Best new cars: 2020 models worth waiting for

Can’t wait for 2020? Neither can the motoring world thanks to a mouth-watering array of fine automobiles set to hit the market

BuyaCar team
Jan 30, 2020

The new decade is here and the motoring world is looking set for a strong 2020 thanks to a huge number of new and exciting cars due to arrive over the next 12 months. With exciting and radical new reveals from BMW and Honda to the return of old names long forgotten, this year has promised an awful lot, so we've put together this one-stop guide to all the best new cars arriving in 2020 that are worth waiting for.

In total, we are expecting just under 80 new cars to arrive in 2020 with a cumulative estimated starting price of almost £10 million. Those quick at math might clock this would mean an average price of around £125,000, but fear not, there are some heinously expensive hypercars skewing the numbers – actual starting prices range from £11,000 to a Euromillions-requiring £2.4 million.

Much like 2019, SUVs are set to take centre stage in 2020. With everything from small and economical SUVs to high-performance, luxurious SUVs. Once more, the rate new models are being spawned suggests the market for high-riding vehicles shows no signs of letting up.

The best new cars for 2020 have been split into one of the following car types: small cars, family cars, SUVs/crossovers, sports cars, supercars/hypercars and electrified cars. Each model below comes with an estimated price and anticipated UK market arrival date. It is worth keeping in mind that the prices are for entry-level models and not range-topping all-singing all-dancing versions.

As the number of all-electric and plug-in vehicles due to arrive in the UK during 2020 is rather large, we have a separate article for the most exciting upcoming electric cars. That said, below you will still find a handful of key plug-in hybrid cars (and a whole bunch of mild-hybrids) plus a very brief overview of which all-electric cars are expected. What you will see is it isn’t just high-end battery-powered vehicles which are due to go on sale, electrified variants of city cars, family cars and even hypercars are on the way.

Best new cars for 2020

Best new small cars for 2020

The popularity of small petrol cars has dwindled recently. As emissions restrictions in city centres tighten, their appeal to those living in urban areas has been hijacked by electric cars and hybrids. It comes as no surprise therefore that the list of new small cars we're expecting to arrive in 2020 is short. If these cars still appeal to you however, you can get all the details here on BuyaCar.

Make/modelExpected due datePrice
Honda JazzSummer 2020£17,000
Hyundai i10Early 2020£11,000
Hyundai i20/i20 NMid-2020£19,000
Mini GP John Cooper Works2020£35,000
Toyota YarisLate 2020£14,000

Best new family cars for 2020

Interested in a brand new family car to get you started in this new decade? There will be some very enticing new options arriving over the next 12 months. With high-performance sports-wagons from Audi and Alpina to the ultimate in class and luxury from Mercedes and Rolls-Royce. Those on a more modest budget should take note of the Seat Leon and VW Arteon Shooting Brake.

Make/modelExpected due datePrice
Alpina B3 TouringEarly 2020£60,000
Audi A3Late 2020£21,000
Audi RS6 AvantEarly 2020£85,000
Jaguar XFExpected 2020£35,000
Mercedes S-ClassSummer 2020£80,000
Rolls Royce GhostLate 2020A lot
Seat LeonEarly 2020£19,000
Volkswagen Arteon Shooting BrakeSummer 2020£34,000
Volvo V40Autumn 2020£25,000

Best new SUVs and crossovers for 2020

At this stage, there's no point even arguing about the popularity of SUVs. They're everywhere, and they're still spreading. Even Alfa Romeo recently committed to an SUV-focused future and the Tonale is the next step along that road following the Stelvio's early success. As you'd expect, the list of new arrivals in 2020 is long and our dedicated page will bring you all the details.

Make/modelExpected due datePrice
Alfa Romeo TonaleSpring 2020£20,000
Aston martin DBXEarly 2020£158,000
Audi Q5Late 2020£42,000
Audi RS Q3/RS Q3 SportbackEarly 2020£50,000
Audi RS Q5Mid 2020£70,000
Cupra FormentorSpring 2020£40,000
Ford KugaEarly 2020£25,000
Ford PumaEarly 2020£20,000
Hyundai TucsonLate 2020£33,000
Jaguar F-PaceSummer 2020£38,000
Mercedes GLASpring 2020£26,000
Mercedes GLE CoupeEarly 2020£60,000
MG HSEarly 2020£21,000
Nissan QashqaiLate 2020£22,000
Peugeot 2008Early 2020£26,000
Renault CapturEarly 2020£15,000
Volkswagen T-Roc CabrioletSpring 2020£25,000

Best new sports cars and supercars for 2020

Petrol heads can breathe easy, the era of the combustion engine isn't quite over yet. You'll be glad to know that your thirst for V8 grunt and aggression is still being catered for, there's even a V12 coming from Ferrari. Even with the news that Ford is bringing us a hybrid Mustang, there is still reason to get excited about this year's sports car line-up.

Make/modelExpected due datePrice
Audi RS7Early 2020£90,000
BMW 4 Series/M4Summer 2020£35,000
BMW M3Summer 2020£65,000
BMW 2 Series Gran CoupeSpring 2020£25,000
Chevrolet Corvette2020£60,000
Ford Mustang2020£280,000
Jaguar F-TypeSpring 2020£55,000
Lexus LC FAutumn 2020£105,000
Porsche 911 GT3Spring 2020£125,000
TVR GriffithSummer 2020£90,000
Ferrari 812 GTS2020£280,000

Best new electric cars for 2020

The number of electric cars expected to hit the UK market in 2020 is incredible. By our maths around 30 all-electric models are due to land and then there are all the plug-in hybrid options as well.

For those that want a quick summary of which all-electric cars are set to arrive next year, below is a table that details the makes, models, expected due dates, anticipated prices and ranges (where available). For more information about each model, including information for plug-in models, please read our dedicated article.

Make/ModelExpected due datePriceRange (miles)
All-electric small cars
Fiat 500 ElectricSummer 2020£25,000TBC
Honda eSummer 2020£29,660136
Mini ElectricSpring 2020£24,000124
Peugeot e-208Early 2020£28,500211
Seat  Mii ElectricEarly 2020£19,300161
Skoda  Citigo e IVEarly 2020£19,000165
Volkswagen e-UpEarly 2020£20,000162
Vauxhall Corsa ESpring 2020£29,990205
All-electric family cars
Citroen C4 EVMid-2020£30,000TBC
Jaguar XJ-ELate 2020£80,000TBC
Mercedes EQAAutumn 2020£35,000250
Mercedes EQSLate 2020£120,000435
Mercedes EQVEarly 2020£60,000250
Polestar 2Summer 2020£50,00311
Porsche Taycan Cross TurismoSummer 2020£130,000310
Seat el-BornSummer 2020£26,000261
All –electric SUVs and crossovers
Audi e-tron SportbackSpring 2020£75,000248
Audi Q4 e-tronSummer 2020£60,000280
BMW iX3Spring 2020£70,000249
Ford Mach 1Summer 2020£40,270280 (up to 370)
Kia Soul EVEarly 2020£33,795280
Peugeot e-2008Early 2020£32,000193
Tesla Model YSummer 2020£36,000300 (maximum)
Vauxhall Mokka X EVSummer 2020£30,000190
Volvo XC40 RechargeLate 2020£48,000249
All-electric sports cars
Audi E-tron GT Late 2020£100,000TBC
Tesla RoadsterLate 2020£150,000620 (target)
All-electric supercars and hypercars
Pininfarina BattistaLate 2020£1,750,000280
Lotus EvijaSummer 2020£1,700,000250


Best new plug-in hybrid cars for 2020

Hybrid cars are still relevant, for now. It seems inevitable that fully electric cars will eventually engulf the new car market, but that won't be for a few more years yet. There's plenty to choose from here, with all areas of motoring covered, from small city cars to the biggest of SUVs. Hybrid power now seems to be the preferred choice for the world's most insane hypercars at the moment, too.

Make/modelExpected due datePriceRange (miles)
Plug-in hybrid small cars
Volvo V40Automn 2020£25,000TBC
Plug-in hyrid family cars
Audi A3Late 2020£21,00040
Mercedes S-ClassSummer 2020More than £80,000TBC
Seat LeonEarly 2020More than £19,00031 (expected)
Plug-in hybrid SUVs and crossovers
Alfa Romeo TonaleSpring 2020£20,000TBC
Cupra FormentorSpring 2020£40,00030
Ford KugaEarly 2020£25,000TBC
Jaguar F-PaceSummer 2020£38,000TBC
Nissan QashqaiLate 2020£22,000TBC
Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4Spring 2020£42,00036
Renault CapturEarly 2020£15,00028
Plug-in hybrid sportscars
Peugeot 508 Performance HybridWinter 2020£45,00031 (approx.)
Plug-in hybrid supercars
Ferrari SP90 Stradale2020£280,00016 (approx.)
Mercedes-AMG OneMid-2020£2,400,00016 (approx.)


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