The best new cars arriving in 2021

A huge array of new cars will go on sale in the UK in 2021. Here are our picks of the best models that’ll soon be hitting UK roads

James Allen
Apr 29, 2021

The car industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but UK drivers were still able to buy new cars. Thanks to initiatives like remote sales and supermarket-style click-and-collect deliveries, more than 1.6m new cars found homes last year. What if you want a newly launched car in 2021, though? Thankfully, despite the global slowdown caused by the pandemic, there are still brand new cars to look forward to.

A huge array of new models will be going on sale in the UK in 2021. You’re especially well catered for if you’re after an affordable and family-friendly car, as plenty of new options will be arriving in the coming months - ranging from inexpensive superminis and compact crossovers, to practical hatchbacks and spacious SUVs.

Of the massive range of new metal that will be debuting in showrooms and on online ordering services in 2021, below are some of our picks of the best new cars you’ll be able to get your hands on in the coming months.

If you're feeling patient and you'd rather save some cash, there's always the option of holding fire until later in the year when many of these new cars will begin to appear on the market as pre-registered or even used models. Head to the BuyaCar search page to find some great used deals on the latest cars on sale.

Best cars coming in 2021

1. Citroen C4

On sale from Now
Used deals from £17,998
Monthly finance from £260*

The Citroen C4 is back, and it’s much different from the humdrum family hatchback that preceded it. Whereas the old C4 was a conventionally-styled low-cost alternative to the likes of the Ford Focus and VW Golf, this latest version is far more striking to look at. There’s also a whiff of SUV in the design, too, thanks to the chunky plastic bodywork cladding and higher ride height - the latter meaning you also get a better view of the road ahead than you would in a regular five-door hatchback.

An area where the new Citroen C4 stands out from many of its rivals can be found under the bonnet. On top of a range of efficient engine options (even the thirstiest petrols can return 45mpg, which is strong for this kind of car), there’s also a fully-electric version with a claimed range of 217 miles on a single charge.

Prices start from £23,010 for the entry-level version and £33,395 before the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) is applied, for the electric Citroen e-C4 model. That means that the C4 should remain an affordable choice.


2. Cupra el-Born

On sale from Late 2021

Unlike the similarly-sized Citroen C4, the upcoming Cupra el-Born isn’t available with any combustion engine options at all. Instead, it’s a fully-electric family hatchback - from Seat's sporty brand Cupra - to rival the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen ID.3 when it goes on sale in late 2021.

Full details will be confirmed closer to launch, though Cupra has confirmed that the el-Born is capable of an impressive range of up to 310 miles per charge. As Cupra is a maker of sporty family cars, the el-Born has the potential to be pretty good fun to drive. Prices will likely start from around £35,000 once the £3,000 PiCG discount is applied.


3. Dacia Sandero

On sale from Now

As a value for money proposition, the new Dacia Sandero supermini makes a very strong case for itself. With prices starting from £7,995, it’s by far the most affordable new car on sale in the UK right now, and even the £14,595 range-topping model undercuts entry versions of rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa by quite a bit.

While the less expensive versions don’t come with vast amounts of kit, the new Sandero is far from being stripped-out and barren inside. Even the entry-level model comes as standard with electric front windows, LED headlights and emergency braking assist, and higher-spec cars can be fitted with cruise control, keyless entry and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.


4. Honda Civic

On sale from TBC (expected late 2021)

The current Honda Civic has been on sale for a while now, so it’s no big surprise a new version is on the way. Because Honda has shown off the new Civic in prototype form, we know it’ll have similar-but-not-as-polarising styling to the car it replaces - and, while it’s only been shown so far as a saloon, Honda promises there’ll also be a hatchback version of the new Civic.

Additional details will be confirmed closer to launch, though it’s likely the new Honda Civic will only be available with petrol-electric hybrid engine options. Expect the new Civic to go on sale before the end of 2021, with prices likely to start from somewhere around £23,000.

5. Hyundai Bayon

On sale from TBC (expected summer 2021)

Hyundai’s already comprehensive range of SUVs is set to get a new addition, in the form of the upcoming Hyundai Bayon. It’s a small supermini-sized car that will sit below the Hyundai Kona in terms of size, and is expected to go on sale during the summer with prices starting from around £18,000.

Initial details have been revealed on the Bayon, which is based heavily on the current Hyundai i20. It makes use of a 1.0-litre mild hybrid petrol engine offering either 100 or 120hp with choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. The interior is also modern and well equipped, with a 10.3-inch digital display behind the steering wheel alongside an eight-inch media display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.


6. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai front three quarters view

On sale from TBC (expected summer 2021)

The current Nissan Qashqai has been on sale since 2014, yet despite its age, it was comfortably the most popular new SUV in the UK last year. As a result, there’s a lot riding on the next-generation Nissan Qashqai, which is expected to go on sale by the end of summer 2021.

Nissan’s keeping specific details under wraps for now, though we do know the new Qashqai will have a more advanced interior and a subtly more striking exterior design over its predecessor. The biggest changes will be happening under the bonnet, though. As well as a suite of mild hybrid petrol engines, there’ll also be a 'range-extender' hybrid option, which uses a petrol engine as an on-board generator for the battery that powers the car’s electric motor.


7. Renault Arkana

On sale from July 2021

Nissan isn’t the only car maker launching a new family-sized SUV in 2021 - Renault will also be joining in, with the launch of the upcoming Arkana. The car’s sloping roofline will likely mean it won’t have the biggest boot or the best rear seat headroom for this type of car, though it does make the Renault Arkana a very distinctive car - especially if you choose one of the brighter paint options.

Full tech details will be revealed closer to the car’s launch in July 2021, though Renault has confirmed the new Arkana will be available with petrol-electric hybrid engine options, and available trim levels will include a sporty R.S. Line spec. Pricing info also won’t be revealed until later, though we expect the range will start from around £25,000 - putting the Arkana in between Renault’s Kadjar and Koleos SUV offerings in size and price terms.

8. Toyota Yaris Cross

On sale from June 2021

A new small SUV from Toyota will go on sale in June 2021, in the form of the Yaris Cross. As its name suggests, it’s an SUV-style crossover version of the regular Toyota Yaris supermini, and will be a rival to cars like the Nissan Juke and the Hyundai Bayon mentioned above when it arrives in the UK in the summer.

While the Yaris Cross is very closely related to the standard car and uses the same 116hp hybrid engine that is available in the conventional Yaris hatchback, Toyota says it’s more than simply a higher-riding Yaris. It’s a little bit longer and wider than the supermini on which it’s based, so there’s a bit more interior space, and - unlike the standard Yaris supermini - the Yaris Cross is available with an optional all-wheel drive system. Expect this to help the Yaris Cross offer a bit more grip on slippery roads, rather than giving it any off-road ability. Prices for the new Toyota Yaris Cross are expected to kick off from around £21,000.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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