- Our pick of the best new cars for 2019
- SUVs continue to dominate marketplace
- Which cars should be on your radar?
What cars should you be looking forward to in 2019? Parkers is here to run you through the best cars worth waiting for – be they petrol, diesel or alternatively fuelled – and from what we've seen so far, it's going to be a great year for car buyers.
An emphasis on driver enjoyment as well as safety is shaping new car designs for 2019 – there’s a lot to look forward to regardless of your motoring tastes and budget.
17 important new cars for 2019
1. Audi E-Tron
2. BMW 3 Series Saloon
3. Citroen C5 Aircross
4. Hyundai Nexo
5. Kia ProCeed Shooting Brake
6. Range Rover Evoque
7. Lexus UX
8. Mazda 3
9. Mercedes-Benz EQC
10. Peugeot 508 SW
11. Porsche 911 Coupe
12. SEAT Tarraco
13. Skoda Scala Hatchback
14. Tesla Model 3
15. Toyota Corolla
16. Volkswagen T-Cross
17. Volvo S60
It’s only a pre-production model so far, but we’ve been for a drive in the new Audi E-Tron prototype to find out what the fuss is about. In terms of size, Audi’s first fully plug-in model sits between the Q5 and Q7, and it’ll reach 0-62mph in less than 6.0 seconds when in Sport mode.
Not just an SUV in looks, it also promises great off-road ability; Audi’s Drive Select system offers a choice of Offroad, Allroad, Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and a configurable Individual setting.
The E-Tron will be a strong contender against existing EV models like the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, as well as forthcoming plug-in electric vehicles coming like Mercedes-Benz’s EQC.
We first saw a glimpse of the new BMW 3 Series Saloon at the 2018 Paris motor show, and drove a prototype in camo around Nurburgring. It handled brilliantly – the steering is super-accurate with really high grip levels – the chassis felt almost as good as the previous M3. Ride quality is a bit jiggly on public roads though.
It has comfortable seats – as good as the 5 Series – but because it feels as wide as the 5, this affects its performance on narrow country lanes.
We can’t wait to test it properly once it’s formally unveiled to the public.
The SUV market is crowded, but Citroen is adding a super-comfortable and distinctive car into the mix with the C5 Aircross. It’s firmly aimed at families looking for a medium-sized SUV, being comfy and stylish, with loads of personalisation available.
Citroen is renowned for its comfortable ride, and the C5 Aircross’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions mean it irons out most of the bumps in the road, without feeling like you’re captaining a ship in the corners.
And, there’s an option for a massaging function in the front seats, if you need it to be even more comfortable.
With the Nexo, Hyundai is bringing us the cleanest, most environmentally friendly car available today; it’s a hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV, and it really feels like you’re driving the future.
We’re expecting it to be expensive, starting around the £60,000 mark, and it’ll remain expensive until the technology becomes more everyday. There also needs to be more investment in filling stations for such tech. It probably takes twice as long to refuel a hydrogen car compared to petrol or diesel, but that’s still significantly less time than recharging an electric car.
The Nexo is comfortable, and super easy to drive, plus it’s eerily quiet.
With previous versions of the ProCeed being three-door coupes, this 2019 offering will be a complete change for Kia – a five-door sporty estate.
It’ll be sportier than the more mainstream Ceeds – available in GT-Line and GT specs only. Kia’s seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty continues to come as standard.
It looks familiar but it’s new from the ground up, the new Evoque is packed full of new tech that brings it up to date.
So what’s new? The new 48-volt mild hybrid system recovers energy under braking, stored in a battery and used for low-speed driving and to boost performance when accelerating. There’ll also be a plug-in hybrid later in 2019.
There’s more glamour and quality in the cabin, and it has certainly been inspired by the Velar; there's a pair of 10-inch touchscreens and few buttons or knobs to twiddle.
The early signs are good – the Evoque goes well off-road. It’s tough, comfortable, and easy to drive.
A left-field choice, and Lexus’s smallest SUV, the UX will be an intriguing addition to the car market in 2019. It’s compact and efficient, firmly aimed at 20-something city dwellers, although it’s not the smoothest drive over pothole-ridden roads.
The quality and fit of materials in the cabin is impressive, however the touchpad multimedia system isn’t a patch on its rivals’.
Mazda hasn’t released much information about the 2019 Mazda 3 yet, but from the photos we can see the styling is an exaggerated evolution of the current model. We also don’t know much about the engine range yet, except that there will be three types of powerplant.
Come back to Parkers soon to find out more details.
This is the first of Mercedes’ new all-electric car range. It has a very familiar shape to the GLC, and inside the cabin are lots of features from Merc cars on sale already. The air vents are rose gold, and the seat upholstery is made with recycled plastic bottles. Range is claimed to be 280 miles, while the 408hp means it reaches 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s almost as fast as an AMG GLC 43. Expect a rough price of around £70,000.
The new 508 SW is nothing like its predecessor – the low-key, conservative nature has been replaced by something much sharper, bolder, and quite different to anything else in the large family car market.
The boot is commodious, with 530-litres with the seats up and 1,780-litres with the back seats folded.
The SW's engine range is exactly the same as the Fastback's, which means a pair of 1.6-litre, turbocharged petrol engines of 180 or 225hp, a 1.5-litre turbodiesel with 130hp, and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 163 or 180hp.
The eighth-generation 911 Coupe looks exactly like you’d expect – no massive style changes here, which is precisely what 911 owners want. Porsche has tweaked the twin-turbo, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine to produce 450hp - a 30hp increase – making it 0.4 seconds faster at 0-62mph than its predecessor. And despite the speed, Porsche claims it will return between 31.4-31.7mpg.
How much will it cost? Two models are already available to order; £93,110 for the Carrera S with PDK transmission, while the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S PDK will set you back £98,418.
A close cousin to Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, all sharing the same wheelbase underpinnings and much of the mechanical components, the Tarraco claims to offer a more engaging drive than its counterparts.
However, we’re not convinced by how sporty it really is; also, it’s not a true seven-seater, more a five-plus-two. It’s an alternative to its cousins, rather than offering anything truly different.
This is a rebranding of the Rapid, a Golf-sized car with a huge boot (467-litres with the seats up, 1,410 with them folded) and good interior space. The front seats are among the comfiest we’ve tried for quite a while in this price range. We only had a short drive of the prototype, so we’re looking forward to testing it more thoroughly and finding out if it can make waves against the Focus and friends.
This is Tesla’s attempt to bring sustainable energy-powered cars to the masses, being more affordable than the Model S – the 3 will be around £25,000, compared to £59,000 of the S. Tesla is promising a 0-62mph speed of less than 6 seconds, and a range of up to 200 miles with a gentle right foot. It also aims to become the safest car in its class once tested.
Returning to the familiar Corolla name shows Toyota’s desire to separate it from its predecessor, the Auris, and this offering is definitely a car first and hybrid second. It’s on the same underpinnings as the C-HR, which we found entertaining to drive, so we hope the new Corolla will be fun to drive too.
The T-Cross is aimed at car buyers who aren’t quite ready for a full-sized SUV, being on the same platform as the Polo, and smaller than the T-Roc. It’ll only be available with a petrol engine in the UK. It’s more practical than a Polo, with a bigger boot of 385-455-litres, and it’s expected to start around £17,000.
This new handsome model from Volvo will be available in petrol and plug-in hybrid only, and its looks are a real departure from Volvo’s SUV and estate car styling of recent years. The infotainment system will take some getting used to, and it’s not as sharp to drive as a 3 Series, but it should still be a rewarding drive for owners.