Best new cars for 2019 - which new models arrived last year?
What were the best new cars of 2019? Our list includes the new models from last year, including SUVs, superminis, EVs and more
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Electric and hybrid cars launched in 2019
Price: £26,160 - £28,660 (after plug-in car grant)
Honda’s cute electric hatchback prototype is now production-ready with order reservations also open. Full orders will start in the next couple of months, with deliveries expected several months later. The retro electric supermini offers 125 miles of driving range, seating for four adults and a choice of five paint colours. A range-topping model has also been revealed. It gets a 152bhp electric motor instead of the 134bhp motor used in the standard car.
Kia Soul EV
Price: £33,795 (after plug-in car grant)
The new Kia Soul EV has made its European debut at Geneva and you can now order it in high-spec First Edition trim. Two battery options will be available; the largest will facilitate nearly 300 miles of range - far improved over the current model. The Soul will only be available as an EV in Europe due to poor sales of petrol and diesel models.
Price: £65,720 - £74,610
Mercedes is also getting in on the electric SUV act with the EQC, its first pure electric model. Its 279-mile range is certainly competitive if not class-leading - the Jaguar I-Pace SUV offers almost 300 miles - and the EQC will feature Mercedes’ latest interior opulence. Unlike BMW’s approach, Mercedes will differentiate the EQC from petrol and diesel cars with a whole new design.
MG ZS EV
Price: £24,495 (after plug-in car grant)
MG has arrived into the electric car market with the ZS EV, its first European plug-in model. The ZS EV offers up to 163 miles of range and quick recharging capability. MG is focused on value for money, so prices start from only £24,495 after grants are applied. The ZS EV’s powerful electric motor gives it better performance than the conventional petrol model.
Price: £83,367 - £138,826
After months of teasers, the Porsche Taycan has been revealed. It’s the firm’s first fully electric car, and will go head to head with the Tesla Model S in the battle for EV supremacy. The two trim levels available at launch, 'Turbo' and 'Turbo S’, have been joined by a cheaper 4S version. The Turbo S produces as much as 750bhp, while all models get active aerodynamics and an array of futuristic looking displays in the cabin.
Price: ~ £26,000
Now available to pre-order, the Volkswagen ID.3 is the firm’s first of an entirely new generation of ‘ID’ badged pure-electric cars. Production started in late 2019, with the first cars arriving in showrooms in early 2020. Three different battery versions will be available offering a range of 205 to 342 miles per charge depending on battery size. Entry-level cars are expected to use a single rear-mounted motor to drive the rear wheels, while higher spec models are likely to have two motors for four-wheel drive.
Performance cars launched in 2019
Audi RS Q3
Price: £52,450 - £60,350
Price: £92,750 - £109,250
The new Audi RS6 Avant uses a different engine to the Audi S6, unlike previous generations. While the S6 comes with a new 342bhp 3.0-litre mild-hybrid diesel engine, the RS6 gets a more powerful petrol engine, namely a 592bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also gets all of the aggression you’d expect of an ‘RS’ badged Audi, with 40mm wider bodywork on each side over the standard Audi A6 thanks to flared wheel arches, which house 21-inch alloy wheels.
Price: £48,675 - £50,175
The Audi S4 saloon and S4 Avant estate are both switching from petrol to diesel at the end of this year. The 342bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel will make this the most powerful S4 model ever, and will produce a huge 700Nm of torque.
Price: ~ £55,000
That same engine will also make its way into the Audi S5 Coupe, Sportback and Cabriolet. The switch to diesel power is to reduce fuel consumption, which is helped by mild-hybrid technology that’ll cut the engine when the car is coasting.
Price: £60,220 - £77,220
Unusually, the new Audi S6 saloon and Avant use the same powertrain as the smaller S4 above. Here, the 342bhp diesel engine manages the 0-62mph sprint in five seconds, a couple of tenths of a second slower than the S4 models.
Audi S7 Sportback
Price: £68,680 - £86,680
Another fast Audi to get the mild-hybrid diesel treatment is the S7, which shares its engine with the cars above. A claimed fuel economy figure of 36.2mpg is reasonably impressive, but the new car will have around 100bhp less than the old S7.
Price: £37,945 - £44,345
The range-topping Audi SQ2 is now on sale, complete with a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Thanks to four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, the SQ2 hits 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds - faster than some Porsche Boxster models. The SQ2 could be the choice for you if you like understated performance, as the styling changes are subtle over the regular Audi Q2.
Price: £55,035 - £68,035
Audi will also plant its V6 diesel engine into fast SUVs, too. The SQ5 was one of the first diesel-engined performance model into showrooms, and it fits between the S5 and S7 in terms of price.
Audi TT RS
Price: £54,895 - £64,895
The Audi TT RS was facelifted in 2019, although the changes are decidedly minor. The styling has been tweaked slightly, while there’s newer technology inside. Its 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine stays, producing 395bhp and giving the car a 0-62mph time of under four seconds.
Price: £120,935 - £130,435
BMW has revealed the range-topping M8 Competition model of the 8 Series. It’s the first time the German manufacturer has produced an official M version of an 8 Series, and the new M8 becomes the most powerful production M car ever built. A coupe, convertible and a four-door Gran Coupe are all available, equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine producing 616bhp.
Price: £77,190 - £80,110
BMW is set to cause a stir with its latest fast SUVs. Sitting below the X5M and X6M, the X3M and X4M produce 476bhp - or 506bhp if you choose the Competition spec. That’s a lot more than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 musters, and is enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds.
On sale: nowPrice: £37,115 - £54,515
After endless teasers and drip-feed reveals, the BMW Z4 is in showrooms. Only available as a convertible with an automatic gearbox, the Z4 shares a lot of parts with the coupe-only Toyota Supra (below). While there’ll be no M Performance version of the Z4, the range-topping M40i features 335bhp - surely enough for most buyers.
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari revealed its latest supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The F8 Tributo is essentially a thorough re-working of the Ferrari 488 GTB, and it now produces 710bhp from its 3.9-litre V8 engine. 0-62mph takes just 2.9 seconds, and it offers a power-to-weight ratio similar to the Bugatti Chiron.
Ford Focus ST
Price: from £29,495
There’s a new flagship at the top of the Ford Focus range. The 2019 Focus ST packs more power than ever before - 276bhp - and its engine is similar to the one in the Ford Mustang. Ford claims 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds, which puts it in prime contention with hot hatchbacks such as the Hyundai i30 N, SEAT Leon Cupra and Renault Megane RS. If you feel the petrol is too costly to run, there’s also a sporty diesel version with a blend of performance and economy.
Price: £40,520 - £44,020
For most companies, a 302bhp hot hatch would be the quickest model on offer. But Mercedes has introduced an ‘entry-level’ hot hatch to compete against the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, as the A45 AMG is pumped up to 415bhp. Thanks to four-wheel-drive and a clever automatic gearbox, the A35 can sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Like the rest of the Mercedes A-Class range, you’ll be able to order the A35 AMG as both a hatchback and a saloon - as you can with the Audi S3 Saloon.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 35
Mercedes will offer two saloons based on the A-Class this time around, but the CLA will sacrifice some of the A-Class Saloon’s practicality for extra style. In this AMG 35 version, the CLA will have the same 302bhp 2.0-litre engine and four-wheel-drive system as the Mercedes-AMG A35 above. There’ll also be an estate version.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S
Price: £50,570 - £56,570
The new Mercedes A 45 S variant becomes the first hatchback to have more than 400bhp, thanks to a total of 415bhp. The A 45 S manages the 0-62mph sprint in 3.9 seconds, with a limited top speed of 168mph. It also boasts the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever made. Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive is standard, along with an eight-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S
Price: £52,045 - £58,045
Like the hatchback variant, only the CLA 45 S model will be sold in the UK with a 415bhp power output. This means a 0-62mph time of four seconds and a limited top speed of 168mph. Adding 100bhp over the CLA 35 model, it also surpasses the power output of the Audi RS3 saloon by 20bhp. It gets the Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as the hatchback version.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
Price: £75,255 - £89,100
You can now buy the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, which held the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring. There are two versions: a standard car, with 469bhp, and a faster ‘S’ model with 503bhp. The latter does 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, on the way to a 174mph top speed. Large exhausts, 20-inch wheels and a striking new grille tell it apart from the rest of the range.
Price: £82,793 - £98,418
Look past the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them styling changes, and you’ll find that the latest iteration of the Porsche 911 is the best yet. Carrera S and Carrera 4S models came first, but the range has been broadened with entry-level models and track-focused versions. The convertible has now been launched too.
Price: £52,695 - £56,495
2019 was the year we finally got to see the production-ready Toyota Supra. There’ll only be a limited number coming to the UK, but all are expected to feature a 335bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine shared with the BMW Z4 M40i.
Read our review of the Toyota Supra here.
Volkswagen T-Roc R
Price: from £38,450
The Volkswagen T-Roc R is the hot range-topper of the firm's small SUV range. Just like the Volkswagen Golf R, the T-Roc R features a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, linked up to 4MOTION four-wheel-drive and a DSG automatic gearbox. It’s good for 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and a 155mph top speed, while sportier styling ensures it stands out.
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