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show as the Mazda 3 Kai concept. The production car will be revealed at the LA motor show in 2018, before the car goes on sale in the first quarter of 2019. Expect the sensible family car to look similar to the concept model and – as is common with every Mazda currently on sale – to be great to drive. It’s set to get a lean-burning 190hp 2.0-litre petrol that’ll be capable of delivering fuel economy that is comparable to a diesel model.

The 3 Kai concept previews the new Mazda 3

Mercedes

Mercedes is another German manufacturer on the verge of launching a number of new models. One of the most anticipated is the Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic (the A35 is already on sale) hot hatch. The fast version of the Mercedes A-Class is set to get north of 400hp and a 0-62mph of around four seconds thanks to a grippy four-wheel drive system. It’s expect to go on sale towards the middle of the year.

The Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic is set to be the performance hatch to beat in 2019

The four-door coupe version of the A-Class – the CLA – meanwhile, is expected a few months after it makes its debut at the Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show in January.

The Mercedes EQC is another electric SUV due in 2019

The only other confirmed date we have is a summer on-sale date for the new Mercedes EQC SUV – Mercedes’ mid-sized electric SUV. It’ll have all the space a family of four needs, as well as getting from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and having a range of up to 280 miles.

That’s all the Mercedes will confirm for now, but in the coming months expect to hear more on the GLA and GLB SUVs.

Mini

The coming year will see the launch of the Mini EV an all-electric version of the Mini 3-door. Minor styling changes – like a blanked out grille – will mark the EV out from the regular Mini. The new car is likely to share its motor and battery with the BMW i3 (BMW owns the British company) so you can expect the Mini EV to have a range of 160 miles and a 0-62mph time of around seven seconds.

The Mini EV electric car will be a direct rival to Honda’s Urban EV

Peugeot

Peugeot is another manufacturer that’s set for a busy 2019. That kicks off with the new Peugeot 208 that’s set to be revealed at the Geneva motor show and go on sale around autumn next year. It’ll get an all-electric model as well as offering across-the-board improvements in interior, technology and space. Later in 2019, the Peugeot 2008 SUV will be revealed, sharing many of the 208’s parts.

The 508, 508SW and 3008 will all get petrol-electric hybrids in 2019

Also coming in autumn are PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) version of the 508, 508SW and the 3008. All will have a short-electric only range that’ll make them cheap to run if you have a short commute and low CO2 emissions which will make the exempt from paying London’s congestion charge.

Polestar 1

If you think that frugal petrol-electric hybrid cars are clever, but boring – then the Polestar 1 is car that might just change your mind. On sale towards the end of 2019, its carbon-fibre body looks Volvo-like, but more svelte – no accident because Polestar is Volvo’s performance brand. The Polestar 1’s turbo and supercharged 2.0-litre engine and twin electric motors produce the equivalent of 600hp. As a result, it’ll get from 0-62mph in under four seconds and have an all-electric range of more than 90 miles.

The Polestar 1 hybrid is one of the most desirable cars going on sale in 2019

Porsche

News doesn’t get much bigger than announcement of a new Porsche 911. Called the 992, it’ll be a heavy reworking of the current 991, with a revised range of turbocharged engines and a smarter interior. Expect to hear more about it in 2018, before the car goes on sale in the first half of 2019.

Later in the year you can expect to see the reveal of the Porsche Taycan electric sports car and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe – a sportier looking version of the company’s large SUV.

Car fans rejoice – there’s a new Porsche 911 on the way

Land Rover

One of the biggest models of 2019 is expected be the Range Rover Evoque, which our spies have already spotted testing at the Nurburgring. It will improve on the concept car looks for the current model, while inside you’re likely to get a stacked touchscreen infotainment system. The Evoque is likely to be available as a plug-in hybrid as well as being offered with a range of conventional powertrains.

Renault

Renault will get the ball rolling with its splurge of new models when it launches the facelifted Renault Kadjar at the start of 2019. It’ll get exterior and interior styling tweaks and at least one new engine.

Underneath all that there’s a new Renault Clio.

Much more important to the company, however, is the launch of the fifth generation of its small car – the Renault Clio. Expect it to get smart new looks and a simpler interior than the current Clio with larger infotainment screens. It’ll get a range of small turbocharged petrol engines that provide punchy performance but are also frugal to run.

In 2019, you can also expect to see facelifted versions of the Renault Twingo city car and the Renault Zoe, but the all-new Renault Captur isn’t due until 2020.

SEAT

SEAT is will launch the all-new SEAT Leon in 2019, it’ll be based on the new Volkswagen Golf and will get sharper styling and a higher-quality interior with larger infotainment screens than the current model. It is also tipped to be getting petrol-electric hybrid power that’ll offer brisk performance as well as low running costs.

The new SEAT Leon will be based on the latest VW Golf

Skoda

Skoda’s 2019 onslaught will kick off with the launch of the Skoda Kodiaq vRS. A quick version of the company’s venerable seven-seater SUV. It has a 240hp twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine that’ll get it from 0-62mph in seven seconds, hit 137mph and return fuel economy of nearly 50mpg.

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is a diesel seven-seater with two turbos

The replacement for the Rapid – the Skoda Scala – will follow a little later. It’s set to grow in size and to be significantly smarter inside than the car it replaces.

Towards the middle of the year we’ll see a face-lifted version of the Skoda Superb. It’ll get the usual light restyle inside and out, but the big news is that it’ll be offered as a plug-in hybrid model that’ll be free from paying the London Congestion Charge.

Finally, there the Skoda Vision X – or at least that was the name of the concept car, which previews Skoda’s new small SUV. It’ll arrive in the first quarter of the year and will be ideal if you’re looking for a car that is surprisingly spacious for its size.

The Skoda Vision X previews the company’s new small SUV

Tesla

The Tesla Model 3 is the electric car firm’s answer to the BMW 3 Series. In other words, it’s a small sports saloon that costs buttons to run and is exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge. Its interior has space for four and the company’s trademark huge infotainment screen. Question is, can Tesla sort out the shoddy build quality that’s been largely reported in the US?

Tesla’s Model 3 will rival sports cars for straight line speed

Toyota

The most important new model Toyota will launch in 2019 – there are five in total – will be the new Toyota RAV4. The latest version of Toyota’s mid-sized SUV gets chunky looks and should be reasonable off-road, too. You, however, will be more interested to hear that it has posher, more spacious cabin than the old model and comes with a 2.5-litre petrol-electric motor that’ll make it cheap to run and extremely quiet when it electric-only mode.

The new Toyota RAV4 will be available as a hybrid

The Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car, but its never struck a chord with UK buyers. That could well change with this new model (it actually replaces the dowdy looking Auris) with a striking new design. It’ll have more interior space than the old car and will come with a choice of hybrid engines. You’ll also be able to choose from an estate model with a massive boot.

Toyota’s not known for its striking designs which makes the new Corolla something of a novelty

A few months after the Corolla you’ll see the launch of the new Toyota Camry – an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo. It’ll get the same corporate front look as the Corolla and will also be available with hybrid power that’ll return fuel economy of more than 60mpg and get it from 0-62mph in under nine seconds.

The much talked about Toyota Supra sports cars sits at the end of the scale. If the barrage of press releases fired out by the company didn’t have you switch off – it did us – then you’ll know it’s already on sale via the company’s website with cars expected to be delivered to their owners in September 2019. This be the third car to wear the Supra badge and gets a turbocharged straight-six engine and an engaging drive that should appeal if you’re an enthusiast.

Vauxhall

With the PSA’s recent acquisition of Vauxhall you can expect the manufacturer to launch a number of new models in the coming two years, 2019’s offerings, however, are expected to be limited to face-lifted versions of the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa.

Volkswagen

In terms of launches, 2019 is set to be a huge 12 months for VW as it revel as the latest (Mk8) version of the Volkswagen Golf. It’s set to modern new look, a smarter, more spacious interior and mixture of mild and full-hybrid engines. We expect it to arrive sometime in the summer.

The new Volkswagen Golf is likely to be offered with a choice of hybrid engines

Before the Golf lands in showrooms though, you’ll be able to get your hands on the new Volkswagen T-Cross. The trendy SUV is based on the VW Polo and shares its engines. However it has more space inside making it a good choice if you have a family. It’s only available with two-wheel drive, meaning it is an off-roader in looks only.

The VW T-Cross is trendy but also very practical for its size

That leaves the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake – a stylish estate, which hasn’t yet been confirmed for the the UK. And performance version of the  Volkswagen T-Roc R

Volvo

Volvo’s entire range has been overhauled in the last couple of years, which means 2019 will be relatively quiet for the Swedish car builder. That said, you can expect to see the new Volvo V60 Cross Country go on sale right at the start of the year. A four-wheel-drive version of Volvo’s mid-sized estate, it’ll get rugged body cladding designed to protect the paint work should you take the car off road.

The Volvo S60 will be offered with a 390hp hybrid motor

Towards the middle of the year, you’ll be able to buy the Volvo S60 – Volvo’s alternative to the BMW 3 Series is genuinely sporty and available with a powerful petrol-electric hybrid engine that means it’ll cost buttons to run, but also pretty damn quick.

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