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 was 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, including the new BMW X7, and the Mercedes GLA and GLB. 

Audi A4

Price: From £28,000 (est)
On sale: Summer 2019

Audi will give its compact executive saloon a facelift this year in a bid to keep it competitive against recently updated rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

Our exclusive image previews the look of the updated car, showing how almost every panel will be changed, while new front and rear bumpers, and side skirts, will sharpen up the overall design.

Although it isn’t the sharpest-handling choice in its class, the Audi sells on its supple and comfortable ride, which makes it a great long-distance cruiser. The outgoing A4’s engine options aren’t bad, either, with power outputs ranging from 148bhp to 268bhp, from a wide line-up of petrol and diesel units.

Big changes are also due inside, though, where Audi will fit its 3 Series rival with the latest tech from the flagship A8. That means all of the current dials and switches will make way for a pair of high-definition touchscreens on the dashboard and centre console.

Audi e-tron

Price: From £70,805
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 248 miles. As we revealed in our drive of a prototype, the e-Tron is capable of 0-62 mph in under six seconds and will hit 124 mph.

Audi also claims that up 30 per cent of the e-Tron’s total range is accounted for by energy recuperation. The driver can select the severity of this recuperation using the steering-wheel mounted paddles, and the system then recaptures kinetic energy to give extra range. The charging system is also particularly neat; with a 150kW charging port on offer, the e-Tron can recover 80 per cent of its charge in less than half an hour.

Want to know what other cars will be arriving in 2019? Click here for page two…


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