Best new cars coming in 2020

What can you expect to see in showrooms in 2020? Our guide reveals all

Page 1 - Superminis, city cars and family hatchbacks

Page 2 - Small SUVs and family SUVs

Page 3 - Large SUVs, saloons and estates

Page 4 - Coupes, convertibles and fast SUVs

Page 5 - Hot hatchbacks, MPVs and supercars

Hot hatchbacks coming in 2020

Audi S3

  • On sale: late 2020
  • Price: ~ £41,695

The latest Audi A3 is now available in flagship S3 form with 306bhp and quattro four-wheel drive. Buyers can pick from both a four-door saloon and five-door hatchback models, with the new car capable of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.

Read our review of the new Audi S3 Sportback here.

Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon PHEV - front 3/4 view
  • On sale: can be preordered now
  • Price: ~ £32,000

The fastest Leon now has a Cupra badge, but it’s still available in a choice of hatchback and estate bodystyles. There’s even more choice with this new version, as you can opt for a 242bhp plug-in hybrid or three petrol engines with either 242, 296 or 306bhp. The fastest of these hits 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds - about a second faster than the current model. Like the Cupra Ateca, plenty of copper accents mark it out as the hot Leon.

Read more about the Cupra Leon here.

Hyundai i20 N

  • On sale: late 2020
  • Price: ~ £20,000

Hyundai has finally taken the wraps of it's the i20 N hot hatch. It boasts a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 201bhp, and is capable of 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds. When it arrives, the new car will rival the Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI and MINI Cooper S. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect it to start from around £20,000.

Read more about the Hyundai i20 N here.

Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS
  • On sale: autumn
  • Price: ~ £31,495

Like the Cupra Leon and VW Golf GTE, the next-generation Skoda Octavia vRS will use a mix of petrol and electric power, with an output of 242bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds - although petrol and diesel versions are likely to follow suit. All the vRS design cues are present: it gets big alloy wheels, a spoiler and a more aggressive front bumper.

Read more about the Skoda Octavia vRS here.

Toyota GR Yaris

  • On sale: November
  • Price: £29,995

While a £30,000 Yaris initially seems hard to swallow, the performance on offer means the GR Yaris could almost be described as a bargain. We expected it to cost at least £5,000 more than it actually does. It’s essentially a road-going version of Toyota’s rally car, with 257bhp, four-wheel-drive and lots of bespoke bodywork. 0-62mph takes just 5.5 seconds, which makes the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI look a little slow by comparison.

Read more about the Toyota GR Yaris here.

Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI  - front 3/4 view
  • On sale: late 2020 
  • Price from: VW Golf GTI - £33,460 / VW Golf GTD - £32,790

The iconic hot hatchback is back for an eighth generation, and it still has the tartan seats, golf-ball gearknob and red detailing. A 2.0-litre petrol engine is fitted, producing 242bhp, but there’s no plug-in hybrid version - that’s what the GTE is for. Despite diesel sales declining, there’s a new GTD too. It has 197bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds, and the petrol GTI gets from 0-62mph a second quicker. We’ve recently seen the GTI Clubsport testing, which will be a more hardcore GTI model with almost 300bhp.

Read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD here.

MPVs and people carriers coming in 2020

Mercedes EQV

Mercedes Concept EQV MPV aerial
  • On sale: now
  • Price: ~ £70,665

The Mercedes EQV will be the world’s first electric MPV. Essentially an electric version of the Mercedes V-Class, the new model manages 213 miles on a charge and can top up by 60 miles in just 15 minutes. A production version will be shown at Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.

Read more about the Mercedes EQV here.

Peugeot e-Traveller

Peugeot e-Traveller driving
  • On sale: late 2020 
  • Price: unconfirmed

Electric vans are becoming more common, and that means electric van-based MPVs are set to be more widely available. This is Peugeot’s; the e-Traveller can seat up to eight people and manages 143 miles of range on a charge. Fast-charging is fitted so you’re not waiting around for hours at a motorway service station.

Read more about the Peugeot e-Traveller, or check out the mechanically identical Citroen e-SpaceTourer and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life.

Volkswagen Caddy

Blue Volkswagen Caddy
  • On sale: late 2020 
  • Price: ~ £24,000

There’s a new Volkswagen Caddy MPV and van coming later this year, and we’re promised that it’s even more practical than before. Tech gets a boost, too - all models get a touchscreen infotainment system, and all passenger models get a panoramic sunroof. Three diesels and one petrol engine are available with up to 120bhp.

Read more about the Volkswagen Caddy here.

Supercars and hypercars coming in 2020

Chevrolet Corvette

  • On sale: spring
  • Price: ~ £60,000

Ever since the Chevrolet Corvette was introduced, it’s been a rear-wheel-drive, front-engined muscle car. Now, for the eighth-generation, the engine has been moved to the middle of the car, putting the Corvette firmly in competition with the best European sports cars. It’ll use a naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 with 495bhp, giving a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds. For the first time, it’ll come to the UK as a right-hand-drive car, too.

Ferrari Roma

Ferrari Roma
  • On sale: summer
  • Price: ~ £190,000

Ferrari has revealed a striking new coupe, called the Roma. It sits near the entry point of the Ferrari range, and features a completely new interior design to match its ultra-modern exterior. A 612bhp 3.9-litre V8 provides the power, with 0-62mph taking just 3.4 seconds.

Read more about the new Ferrari Roma here.

Lotus Evija

  • On sale: summer
  • Price: £1.7 million

Out of seemingly nowhere, Lotus has confirmed it’ll be making a near-2,000bhp electric hypercar called the Evija. The raw statistics are barely believable: 0-62mph in under three seconds, 0-184mph in under nine seconds and that stratospheric price. A 70kWh battery provides the range for up to 250 miles, and it’s capable of recharging at up to 800kW - not that a charger this powerful exists yet.

McLaren 765LT

McLaren 765LT
  • On sale: can be preordered now
  • Price: announced shortly

Few people thought the McLaren 720S needed any more power, but the 765LT has now arrived with 755bhp - 45bhp more than the 720S. Not only that, but it’s lighter too, thanks to McLaren removing the radio and using carbon fibre for many body parts.

Read more about the new McLaren 765LT here.

Mercedes-AMG One

  • On sale: autumn
  • Price: £2.4 million

Mercedes-AMG is currently deciding how to put an F1 engine into a road car. When it hits production, the Mercedes-AMG One will have almost 1,000bhp from a 1.6-litre turbo V6, and the addition of a large battery means it’ll be able to travel up to 15.5 miles on electric power alone.

Porsche 911 GT3

  • On sale: spring
  • Price: ~ £125,000

Porsche is planning another track-focused version of the current 911, and spy shots show that it’ll have aggressive bumpers, flared wheel arches and a simply massive rear spoiler. The GT3 will get the same engine as the old 911 GT3 - without a turbo, unlike the rest of the range - and power will creep above 500bhp.

Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is likely to be the fastest car in the world when it goes on sale in 2020
  • On sale: late 2020/early 2021
  • Price: ~ £150,000

Zero to 60mph in 1.9 seconds, at 100mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 250mph: these are apparently the statistics of the upcoming Tesla Roadster. Tesla’s first car was the original Roadster, but this is a completely different beast. Boss Elon Musk is aiming to create the world’s fastest accelerating car.

Read more about the new Tesla Roadster here.

TVR Griffith

TVR’s revival starts with the all-new Griffith in 2018
  • On sale: late 2020/early 2021
  • Price: ~ £90,000

TVR appears to be back with a new Griffith sports car. A 500bhp 5.0-litre Cosworth V8 will be used to deliver 0-62mph in under four seconds and a reported top speed of 200mph. It promises a stunning soundtrack and carbon-composite elements in the platform. The main cause for concern is that TVR has been very quiet since the Griffith was first revealed…

Page 1 - Superminis, city cars and family hatchbacks

Page 2 - Small SUVs and family SUVs

Page 3 - Large SUVs, saloons and estates

Page 4 - Coupes, convertibles and fast SUVs

Page 5 - Hot hatchbacks, MPVs and supercars

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