Best new cars for 2019

24 Oct, 2019 11:50am Jonathan Burn

These are the best new cars set to arrive in 2019, featuring a particularly fine crop of EVs, hybrids, SUVs and sports cars...

If 2018 was the year of the SUV, the best new cars for 2019 are all about electrification, as there are a host of new hybrid and full EV models in the pipeline. 

All-new groundbreaking electric cars such as the Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID.3 are leading the way as we head towards the end of the decade with more and more manufacturers trying to muscle in on the growing EV market. 

However, the popularity of SUVs shows no sign of waning and we'll still see new 4x4s making an appearance on our list of the best new cars for 2019, including the new Kia XCeed, the Skoda Kamiq and the Mercedes GLB, there will even be the long-awaited return of the Land Rover Defender to look forward to.

Audi A1 CityCarver

Price: From £20,000 (est)
On sale: Winter 2019

Audi is extending its refreshed A1 range with the new Citycarver, an SUV-inspired spin on the small hatchback, which will reach UK dealers late this year. Sitting between Sport and S Line trims, it has a distinctive exterior with black plastic wheelarches, redesigned front bumper and side skirts, a unique grille that’s inspired by the firm’s Q models. 

Raised suspension increases the Citycarver’s ride height by 40mm, with 16-inch wheels fitted as standard. A choice of 30 TFSI or 35 TFSI petrol engines offers power outputs of 94bhp and 148bhp respectively, and there will be the option of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

Audi RS Q8

Price: From £120,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Audi is continuing its policy of creating a high-performance RS version of every model in its range, with the next example being the RS Q8. Seen in a partial disguise ahead of its official debut later this year, the RS Q8 is the most aggressive-looking SUV to come from the brand, with slim headlights, a huge front grille and bulging wheelarches.

The RS Q8 sits on the same platform as the Lamborghini Urus, and the new Audi flagship is expected to share its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which also appears in the latest RS 6. That should mean the RS Q8 will offer a minimum of 592bhp and 800Nm of torque delivered via an eight-speed automatic transmission through to a quattro four-wheel-drive set-up. 

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Price: From £176,000
On sale: Now

Joining the impressive Continental GT coupé in the Bentley range is this Convertible version, providing top-down sensations alongside the traditional mix of luxury and performance. Like its fixed-roof sibling, the Continental GT Convertible sits on the tech-heavy MSB platform shared with the Porsche Panamera, which gives the Continental the flexibility of four-wheel drive and adjustable air suspension.

The Convertible shares the coupé’s 626bhp 6.0-litre W12 engine, giving a top speed of 207mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds, despite a kerbweight of 2.4 tonnes. Refinement is close to that of the coupé, thanks to an acoustically optimised roof and double glazing.

Bentley Flying Spur

Price: £200,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Bentley is aiming to redefine luxury grand touring when the third-generation Flying Spur arrives this autumn. The clean-sheet design switches to a new platform, using the same MSB architecture as the Continental GT and Porsche Panamera, which helps to save weight despite the longer wheelbase.

Initially a 626bhp 6.0-litre W12 engine will be offered, which drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to give a top speed of 207mph and 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds. The new four-wheel-drive system can divert up to 100 per cent of the power to the rear wheels, while four-wheel steering is fitted for the first time.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

Price: £80,000
On sale: Now

The four-door Gran Coupé is the final car to join BMW’s range of 8 Series models, and it has been designed to rival other large coupés such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS. Sharing similarities with the Coupé and Convertible models front and rear, the Gran Coupé has a different centre section, where 201mm has been added to the wheelbase, giving a considerable 231mm increase in overall length.

The Gran Coupé offers a 4+1 seat configuration, and the centre console runs the full length of the car to provide climate controls for rear-seat passengers. Luggage space has also increased over the standard Coupé, with 440 litres available. Engine options include one diesel and two petrols, with the flagship M850i xDrive using a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that develops 523bhp and 750Nm of torque.

BMW X6

Price: From £59,340
On sale: Now

BMW’s expanding range of SUVs has been enhanced by this, the third-generation X6, which is already on sale. The latest version is no less eye-catching than previous incarnations, with a sloping, coupé-like roofline, wide rear lights and an illuminated kidney grille, which is a first for a BMW vehicle.

It sits on architecture shared with the current X5, but compared with the previous model, it is 26mm longer, 15mm wider and 6mm lower. Crucially, it also has a wider front track than before for sharper handling. Two petrol and two diesel engines are available, while xDrive four-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto box are standard on all versions.

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