Best new cars coming in 2022

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

Small SUVs coming in 2022

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

On sale: April

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale will be the brand’s smallest SUV model to date, rivalling the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. It has a similar design to the larger Stelvio, with a triangular front grille and slim upswept headlights. Powertrains are likely to be shared with other models from the Stellantis Group, with a choice of small petrol engines alongside a plug-in hybrid.

Read more about the Alfa Romeo Tonale here.

BMW iX1

On sale: 2022

A new BMW X1 is in development, with the next-generation model likely to launch in 2022. Both hybrid and electric versions will be available, with the latter set to be called the BMW iX1. Our image suggests how it might look.

Read more about the BMW X1 and iX1 here.

Smart #1

Smart #1 SUV

On sale: autumn

Smart is broadening its electric small-car range with a new #1 SUV to take on the Renault ZOE and DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. The hashtag in the name is to appear youthful, Smart says.

Read more about the Smart #1 here.

Family SUVs coming in 2022

Citroen C5 X Crossover

Citroen C5 X

On sale: now

The Citroen C5 X is the brand’s new flagship model that attempts to fuse a large hatchback with SUV-style bodywork and a raised ride-height. The new car is said to offer “ultimate comfort” and a vast boot, along with a luxury interior and a 21-inch infotainment display. The C5 X won’t be offered with a diesel engine, instead getting a range of conventional petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Read more about the new Citroen C5 X here, or check out the facelifted Citroen C5 Aircross SUV.

Mazda CX-60

Mazda CX-60 SUV

Reveal: March

Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid model is coming later this year. The CX-60 will be an SUV that’s a similar size to the Mazda CX-5, and it could share powertrain technology with the Toyota RAV4 PHEV. Its interior will feature unique stitching inspired by traditional Japanese techniques.

Read more about the Mazda CX-60 here.

Kia Sportage

New Kia Sportage

On sale: now

The latest version of the popular Kia Sportage SUV has arrived, with the UK market getting a slightly smaller version over the global model. It’s larger than the current model and has an all-new interior with a pair of 12.3-inch screens. Engine choices include a regular petrol, a hybrid and a range-topping PHEV that’s capable of over 30 miles of range in EV mode.

Read our review of the new Kia Sportage here. 

Kia Niro

2022 Kia Niro SUV

On sale: 2022

For the second-generation Kia Niro, the brand’s designers have given the model a striking redesign, an updated interior and a host of new technology. The exterior borrows inspiration from the Kia Habaniro concept car, while the interior shares its new ultra-wide infotainment setup with the Sorento and EV6. There will be a choice of hybrid and PHEV models alongside a new fully electric Kia e-Niro variant.

Read more about the new Kia Niro here. 

Maserati Grecale

Maserati Grecale prototype

On sale: spring

Maserati’s second SUV is in the pipeline. It’ll be called the Grecale and will rival the Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Parts will be shared with the Alfa Romeo, and Maserati has confirmed an electric version wearing a ‘Folgore’ badge.

Read more about the Maserati Grecale here.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya front/side view

On sale: now

Nissan has launched an electric SUV called the Ariya. It’ll be a similar size to the Nissan X-Trail SUV but more of a swooping roofline will mean it’s a spacious five-seater instead of a seven-seater. We expect Nissan’s next-generation ProPilot driver assistance to be fitted, perhaps giving the car self-driving capability.

Read more about the Nissan Ariya here.

Polestar 3

Polestar 3 concept

On sale: 2022

We’ll see Polestar’s third model in 2022. It may be unimaginatively named but the styling will be much bolder. Sitting on the same platform as the next Volvo XC90 (also likely to arrive in 2022), the Polestar will be sportier, highlighted by a sloping coupe-style roof, and perhaps more luxurious. It’ll be fully electric and have a range of over 300 miles.

Read more about the Polestar 3 here.

Renault Austral

2022 Renault Austral SUV teaser

Reveal: March

Renault is replacing the Kadjar with a new SUV called the Austral. It’ll come with mild-hybrid engines from launch, and a hybrid model will join later on. Renault’s teasers suggest a sharp looking design with plenty of technology inside.

Read more about the Renault Austral here.

Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

2022 Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

On sale: 2022

The new Renault Megane E-TECH Electric is an evolution of the brand’s family hatchback, with a new crossover design and a pure-electric powertrain. It sits on the same platform as the forthcoming Nissan Ariya and wears the E-TECH badge seen on the brand’s other electrified models. Renault claims the new car will be capable of up to 292 miles of range between charges, a figure that puts it in direct competition with the Kia EV6, Ioniq 5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV

Skoda Enyaq Coupe vRS

On sale: now

The Skoda Enyaq lineup has been expanded with a new stylish Coupe iV model. The new car shares the same bodywork as the regular Enyaq from the nose to the B-pillar, with the Coupe iV getting a more rakish roofline towards the rear. It also gets the same powertrains, trim levels, interior technology and only a slight reduction in boot space over its SUV-bodied sibling. A range-topping Enyaq iV vRS model has also been launched.

Read more about the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV here

SsangYong Korando e-Motion SUV

SsangYong Korando e-Motion

On sale: now

SsangYong’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai is now available as an electric model. The SsangYong Korando e-Motion is powered by a 61.5kWh battery and 200 miles on a full charge is expected. A price tag starting in the region of £30,000 could tempt buyers to consider this left-field electric SUV choice.

Read more about the SsangYong Korando e-Motion here.

Subaru Solterra

On sale: 2022

2022 Subaru Solterra

On sale: 2022

The Solterra is the brand’s first full EV, a model that was jointly developed alongside the Toyota bZ4X. It shares the same technology and platform as the Toyota, and is capable of a range of around 280 miles on a charge. In keeping with Subaru’s reputation for making off-road capable vehicles, the Solterra boasts 210mm of ground clearance. Subaru has revealed there will be both front and four-wheel drive versions but has not yet confirmed if both will be sold in the UK.

Read more about the Subaru Solterra here.

Toyota bZ4X

2022 Toyota bZ4X

On sale: late 2022

The Toyota bZ4X is the brand's first pure-electric model and is the sister car to the Subaru Solterra. The ‘bZ’ part of the name stands for ‘Beyond Zero’, a nameplate that will feature on an array of new EV models from the brand in the next few years. The bZX4 offers an identical 280-mile range as its Subaru-badged counterpart, plus standard fast-charging capability and a choice of front or four-wheel drive.

Read more about the new Toyota bZX4 here.

Volkswagen ID.5

Volkswagen ID.5

On sale: now

The ID.4 has been joined by a coupe-styled ID.5 electric SUV. It’ll have few direct rivals at the time of launch, and will offer bigger motors and batteries than the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. Nearly all models are expected to have a motor on each axle, giving four-wheel drive.

Read more about the Volkswagen ID.5 here.

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