Best new cars coming in 2021

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

Coupes and convertibles coming in 2021

Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT in blue

On sale: Now

The Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan have a new rival: the Audi e-tron GT. It’s the company’s new electric halo model, and is available as a more powerful ‘RS’ model too. The first electric RS gets up to 637bhp, while all models get the same fast-charging tech as the Taycan, enabling an 80% top-up in 23 minutes.

Read our review of the new Audi e-tron GT here.

BMW 2 Series Coupe

BMW 2 Series Coupe

On sale: late 2021

While BMW has irked some fans of its rear-wheel drive cars by making the latest BMW 1 Series front-wheel drive, the latest 2 Series is aimed at enthusiasts; rear and four-wheel-drive drivetrains are available. At the top of the range, the M240i xDrive produces 369bhp, while a pair of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are also available. 

Read more about the new BMW 2 Series here.

BMW M4

On sale: Now

The BMW M4 has followed the new 4 Series into showrooms alongside the new M3. The new M halo car boasts up to 503bhp from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine and xDrive all-wheel drive for the first time, along with switchable driving modes to send all the power to the rear wheels in certain settings.

Read our review of the BMW M4 Coupe here.

Mercedes SL

2021 Mercedes SL in camouflage - front end

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On sale: December

A new Mercedes SL is coming this year, and it’ll take the place of the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet at the top of the brand’s range. A fabric roof will be fitted, rather than a metal one, and the SL will be developed by AMG to make it better to drive than the current model.

Read more about the new Mercedes SL here.

MG e-Motion

On sale: Late 2021

MG is reportedly working on a sporty new coupe model. It’ll be electric, like the ZS EV, and may cost around £30,000. That would undercut all its rivals, yet the MG e-Motion would still offer over 300 miles of range and a very sports car-like 0-62mph time of four seconds.

Nissan 400Z

H.Mochizuki

On sale: Autumn

Despite slow sales, Nissan seems keen to carry on its ‘Z’ sports car lineage. The model, likely to be called ‘400Z’, has since been previewed by this Nissan Z-Proto concept. Very few components will be carried over from the current 370Z, which has been on sale almost unchanged for over a decade. However, it looks like this new model won’t be coming to Europe.

Read more about the Nissan 370Z successor here.

Porsche 911 GT3

Blue Porsche 911 GT3

On sale: Now

The Porsche 911 range has welcomed a hardcore GT3 RS model with a vast rear spoiler and a 198mph top speed. It’ll also be subjected to weight-saving measures and will feature sticky track tyres, not to mention a 500bhp naturally aspirated engine.

Read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 here.

Saloons and estates coming in 2021

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio GTA

On sale: Summer

In standard form, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon is less expensive than its main rivals but you can pay nearly £100,000 more than a regular Quadrifoglio for the new GTA and GTAm models. They’re limited to 500 cars, and both get a power hike and lots of carbon-fibre trim.

Read more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolgio GTA here.

BMW i4

2021 BMW i4

On sale: Winter

BMW promises a range of up to 372 miles for the i4, a swoopy four-door saloon that’s a similar size to the BMW 3 Series. A large battery pack ensures sports car-like performance; power stands at 523bhp and 0-62mph is dealt with in just four seconds. The i4 will also feature level 3 autonomous driving technology - the car will be able to drive itself (where permitted) but you’ll still be able to take control when you want. An electric 3 Series will also launch in 2021.

Read more about the BMW i4 here.

BMW M3 Competition

2021 BMW M3 Competition saloon - front 3/4 static

On sale: Now

The BMW M3 and M4 have now been unveiled. All UK M3s will be in Competition spec, getting a power output of 503bhp and an automatic gearbox as standard. Four-wheel drive will be available for the first time, as will a drift monitor that measures the distance of powerslides on a track.

Read our review of the new BMW M3 here.

BMW M5 CS

2021 BMW M5 CS - front 3/4 static

On sale: Spring

The BMW M5 isn’t lacking in power but BMW has now released a more hardcore CS model with 626bhp. There are exclusive styling tweaks like the yellow headlight elements but the CS comes with a hefty £140,000 price tag.

Read more about the new BMW M5 CS here.

Kia Stinger facelift

Kia Stinger GT-S

On sale: Now

The Kia Stinger has been given a slight update for 2021 and Kia has decided to slash the model range. The changes are limited to a slight styling refresh and updated technology, and now there’s only the range-topping GT-S model available, as it accounted for the majority of sales anyway. Prices start from around £42,00 upwards.

Read our review of the updated Kia Stinger here.

Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-Class driving

On sale: Now

The new Mercedes C-Class is now on sale. Prices start from around £38,000 and the new C-Class bears some resemblance to the latest Mercedes E-Class. The diesel engines have mild-hybrid technology to reduce emissions and there is a plug-in hybrid version that’s capable of more than 60 miles on electric power. 

Read our reviews of the new Mercedes C-Class saloon and the C-Class estate here

Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-AMG C43 in development

On sale: Autumn

Mercedes is already working on a faster version of the next-generation C-Class, and this C43 model will sit below the flagship C63. It’ll still have over 400bhp, though, and with four-wheel-drive 0-62mph will be dispatched in around 4.5 seconds.

Read more about the Mercedes-AMG C43 here.

Mercedes-AMG GT 73 EQ Power+

On sale: Summer

The Porsche Panamera has employed hybrid power on its fastest models for a little while now, and the rival Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door looks set to join it. Speed will still be top priority, as the powertrain is expected to produce nearly 800bhp and result in a 0-62mph time under three seconds.

Mercedes-AMG E63 facelift

Mercedes-AMG E63 saloon driving

On sale: Now

This is the facelifted Mercedes-AMG E63. Thanks to a 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine, the saloon and estate pair will produce over 600bhp and can match their nearest rivals like the BMW M5 and Audi RS6 for straight-line acceleration. As with the old model, you’ll need around £100,000 to park one on your driveway.

Read our review of the new Mercedes-AMG E63 here.

Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

On sale: Now

A fast plug-in hybrid Peugeot 508 is set to top the range in the coming months. The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered is available in both fastback and estate body styles, packing 355bhp and a 5.2-second 0-62mph time. You can also travel for 26 miles on electric power, and the Peugeot Sport Engineered cars get extra equipment over a standard 508.

Read our review of the Peugeot 508 here.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo estate

On sale: Now

The Porsche Taycan range has expanded with the introduction of the Cross Turismo estate. It’ll be an indirect rival to performance estates like the Audi RS6 and new Mercedes-AMG E63, while offering more practicality over the Taycan saloon. The Cross Turismo gets the same powertrain options as the saloon, with even the 4S model capable of 0-62mph in around 4 seconds. The flagship Turbo and Turbo S models will be quicker, taking around three seconds to achieve 62mph from a standing start.

Read our review of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo here.

Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion

Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept

On sale: Late 2021

The Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion is an estate version of the ID. Vizzion saloon, due in a couple of years’ time. It’s slightly bigger than a Volkswagen Passat Estate, and has a large 82kWh battery. The stats look promising; 367 miles of range, 335bhp and 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds. Just like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the doors are opened digitally.

Read more about the Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion here.

Volkswagen Golf R estate

VW Golf R estate

On sale: Autumn

A new version of the Volkswagen Golf R estate is due this summer. It closely follows the hatchback, with the same sporty styling and a 316bhp petrol engine, but with greater practicality. Like the old car, VW’s 4MOTION four-wheel drive is standard along with an automatic gearbox. A special ‘R-Performance’ pack is also available, adding a specific driving mode for the Nurburgring racetrack and a drift setting, which allows the driver to do tyre-smoking powerslides. 

Read more about the new Volkswagen Golf R estate here. 

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