Best new cars 2018: models worth waiting for

SUVs and performance models lead the charge of the best new cars for 2018

John Evans Dominic Tobin Murray Scullion
Jun 25, 2018

A flood of new cars will be hitting showrooms in 2018, creating yet more choice for the buying public.

Big players like Ford and Volkswagen have a hefty array of new metal, but small fries like Suzuki and Subaru also have new cars for this year.

There are fresh designs, pioneering technology features, plus promises of more power and better fuel economy.

Leading the charge are a flood of new sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers, including the electric Jaguar I-Pace, rugged Jeep Wrangler and practical Honda CR-V.

Sales of these taller vehicles have been surging in recently, but there are still plenty of family cars arriving this year, headed by a brand new version of the Ford Focus, as well as a hi-tech Mercedes A-Class and Peugeot 508 (above) with spectacular styling.

There are plenty of electric options joining the Jaguar I-Pace, including the battery-powered Hyundai Kona. Already on sale is the new Nissan Leaf, with a much larger range, which could tempt more buyers into electric cars, as could the first electric hot hatchback - the BMW i3S.

And if you're looking for driving fun, then this year won't leave you short of options. There's the affordable and zippy Ford Fiesta ST, as well as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Megane RS. If your budget is somewhat higher, then the outrageous Ferrari 488 Pista or Mercedes-AMG's new four-door supercar might appeal.

Scroll down for full details of 2018's most exciting cars to come, jump to the new cars for 2018 that are already on sale or take advantage of the new models by grabbing a bargain on one of the outgoing versions.

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New small cars 2018
New SUVs and crossovers 2018
New family cars 2018
New sports cars and hot hatchbacks 2018
New electric cars 2018

      

New small cars 2018

2018 Audi A1

On sale summer 2018  Price from £18,000 (estimated)

Audi's formula of big car luxury in a city car has proven to be extremely successful, but it has been going on for nearly a decade. Which explains why there's a new A1 arriving this summer.

It's yet to be revealed in its full splendour, but will look something like our render above. Expect it to be bigger outside and inside, more expensive, and brimming with new tech.
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2018 Suzuki Swift Sport

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £13,995 (estimated)

The old Swift Sport was eager as a puppy but as cheap to own as a stick insect. It put a smile on your face the second you turned the key. Suzuki will be hoping this all-new version has the same effect, especially given the relative lack of character from the rest of the range, launched earlier last year. It certainly looks good on paper: a 1.4 turbocharged engine producing 138hp in a car weighing less than 970kg.
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More small cars coming in 2018
Renault Clio

              

New crossovers and SUVs 2018  

2018 Seat Tarraco

On sale late 2018 Price from £23,000 (est)

Seat’s latest model, the Tarraco, has been teased by the Spanish company ahead of its launch later this year. The Taracco (named after a Spanish city) name was picked by a vote of 146,124 participants.

It’s a seven-seater that will be the largest in Seat’s SUV line up, which also includes the Ateca and Arona. Sales in the UK will start in late 2018, and it’s expected to cost around £23,000, slightly undercutting the Skoda Kodiaq, from which it will share a lot of mechanical parts.
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2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

On sale Late 2018  Price from (expected) £230,000 

Rolls-Royce is joining the SUV game at the end of the year with its highly anticipated Cullinan. Named after the largest diamond ever discovered, it's set to cost £230,000, and is the first Rolls-Royce with a tailgate. It's also the first Roller aimed at families, rather than just CEOs.

Rolls-Royce says that it's a proper off-roader, as well as being designed with the driver in mind. It'll have the same 6.75-litre twin-turbo that's also found in the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

2018 BMW X7

On sale Late 2018/Early 2019  Price from £85,000 (estimated)

BMW has waded into the large SUV section by releasing details of its new X7. Made in the USA, it's built with the Americans in mind - and by that, we mean that it's massive.

The German marque is aiming this new car straight at the likes of the Range Rover, in terms of stature and price.
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2018 VW Touareg

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £50,000 

Volkswagen's new flagship is promising to be its most technologically advanced yet. The main talking point is its new 'Innovision Cockpit', which combines a 12-inch digital instrument display with an additional 15-inch touchscreen mounted on the dash. This system controls all of the car's major functions and pretty much replaces all the physical buttons on the dasboard.

When it's released it'll be available with a 3.0-litre diesel, and will be joined by a lower-powered 3.0-litre diesel and a 3.0-litre petrol in Autumn. Then towards the end of 2018 a 4.0-litre V8 diesel will be introduced.
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

On sale Autumn 2018  Price from £33,000 (estimated)

The current Santa Fe is a seven-seat SUV like the Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento.

its replacement will be offered with a choice of five or seven seats but will be roomier with a restyled interior. It’ll build on Hyundai’s SmartSense safety tech with family-friendly features such as Safety Exit Assist. This temporarily locks the car when sensing a vehicle approaching form the rear so that occupants can’t inadvertently open a door.
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2018 Honda CR-V

On sale Autumn 2018  Price from £23,500 (estimated)

Honda's ageing CR-V has been soldiering on for several years, so its replacement can't come soon enough. Naturally, it’s bigger and roomier than before, and will come with a choice of two or four-wheel drive, and petrol or diesel engines.
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2018 Jeep Wrangler

On sale Winter 2018  Price from £60,000 (estimated)

With no sign of a new Land Rover Defender yet, those seeking pared-back, off-road thrills should check out this year’s new Wrangler. It’s as well to know it’s an off-roader first and an SUV second, so don't expect the ultimate in comfort but do expect it to go where no Nissan Qashqai would dare. Removable doors, an adjustable windscreen and a powered fabric roof are just a few of its features.
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2018 Dacia Duster

On sale Middle of 2018  Price from £9500 (est)

This SUV has been given a heavy makeover in the shape of a new look, fresh technology and a new interior but, says Dacia, it will continue to be the bargain the original always was. That’s important because the brand isn't desirable enough to attract top prices. Still, with standard-fit LED running lights, smart silver highlights on the exterior and larger 17in wheels on top-spec versions it looks like the new Duster is quietly moving up market. Inside, there are soft-touch materials, plus a dashboard angled towards the driver, just like in a BMW.
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More SUVs and crossovers coming in 2018

Audi Q3
BMW X5
Citroen C5 Aircross
Mercedes GLE
Nissan Juke
Peugeot 2008

         

New family cars 2018

2018 Peugeot 508

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £26,000 (est.)

Peugeot is on a roll. After a few years in the wilderness producing some humdrum cars, the French company is now launching eye-catching cars that are good to drive and great value for money. It began with the 3008 and 5008 SUVs, and the new 508 is continuing the trend.

It’s too early to say how it drives, but the car’s design instantly makes rivals, such as the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Mondeo and even the Mercedes C-Class look staid.

Inside, the car features Peugeot’s two-screen set up, with one digital display behind the steering wheel and another in the centre of the dashboard. It promises to be practical too, with a large 487-litre boot.
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2018 Volvo V60

On sale Autumn 2018  Price from £31,810 

After safety, the next thing Volvo is known for is estate cars, which it badges ‘V’. The new mid-size V60 will compete with the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-class estate. It’s a smaller version of the latest large Volvos and features the same sharply-creased lines a ndminimalistic dashboard with a large touchscreen. At 529 litres, the boot is larger than rivals’ but at 1364 litres, the seats-down load area is actually smaller. On the upside, it’ll arrive with plenty of safety equipment and some semi-autonomous driving functions. Helping to keep running costs down will be a choice of hybrid petrol engines.
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2018 Audi A6

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £33,000 (estimated)

Evolution, not revolution – that’s what you can expect from the all-new A6 saloon and Avant (estate) models arriving this summer. It’s generally Audi’s way and means that the current Audi A6 won’t look too outdated. Inside, the new A6 models will borrow some of the new dashboard tech seen on the larger, A8 which keeps controls and buttons to a minimum. The range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines will feature electric turbocharging for greater efficiency and faster responses.
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2018 Ford Focus

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £17,000 (est.)

One of Britain’s favourite family cars will be completely relaunched this year. It’s expected to catch up with the competition, especially in areas like interior space and technology, where it lags behind rivals such as the VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

A luxurious Vignale version will be offered, as well as a taller Active model, which has more space between the bottom of the car and the ground, which makes it more capable of tackling rougher surfaces. Ford has not released many details of the new model and the image above is the only official picture so far.
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2018 Toyota Auris

On sale End of 2018 Price from £20,000 (est)

If you like the idea of a hybrid, but don't want to be mistaken for an Uber driver, then this could be your next car. The 2018 model has been heavily upgraded with a longer, wider, and altogether more appealing body. Toyota is trying to shake off the fuddy-duddy image of the previous Auris models, and by the looks of things from its Geneva Motorshow reveal, it's doing a pretty good job. 

Toyota will no longer offer diesel variants of the Auris, as the car will lead the charge for the company's latest hybrid technology. Expect to see 1.2-litre, 1.8-litre, and 2.0-litre engines, all with battery power on top. The icing on the cake for the Auris is that it will be built in Toyota's Burnaston, Derbyshire, plant.

2018 Kia Ceed

On sale Summer 2018 Price from £15,000

No, we haven't made a spelling error. Kia has formally changed the car's name. From this year, it will be known as the Ceed, and not the cee'd. Also new for the car are its expectations, as Kia is pitching this straight at the VW Golf and the Ford Focus. It's also longer and wider than previous models, making it bigger inside than the car it replaces. The boot is bigger than the VW Golf's too.

2018 Mercedes C-Class

On sale July 2018 Price from £30,000 (est)

SUVs may be all the rage but compact executive saloons such as the C-class and its arch-rival the BMW 3 Series never go out of fashion. To keep it competitive, the Mercedes is being heavily revised. On go new bumpers and brighter LED lights, and in come more smartphone features, and new instrumentation with a choice of larger displays. Basic trim will be more luxurious than at present (so more expensive) and there’ll be fewer trims to choose from.

More family cars coming in 2018

BMW 3 Series

       

New sports cars and hot hatchbacks 2018

Ferrari 488 Pista

On sale Summer 2018 (est.)  Price from £230,000 (est.)

With its name including the Italian word for 'track', Ferrari's latest souped-up supercar is meant to use the knowledge gained from its racing cars for more performance on the road.

Located in the middle of the car is the most powerful V8 engine that the company has ever made, producing 710 horsepower, and incorporating titanium and carbon-fibre parts to decrease weight.
Other weight-saving measures have also contributed to making the car 90kg lighter than the standard 488 GTB model, launched three years ago, while the gearbox now changes shifts a fraction faster (30 milliseconds), and redesigned bodywork has made the car more aerodynamic.

Combined, these improvements mean that the 488 Pista has a top speed of more than 211mph and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.85 seconds.

It's a minuscule 0.15 second gain over the standard car, but Ferrari claims that the racing-derived parts, lightweight components and improved aerodynamics make the car feel noticeably more extreme, with more grip in corners and a faster response to steering, acceleration and braking inputs.

If not, then the standard dual go-faster stripe on the bonnet should do the trick.

   

2018 Renault Megane RS

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £29,500 (estimated)

For as long as there’s a Megane, there’ll be a sporty RS version. The new Megane line-up came out earlier last year so, with a launch date of spring 2018, Renault is in clearly no hurry to get its hot new addition just right.

But so far so good since we do know its 1.8-litre turbocharged engine will produce 276bhp and that a still more powerful Trophy version will have 295bhp and a firmer chassis. Add four-wheel steering from the rest of the range and a trick automatic gearbox that allows fast multiple downchanges under braking, and it should be worth the wait.
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2018 Cupra Ateca


On sale End of 2018 Price £35,000-£40,000

Cupra is the new standalone sporting brand of Seat, and its first car is the Ateca. You might think that it doesn't belong in a list of sports cars and hot hatchbacks, but with 296bhp on tap, this Ateca has enough power to frighten smaller and lighter pocket rockets. It is an SUV though, with enough space for all the family, plus the dog.

Inside the usual sporting materials will be present, including expensive Alacantara, a type of man-made suede, and inbetween the driver and passenger seats there will be an automatic gearbox. Four-wheel drive will ensure there's enough traction to tame that big power output.

More sports cars and hot hatchbacks coming in 2018

Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Audi A9
Seat Leon Cupra R
Toyota Supra
TVR Griffith

         

New electric cars 2018   

2018 Jaguar I-Pace

On sale Summer 2018  Price from £58,995 (including government grant)

The Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric crossover to take on Tesla’s Model X, although the Audi e-from is hot on its tail. The I-Pace’s designers say that without a conventional engine to accommodate, it’s roomier inside than its compact shape suggests. EV sceptics will be wondering how many cups of coffee they have to drink while waiting for its batteries to be recharged. Fortunately, not a lot, since Jaguar claims an 80% charge takes 45 minutes. The range for the four-wheel-drive SUV is up to 310 miles.
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2018 Audi e-tron

On sale Autumn 2018  Price from £60,000 (estimated)

The all-electric e-tron (shown above in prototype form) will be Audi’s answer to the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, and about the same size as the car maker’s Q5 SUV.

The car maker has a wealth of experience in autonomous driving and driver assist features to call on from its other models, so we can expect to see lots of these technologies in the new car, too. It’ll have a range of around 310 miles.
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Hyundai Kona

On sale Summer 2018 Price from £25,000 (est. including government grant)

Other manufacturers appear to be following on the footsteps of Tesla, but Hyundai taunted the company's founder, Elon Musk, in giant billboard advertisements, highlighting that the new Kona Electric will be the first small electric SUV.

The car has a claimed range of 300 miles but it would be no surprise if this was closer to 200 miles in real-world driving. Even so, that's enough for most drivers on virtually all journeys.

Based on the design of the standard petrol and diesel-powered Kona, this is also one car that doesn't shout too loud about its eco-credentials.

New cars for 2018 already on sale

VW up! GTI

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £13,750

Volkswagen's smallest car has been given the GTI treatment - complete with throwback tartan upholstery echoing the first ever Golf GTI.

Expect 113hp on tap and a 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds, as well as fast steering and a slick six-speed gearbox.

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £18,955

The name T-Roc is Volkswagen's way of signposting this small SUV as a car for the youth who don't want a fuddy duddy hatchback - even if the price means that it'll be mostly middle-aged drivers who can afford it.

Smaller than the Tiguan and using the same mechanical parts as the Golf, the T-Roc offers reasonable fuel economy, with the practicality of a higher roof that's curved to make the car look sporty. The dashboard is straight out of the Golf but can be colour-matched to the exterior for a less grey look (VW promises some bold shades). There’s decent rear headroom thanks to a neat recess, while the boot is just a little bit bigger than that in the rival Audi Q2.

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £28,930

The baby brother to the F-Pace is around the size of an Audi Q3 but looks sportier.

Not that it’s impractical: the interioris almost as roomy as an Audi Q5’s while the boot is a generous 577 litres, and has a low and wide opening. It’s be powered by the usual array of petrol and diesel engines.

2018 BMW X2

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £30,040

It’s no Lamborghini Urus, but the BMW X2 is a more realistic prospect for most buyers looking for an SUV with a sporty design. A similar size to the current BMW X1, this new car is claimed to deliver agile cornering and rapid acceleration as soon as you put your foot to the floor.

The car’s curvier looks mean that it’s likely to be less spacious and practical than the X1. It’s more expensive too, with prices around £3,000 higher than the equivalent X1.

    

2018 Ford EcoSport

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £17,295

The EcoSport has recently been Ford’s weakest link but it has been improved with a heavily revised version of the compact SUV.

Inside, the new Fiesta’s much-improved dashboard has found its way into the EcoSport. There’s more tech in the shape of Ford’s latest SYNC 3 voice-control system, plus an array of safety systems including a rear-view camera. There’s a new engine, too: an efficient 1.5-litre diesel in combination with four-wheel drive.

     

2018 Volvo XC40

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £27,610

Volvo’s recent SUVs have gone to the top of their class. Their comfortable ride, spacious interiors and minimalist, calming dashboards bring luxury and practicality to family travel.

Now the XC40 uses the same ingredients in a smaller package, designed for couples or young families. The central touchscreen, quality interior materials and high specification make it feel as upmarket as Volvo’s other models, and it also has a similar rugged shape, with smoothed corners. Designed to compete with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, it’s priced at a premium.

 

2018 Hyundai i30 Tourer

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £17,500

The all-new Hyundai i30 estate looks to be a sensible choice, offering more efficient engines and a quieter, smoother drive. Boot space is a competitive 602 litres and 1650 litres with down. It's not an exciting choice but continues to include a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

  

2018 Subaru Impreza

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £24,000

Best known for the high-performance versions that resembled World Rally Championship cars, the Subaru Impreza has rarely been top of the list for most family hatchback buyers. This doesn't look likely to change with the imminent arrival of the latest version. It’s a rather bland-looking affair, while its engines seem unlikely to match the smooth and quiet motors that power rivals, such as the Volkswagen Golf.

On the upside, it has four-wheel drive while Subaru’s comprehensive EyeSight safety system will be an option.

     

2018 Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £26,500

Vauxhall is keeping faith with the traditional estate car in the shape of this, the Insignia Country Tourer. It’s a beefed-up model with a raised ride height, body protection and on-demand four-wheel drive, much like the Audi Allroad. Three engines are available including a 2.0-litre diesel producing 270bhp that comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

  

2018 Audi RS4 Avant

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £62,175

Audi's fast estates are legendary for combining practicality with performance that bears comparison with a rocket. The RS4 is arguably the most famous version among enthusiasts.

    

2018 BMW M5

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £89,705

No BMW line-up is complete without an M5. The new 5 Series has been on sale now for a few months so it's the hour for this all-new performance version. For the first time, it has four-wheel drive to help channel the 600hp produced by its twin-turbocharged V8 engine in to forward motion.

Despite the weight of the car’s extra running gear, BMW claims it’s be lighter than the old model by some 40kg, a result of giving it aluminium body panels and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof.

2018 Hyundai i30N

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £25,010

This is Hyundai’s first hot hatch and with favourites like the VW Golf GTI and Seat Leon Cupra to choose from, it’s taking nothing for granted. Naturally, it’s done a few laps of the Nurburgring, where all self-respecting performance cars are given a workout, and returned grinning from ear to ear.

It’s powered by a 250bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine but there’s a performance pack that raises that to 275bhp, and adds a limited slip differential, which can increase grip in corners.

  

2018 BMW i3s

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £34,075

On the back of the i3 update (exterior styling tweaks, newer software) BMW has added a sporty new variant called the i3s. Intended to make the most of the electric motor’s instant thrust, it gains an extra 13 horsepower (hp), taking it to 181hp, for acceleration of 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds – around half a second quicker than the standard car.

Sports suspension is meant to improve agility when cornering. Think of it as the first model in a brand-new electric hot hatch segment.

    

2018 Nissan Leaf

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £25,190

The car that saw the electric revolution coming has been replaced by an all-new version. The new Leaf is less odd-looking than the old car and more aerodynamic. It’s be available with a choice of two battery packs but even the standard one is good for a claimed range of 235 miles. In reality, you should expect between 150 and 180 miles but that's still twice as far as the outgoing entry-level cars. Despite the battery’s extra charge, it takes the same time to recharge to 80% – around 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, the electric motor is more powerful, with faster acceleration. Other improvements include an optional semi-driverless system that will take over driving in queuing motorway traffic at up to 62mph.

2018 VW Polo GTI

On sale Now  Price from £21,140

Volkswagen's Golf GTI might be the classic hot hatchback, but it's grown so big that it's no longer the compact and nippy car that it once was.

That's now the job of the Volkswagen Polo GTI (and the even smaller up! GTI). It promises acceleration that'll put a grin on your face; fun at legal speeds; plus Volkswagen build quality and comfort when you just want a relaxing drive.

2018 Lamborghini Urus

On sale Spring 2018  Price from £160,000 (est.)

Keen to zoom across the countryside at 190mph? Lamborghini's supercar SUV can oblige. The new Urus is the first ultra-high performance car in this class and it will soon be joined by a Ferrari rival.

The claimed top speed of 190mph is delivered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which can move the car from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. Lamborghini says that it's easy to drive in the city, comfortable on long journeys, capable of driving off-road, and can still provide supercar speed and grip on track. We'll soon find out if the car can deliver all-round performance without compromise.

2018 Mercedes A-Class

On sale Now, deliveries from June Price from £25,800

Mercedes is moving its best-selling family hatchback further upmarket, with a hi-tech interior that has two screens sitting side-by-side and leaves the rest of the interior relatively clear of buttons.

Optional wood trip, massage seats and 64-colour mood lighting make higher-priced models in the new range more luxurious than the outgoing car. it's more practical too, with a larger boot. Outside are slimmer headlights and other small tweaks but the designers haven't changed too much of the best-selling outgoing car.
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2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback

On sale Now Manufacturer price from £20,310 (estimated)

The Korean car maker will brighten its all-new, recently launched i30 range with this, the Fastback. It’s actually a five-door coupe with more flowing lines and a lower roof than the other model’s (so check that rear headroom). It’s a sporty car with firmer suspension and a lower ride height than its sister cars and the launch engines will comprise two turbocharged petrols (diesels will follow).
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