Best new cars 2019: models worth waiting for

From an electric Mini to an all-new Land Rover Defender. These are the best new cars of 2019, which go on sale next year

BuyaCar team
Jun 30, 2018

Next year promises to be a revolution for some of the best-known cars on the road. Among the new models due to arrive in 2019 is an all-electric version of the Mini, a 21st century relaunch of the Land Rover Defender and a brand new Volkswagen Golf.

Other big sellers, with a little less heritage, that are due for replacement include the Nissan Juke, BMW 1 Series, Range Rover Evoque and Renault Clio.

But the biggest trend next year is set to be the arrival of a wave of new electric cars. As well as Mini, you’ll also see Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen, Honda, Tesla and Polestar (Volvo’s electric car brand) launching battery-powered cars, bringing unprecedented choice and variety to the market.

Some of those electric cars promise sensational performance, as do new versions of the Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra.

Read on to find out whether it’s worth waiting for a new car in 2019, or looking for a great deal on model that will soon be replaced.

New SUVs and crossovers 2019

2019 Land Rover Defender

On sale 2019 Price from £30,000 (estimated)

Replacing the original Defender with an all-new model fit for the 21st century has been no easy task. The DC100 concept car above was unveiled in 2011 and mixed reactions sent Land Rover back to the drawing board. It’s now been two years since production of the old car ceased and potential rivals haven't been slow in coming forward, including a new Jeep Wrangler and a privately-funded start-up company that's aiming to produce the modern equivalent of a Defender.

So, in 2019, expect the new Defender to be revealed. Rumours are that it will be even better off-road than before and have a close family resemblance to Range Rover models.


2019 Suzuki Jimny

On sale 2019 Price from £13,000 (estimated)

Anyone who has hired a Jimny on their holiday will know just how tough and capable the little off-roader is, so it’s good news that as it comes to the end of its long, 21-year life, there’s an all-new one lined up for 2019.

Suzuki has sensibly chosen to stick with the rugged, no-nonsense formula that stood the old car in such good stead. There’s little news on engines but the new Suzuki Ignis, with its hybrid system and four-wheel drive suggests there could be something similar in the wings for the new Jimny.

2019 Honda CR-V hybrid

On sale 2019 Price from £30,000 (estimated)

The new Honda CR-V actually arrives in the UK until this autumn. It’ll have a 1.5-litre petrol engine and the option of seven, as well as five, seats. However, the version already setting tongues wagging is this hybrid version, comprising a 2.0-litre petrol engine, two electric motors and a single fixed gear ratio, a system Honda calls Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD).

The new model will arrive in 2019 with a real job on its hands. Basically, there’ll be no diesel-powered CR-V. The efficient new hybrid version is intended to replace it. With sales of new diesel cars plunging, it’s perhaps not such a tall order – as long as Honda gets the new model’s pricing right. What won’t help is that there will be no seven-seat option.


2019 Range Rover Evoque

On sale 2019 Price from £32,000 (estimated)

‘If it ’aint broke, don't fix it’ promises to be Range Rover’s approach to the second-generation Evoque, on sale next year. It's expected to retain the shape of the current model (above), with a modified nose that looks more like the larger Range Rover Velar. Beyond further styling tweaks at the rear, and a new dual-screen dashboard, again similar to the Velar, that’s about it in terms of design.

Underneath the bonnet, you can expect a hybrid option to become available and there's even a small chance of a fully electric Evoque.


2019 Skoda Vision X

On sale 2019 Price from £16,000 (estimated)

Crossover cars, which combine the mechanical parts of a small hatchback with the taller shape of an off-road car, are becoming more fashionable. In recent months we’ve had the Seat Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and Kia Stonic, and next year, we’ll have the Skoda Vision X.

Smaller than the Karoq crossover, the Vision X is intended to look more stylish than both. The concept had a hybrid system so we expect that to appear in the production model, along with a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

More crossovers and SUVs coming in 2019

Alfa Romeo Grand
Audi Q4
Mercedes GLA
Mercedes GLB


New family cars 2019

2019 Peugeot 508 SW

On sale Mid-2019 Price from £27,000 (estimated)

The success of the stylish Vauxhall Insignia Grand Tourer, and Mercedes CLA and CLS Shooting Brakes stylish shows there’s life in the large estate car. Inspired by this, Peugeot will target the segment with the all-new 508 SW estate in 2019.

Its predecessor is a practical model that lacks pizzazz. Peugeot will change all that with a replacement that puts much more emphasis on style, without sacrificing practicality. Engines will be a choice of small capacity petrols and diesels joined later in the year by a plug-in hybrid.

More family cars coming in 2019

BMW 1 Series
Mazda 3
Mercedes B-Class
Skoda Superb
Volkswagen Golf
Volvo V40
Volvo S60


New electric cars 2019

2019 Mini EV

On sale 2019 Price from £25,000 (estimated)

It’s fitting that the original city car should now be going green with the arrival of the all-electric Mini EV in 2019. Not much is known about the batteries and motor but expect them to be similar to the system in BMW's i3 (Mini is owned by BMW), giving the new car a range of around 190 miles. 

The car is based on the design of the current Mini Hatchback, so it's likely to look similar to the popular small car. However, it is likely to include some design features, including a distinctive grille, from the Mini electric concept car that was unveiled last year.


2019 Honda Urban EV

On sale 2019 Price from £20,000 (estimated)

The image above is Honda’s vision for its new compact electric car, the Urban EV. The influence of the very first Volkswagen Golf is clear in the car’s round headlights, slim pillars either side of the windscreen and short overhangs beyond the wheels at the front and back of the car. As it's shorter than the Honda Jazz, it should be a perfect city car. It's not known whether the rear-hinged doors will make it into production.

In keeping with its advanced electric powertrain (it will have a range of around 150 miles), the interior of the Urban EV is distinctly futuristic.


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