Best new cars for 2019

These are the best new cars set to arrive in 2019, featuring a particularly fine crop of EVs, hybrids, SUVs and sports cars…

If 2018 is the year of the SUV, the best new cars for 2019 will be all about electrification, as there are a host of new hybrid and full EV models in the pipeline.

All-new electric cars such as the Porsche Taycan, Mini EV and Mercedes EQC are leading the way as we head towards the end of the decade, and there will even be a hybrid version of the Ford Mustang to get excited about.

However, the popularity of SUVs shows no sign of waning and we’ll still see new 4x4s making an appearance on our list of the best new cars for 2019 and beyond, including the new BMW X7, plus the Mercedes GLA and GLB. 

So, scroll down below to find out what new models we can expect to see in 2019 in alphabetical order. Click the links below to find the manufacturer you’re looking for…

C-K  L-M  N-P  R-S  T-V

Aston Martin DBX

Price: From £150k (est)
On sale: Mid 2019

Following the recent trend in high-end SUVs, set by the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin will jump into the market with a model based on the DBX concept. Expected to be called the Varekai, the SUV will be built at Aston Martin’s new factory at St Athan in South Wales, and will only feature a petrol engine when it’s launched in showrooms, although there’s potential for a hybrid powertrain to arrive after 2021. While the concept seen here was a three-door, the final design will be a five-door model, and Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has suggested that prototypes could be rolling off the production line in Wales before the end of this year.

Audi e-tron

Price: From £65,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2019

Audi’s answer to the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X boasts up to 402bhp and a claimed range of over 249 miles. As we revealed in our drive of a prototype, the e-tron can cover 0-62mph in less than six seconds and hit 124mph. The German brand also claims that up to 30 per cent of the e-tron’s total range is accounted for by energy recuperation. The driver can select the severity of this on the electric motor using steering-wheel paddles, to gain additional range. Audi states that with the most severe setting selected, its recuperation technology can add one kilometre of range for every kilometre travelled downhill. For performance fans, there’s also talk of a hot e-tron RS.

Audi Q4

Price: From £33k (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Audi will continue to expand its Q range of SUVs with the addition of the Q4. Based on the Q3, the car is set to enter production in 2019 and it will aim to rival the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé. The Q4 is likely to be a production version of the TT Offroad concept (above) seen at 2014’s Beijing Motor Show. Expect a range of engines including a 1.5-litre TSI, 2.0 TDI and 395bhp 2.5 five-cylinder RS Q4 turbo. There’s also the possibility of a plug-in hybrid, as the car will share all of the Q3’s mechanical running gear.

Audi RS Q5

Price: From £65k (est)
On sale: Late 2019

The performance SUV market is set to expand over the coming years, and Audi is intending to capitalise on that with the new RS Q5. Likely to borrow the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive from the RS 5 Coupé, it should deliver around 444bhp, a sub-five-second 0-62mph time and a top speed limited to 155mph. Our exclusive image previews how the RS Q5 could look; sporting the usual LED headlamps, sculpted air intakes and large wheels, it’ll take on the aggressive style for which Audi’s RS models have become known.

Audi RS 7

Price: From £90,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

The RS 7, previewed in our exclusive image, is set to be the most powerful Audi ever. It’ll also be Audi Sport’s first plug-in hybrid, because its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is linked to an electric motor. This should produce 670bhp and 850Nm of torque – enough for 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. Power will be fed to all four wheels through a dual-clutch auto gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.

Bentley Flying Spur

Price: From £135k (est)
On sale: Mid-2019

The next Bentley Flying Spur saloon has recently been spied testing. Based on an extended-wheelbase version of the Continental GT’s MSB platform, it’s likely to boast a 6.0-litre W12 with 626bhp and 900Nm of torque. The new platform also supports 48V electrification, so expect fresh tech from the Continental such as active anti-roll bars and a plug-in hybrid. Our spy shot shows a heavily masked test mule, but the overall shape suggests it’ll adopt the Continental’s wider grille, fresh headlights and updated tail-lamps.

BMW 1 Series

Price: From £23,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

BMW is planning a complete rethink for the newest iteration of its 1 Series (previewed here in our exclusive image), scrapping the rear-wheel-drive platform in favour of the front-wheel-drive layout that underpins the current MINI. The redesign should result in more interior and luggage space, because there’s no driveshaft or rear differential encroaching on the cabin compartment. For performance enthusiasts, there will also be a hot version of the 1 Series. Due to the car’s reconfiguration, the next flagship M140i will feature a four-cylinder turbo and xDrive four-wheel drive, placing it in direct competition with the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS.

BMW 3 Series

Price: From £33,610
On sale: March

The seventh-generation 3 Series is the most technologically advanced version yet. Updates include a switch to BMW’s CLAR platform, which allows a new generation of powertrains to be fitted– including a more efficient plug-in hybrid. From launch, buyers will have the option of a single petrol and two diesel models; all are 2.0 litres with power ranging from 187bhp to 263bhp. Next year the fuel-sipping 330e PHEV will arrive, promising 37 miles of electric range and sub-40g/km of CO2. BMW will then turn its attention to performance; a pair of six-cylinder M Performance models will arrive at the end of 2019, while a top-of-the-range M3 is scheduled to join the ranks in 2020.

BMW 8 Series Convertible

Price: From £80,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2019

BMW’s new 8 Series Convertible is set to arrive early next year. A fabric roof has been favoured over a folding metal top, likely for weight-saving purposes – although the drop-top will still be around 100kg heavier than the coupé. The M850i spied here will be powered by a 530bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. In the coupé, this can propel the 8 Series from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. As with the hard-top, the Convertible will use BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic box with a limited-slip rear diff.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé

Price: From £80,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Sitting as the flagship of the BMW 8 Series line-up, the Gran Coupé will be the largest model in the range. With a longer wheelbase and two more doors than the Coupé, it’s set to take on the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS when it arrives next year. Engines will be shared across the 8 Series range, which means the Gran Coupé will feature either a 320bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel or 625bhp 4.4-litre petrol V8. A high-performance M8 Gran Coupé will also join the ranks at a later date.

BMW X6

Price: From £63k (est)
On sale: Late 2019

BMW’s all-new X6, pictured in our spy shot, will rival the Mercedes GLE Coupé and new Audi Q8. Designed to look sleeker than the previous model, the SUV will be based on a new chassis that’s designed to give more space inside and sharper driving dynamics. The X6’s interior will be identical to the more traditional X5’s and feature a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the dash, along with a digital instrument cluster. Spy shots have also confirmed that the brand is working on a flagship X6 M, which will make use of a 600bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.

BMW X7

Price: From £72,155
On sale: 2019

At 5.1 metres long, the X7 is BMW’s largest SUV ever and will other seven-seaters like the Mercedes GLS and the Range Rover. Originally developed to take on the North American and Chinese markets, where SUVs of this size are common, it comes to Europe and Britain early next year. Three engines will be available from launch, but none is electrified. A plug-in hybrid is possible given the shared architecture with the smaller BMW X5, although BMW has no plans for such a version just yet.

BMW Z4

Price: From £37k (est)
On sale: March

As the new Z4 has been developed in tandem with the Toyota Supra, it’s grown to become a proper sports car. We’ve driven it in prototype form, and initial signs seem good. A wealth of technology includes adaptive dampers, an electronically managed differential and bespoke Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres as standard.In addition, the car weighs 50kg less than before, mainly due to the new fabric roof. BMW has changed the Z4’s personality in order to tackle the Porsche 718 Boxster and muscle in on the sports car market.

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