Best new cars for 2020

2 Dec, 2019 4:30pm Jonathan Burn

From electric SUVs to exotic supercars, we look at the best cars due to arrive in 2020

We’ve seen an influx of electric cars and SUVs lately and 2020 looks set to continue the trend. Cars like the Audi Q4 e-tron and Tesla Model Y will even combine the two growing segments. 

The new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette, Lexus LC F and Porsche 911 GT3 should be enough to keep petrol-heads satisfied, while in the realm of the hypercar the Mercedes-AMG One promises to bring F1-tech to the road and Lotus plans on launching its first-ever hypercar, the 1,972bhp all-electric Evija.

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Meanwhile, 2020 will have a few shocks and surprises in store in the shape of the Aston Martin DBX as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but there will be some more conventional offerings in the new year like the new Renault Captur and SEAT Leon

Scroll down to find out about the cars set to make an impact over the coming year.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale

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

With the impressive Stelvio bringing new buyers to the brand, Alfa Romeo is looking to build on that success with the introduction of the Tonale compact SUV. The showroom model isn’t expected to change a great deal from the concept car that previewed it, so the slender headlamps and wide front bumper will remain. 

The Tonale will share a platform with the Jeep Renegade but benefits from changes to the chassis to offer ride and handling in keeping with the brand. It will also be the first Alfa Romeo to receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with the DNA drive-mode selector tweaked to allow dual-power and pure-electric running.

Alpina B3 Touring

Price: £60,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020

Alpina has worked its magic once again, creating a faster and more dynamic take on the 3 Series estate with the just-announced B3 Touring. Easily identifiable by Alpina’s signature 19-inch alloy wheel design, the B3 Touring also receives a modest bodykit and quad exhaust pipes.

BMW’s 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine features tweaked turbochargers, a bigger cooling system and an ECU remap to deliver 457bhp and 700Nm of torque; Alpina says this is sufficient for a top speed of more than 186mph. Other changes include a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes revised springs and dampers.

Aston Martin DBX

Price: From £140,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020 

Aston Martin’s long-awaited DBX SUV is almost ready for its debut, as this picture of a prototype undergoing final testing reveals. Under development since the first concept appeared in 2015, the 2020 DBX will be the first car built at Aston’s new £250million St Athan plant in Wales, giving the luxury performance marque a competitor for Bentley’s Bentayga and Lamborghini’s Urus.

The DBX will be powered by the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 already seen in the Vantage and DB11 V8 models, with an output of 542bhp and 700Nm of torque. Aston’s CEO, Andy Palmer, has also confirmed that a hybridised version of the new car will be launched to keep pace with the company’s target of offering alternatively fuelled versions of every model in its line-up by 2025. 

Audi A3

Price: From £21,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2020

Audi’s big-selling A3 is due for replacement, and prototypes are undergoing final testing ahead of its official unveiling. The new Audi A3 is expected to adopt the more chiselled nose already seen on the A4, as this KinyuKinr image shows, although the three-door version may disappear.

As with previous generations, the A3 will adopt the mechanicals of the contemporary Volkswagen Golf, in this case the latest Mk8 generation, which includes a plug-in hybrid layout mild-hybrid versions. As well as this five-door hatch, convertible and four-door saloon versions are expected to join the range later in the A3’s life. There will also be a new S3 that’s likely to have a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and four-wheel drive.

Audi etron Sportback

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

With the standard e-tron SUV showcasing Audi’s latest-generation EV technology it was only a matter of time before the spin-off body styles arrived, and the first is this, the e-tron Sportback. Previewed in disguised form, this new model will offer coupé-SUV styling with the all-electric hardware underneath. 

Like the regular e-tron, the Sportback is built on the MLB EV platform, with two electric motors giving four-wheel drive. The total output is 356bhp, with a 10-second ‘boost’ function providing 402bhp. The coupé style means reduced boot space, but expect a capacity of at least 500 litres with the seats in place, and another 60 litres under the bonnet.

Audi Q4 etron

Price: From £60,000 (est)
On sale: Summer 2020

Audi has a big electric future, and the Q4 e-tron is one of the biggest stories. This is the brand’s first car to be based on the MEB platform, which has only been used for VolkswagenSkoda and SEAT products in the past, and it will join the e-tron and e-tron Sportback in Audi’s range of EV crossovers when it arrives in the summer of 2020. 

The MEB architecture means the Q4 e-tron offers an 82kWh battery pack that drives front and rear electric motors, giving a total output of 302bhp and 460Nm of torque, as well as Audi’s signature quattro four-wheel drive. Capable of 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, the Q4 has a maximum range of more than 280 miles under WLTP rules, Audi says, with an 80 per cent charge taking half an hour.

Audi Q5

Price: £42,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2020 

Audi is working hard to keep pace with its premium competitors, with an updated Q5 due towards the end of next year. This mid-life refresh will bring subtle changes to the exterior, including new bumpers, a honeycomb grille and new headlights. Inside, the Q5 will receive the latest 12.3-inch instrument cluster alongside the twin touchscreens that now feature on Audi’s latest larger cars.

The most significant change will be to the engine line-up as a mild-hybrid set-up appears for the first time, using the same 187bhp 40 TFSI and 242bhp 45 TFSI petrol powertrains as the Audi A4. The Q5 will also continue with its 187bhp 40 TDI diesel unit but this time it’s boosted by the addition of 12V mild-hybrid technology. All units will send their power to a quattro four-wheel-drive system via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Audi RS 6 Avant

Price: From £85,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020 

The next generation of Audi’s flagship high-performance estate has arrived in the shape of the new RS 6 Avant, which combines 190mph potential with fuel-saving technology. The RS 6 has a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine at its heart, delivering 592bhp and 800Nm of torque, but also offers mild-hybrid tech and cylinder deactivation to boost fuel economy.

Dramatic exterior changes include a body that is 40mm wider than the previous model’s, with flared wheelarches covering 21-inch alloys, while standard models are fitted with air suspension.

Opt for the Dynamic Package Plus and you get steel springs, adjustable dampers and four-wheel steering, while the limited top speed rises from the standard 155mph to a supercar-rivalling 190mph.

Audi RS 7

Price: £90,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020

Hot on the heels of the impressive S7 comes the Audi RS 7, mi turbocharged petrol and mild-hybrid technology for the first time. Similar in mechanical layout to the just-announced RS 6 Avant, the RS 7 delivers 592bhp from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine and drives all four wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. 

A healthy 800Nm of torque means the RS 7 will be capable of 0-62mph in less than four seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 155mph. But the RS 7’s mild-hybrid tech helps to cut emissions, with up to 12kW of energy harvested during coasting. Cylinder deactivation tech allows it to operate on just four cylinders in the right conditions.

Audi RS Q3 Sportback

Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2020

Sticking to its plan of offering a high-performance version of almost every model in its range, Audi has just unveiled its RS Q3 Sportback compact SUV. Sporting the typical RS visual upgrades, including a substantial bodykit, larger alloy wheels and a lowered ride height, the new RS Q3 Sportback is also expected to use the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine as the current RS3.

With four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard, the RS Q3 Sportback will be capable of a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds. It shares the upgrades bestowed on the regular Q3 Sportback range, too, including the latest-generation touchscreen and digital instrument panel arrangement.