Best new cars for 2020

Here are the best new cars set to arrive on the automotive scene in 2020

Electric cars are already commonplace now, but in future years manufacturers will up the ante in terms of EV production and also the range of EVs available to buy. With increasingly tighter emissions tests and cities such as London planning on banning all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, car firms will be ditching the internal combustion engine in favour of electrification and that’s reflected in our list of the best new cars for 2020.

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Brands like Mercedes and Audi will be in the swing of their electric revolution with cars like the EQA and Q4 e-tron expected to hit showrooms in 2020. At the other end of the scale will be SUVs with their popularity continuing to soar. Alfa Romeo is among those planning on launching a new compact SUV in 2020 to compete in the already highly competitive market.

Read below for our list of the best new cars we are expecting to arrive in 2020…

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Price: From £31,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2020

Alfa is aiming to build on the success of its Stelvio SUV with a smaller, baby SUV, called the Tonale. It will rival the likes of the Audi Q3 and the new Range Rover Evoque when it arrives in dealers at the end of next year.

Although the car you see here is officially a concept, bosses have confirmed that the production model will stick with the striking headlamp design and squat stance. The Tonale will be based on a modified version of the Jeep Renegade’s platform, tuned to deliver a more engaging drive. It will also be the first Alfa available with plug-in hybrid technology.

Audi e-tron GT

Price: Around £100,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, the Audi e-tron GT could well be the toughest test yet for the Tesla Model S. A production car will probably reach showrooms in 2020, and as well as sharing the same spectacular looks as the concept, it will launch Audi’s plans for a 25-model family of electrified vehicles by 2025.

The e-tron GT’s running gear is closely related to that of the production-ready, all-electric Porsche Taycan saloon, with a pair of electric motors feeding 582bhp to all four wheels. The torque should be in the 800-850Nm range, and Audi anticipates a 0-62mph sprint time of around 3.5 seconds. That’s enough to put the all-electric saloon in the same performance bracket as the manufacturer’s V10-powered R8 supercar.

Audi e-tron Sportback

Price: From £75,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

The e-tron Sportback, previewed by Audi’s Elaine concept at the 2017 Frankfurt show, is a curvier version of the new e-tron electric SUV. The Sportback coupe-SUV shares its underpinnings with the standard e-tron, meaning it will have the same pair of 168bhp and 188bhp electric motors driving the front and rear wheels respectively.  

There will also be a ‘boost’ function that lifts the power output to 402bhp for up to 10 seconds, and the Sportback should achieve the same 248-mile range on the WLTP cycle as the e-tron. However, the sloping rear end is expected to mean the new model has less than the 600-litre boot space in the e-tron.

Audi RS 7

Price: From £100,000 (est) 
On sale: 2020

Taking the fight to the Porsche Panamera is the new Audi RS 7. The company will launch two versions of the car: a standard model and a Performance-badged variant. Powering the former will be the new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine from the VW Group that’s found in the current Panamera Turbo and Bentley Bentayga.

The Performance version is expected to have the V8 unit complemented by an additional 140bhp electric motor as part of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which has been adopted from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

We expect to see a power output of around 671bhp and 850Nm of torque, with a 0-62mph time of around 3.5 seconds for the Performance. While Audi has yet to release official pictures of the car, our exclusive image previews how the second-generation RS 7 could look.

Audi RS Q5

Price: £65,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

High-performance SUVs are a small, but growing niche, and Audi is aiming to raise the bar with its new RS Q5. Under the bonnet, we expect to find the same 444bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that powers the current RS 5 Coupé. Although the RS Q5 will weigh more than the RS 5, we should still see a 0-62mph sprint time of less than five seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

The usual RS styling cues should appear on the SUV, with our exclusive image previewing some of the possibilities. You can expect flared wheelarches, larger air intakes and small aerodynamic tweaks, as well as large wheels and low-profile tyres.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Price: £40,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2020

By 2025, Audi is set to have 12 different EVs on sale. One of them will be the new Q4 e-tron, an all-electric SUV that’ll arrive in 18 months’ time. It will be built on the VW Group’s MEB platform and powered by an 82kWh battery. This is connected to two electric motors, one on the front axle and the other on the rear, with a total power output of 302bhp and 460Nm of torque.

Audi says the majority of the drive will be sent to the rear axle, with the front used only under hard acceleration. It’s quoting a maximum range of 280 miles from a single charge on the WLTP cycle, and an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes via a 125kW rapid charger.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Price: From £26,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

The 2 Series Gran Coupe will be an entirely new model for BMW when it arrives in 2020. This version of the 2 Series will feature a more rakish design than the standard car and our exclusive image previews how it could look.

The Gran Coupe will be built on the company’s front-wheel-drive UKL platform – already used by various models in the MINI range, as well as the BMW X1, X2 and 2 Series Active and Gran Tourers – and you can expect its engine line-up to include several units carried over from the current 1 Series.

Among them will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol, two 2.0 four-cylinder petrol units and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. A plug-in variant is also expected, and a four-wheel-drive M Performance model could be on the cards, too.

Citroen C4 Electric

Price: From £23,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Citroen is set to revive the C4 using the PSA Group’s CMP platform, and the range will include an all-electric variant – previewed in our exclusive image – to rival the upcoming Volkswagen ID. hatchback.

Citroen bosses told Auto Express the electric C4 could accommodate a battery of up to 60kWh, giving a range of more than 200 miles under WLTP guidelines. But the EV won’t be the only model to go on sale. CEO Linda Jackson confirmed that we will also see petrol and diesel-engined variants of the new hatchback.  

Cupra Formentor

Price: From £40,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

The first standalone model to arrive from newly established Cupra will be the Formentor. Although officially labelled as a concept, the car provides a very detailed glimpse at what you can expect from the production model that is due next year.

The Formentor is, in effect, a coupé version of the SEAT Ateca SUV, and the concept features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 242bhp. Cupra says it will do 30 miles on electric power under WLTP regulations.

However, a conventional petrol-engined version will also be sold alongside it. And despite this being a Cupra SUV, we already know that the Formentor will also be sold as a SEAT at some stage in the future.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Price: £220,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020

The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the Italian firm’s new mid-engine supercar designed to take on the McLaren 720S and Audi R8. It replaces the outgoing 488 GTB and becomes the most powerful mid-engine Ferrari ever, packing a new 710bhp 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 behind the driver. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The louvres on the rear screen are a nod to the famous F40, while the sculpted front end and S-duct on the nose have been designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind. As a result, Ferrari claims some impressive figures for the new car, with 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and a 211mph top speed.

Ford Fiesta SUV

Price: From £20,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Building on the success of the current Fiesta comes an SUV spin-off, designed to sit above the Fiesta Active and replace the ageing EcoSport in the Ford range when it arrives in showrooms in 2020.

Our exclusive image previews the shape of the as-yet-unnamed SUV, with a conventional tailgate but a tougher-looking exterior complete with a raised ride height, bigger wheelarches and exterior body protection all likely to feature.

Much of the mechanical make-up will be carried across from the Fiesta, including 1.0-litre EcoBoost engines and the 1.5-litre diesel. However, the SUV could also inherit four-wheel drive from the EcoSport to give improved traction in poor weather conditions.

Ford Mach 1

Price: £45,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Ford has confirmed that its sector-busting all-electric SUV, Mach 1, will reach dealers in 2020 – one of the first products to come from the Team Edison group charged with creating the firm’s electric and autonomous vehicles.

The car will be built on a new, dedicated EV platform, and use lithium-ion cells to provide a 300-mile range. It was originally planned as a conventional electric SUV, but Ford decided to blend some elements of its Mustang to create a performance car; the teaser shot reveals the official name of the project, while the Mach 1 is just one of 16 Ford EVs expected by 2022.

Ford Mustang Hybrid

Price: £40,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Ford has announced that it’ll be introducing electrified versions of a whole range of vehicles over the coming years – and even the Mustang, one of its headline performance cars, will be getting an eco-minded makeover.

The hybrid, which our spies have spotted undergoing testing, is expected to use the current 2.3-litre petrol turbo in tandem with an electric motor. Ford says the hybrid Mustang will offer V8 levels of performance and boosted low-rev torque, but with considerably improved fuel consumption and emissions.

Hyundai i10

Price: From £10,000 (est)
On sale: 2020

Hyundai is committing to a new generation of its i10 city car – previewed in our exclusive image – even though the segment may see a seismic shift towards EVs in the years to come.

The firm will aim to minimise costs with a mild exterior makeover instead of a radical redesign, while the i10 is expected to continue with the proven 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrols, with minor efficiency tweaks.

Inside, the car will have fewer colour options than at present, although it may benefit from a new infotainment touchscreen taken from the larger i30 hatch.

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