Best new cars for 2018

24 Oct, 2018 9:25am

We take a look at the best new cars still to come in 2018, including the new Audi A1, BMW 8 Series and Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The year may be drawing slowly to a close but there are still a heap of new cars set to arrive in showrooms before the year is out. Everything from superminis to SUVs and plug-in hybrids to full EVs are soon to arrive in the UK. So if you’ve got a big deposit burning a hole in your bank account, it can be difficult to decide what to do with it.

We can’t promise to make your choice any easier, but below we can at least give you all the information you need. We’ll tell you exactly what’s coming, when it’ll arrive, how much it’s likely to cost and, crucially, whether it’s worth holding on for. So don’t sign on the dotted line on a new car until you’ve read our essential guide.

Audi A1

Price: From £17k (est)
On sale: December

Audi’s newest A1 promises improved practicality and more technology. Now available only as a five-door Sportback, the new-generation supermini is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model. It features a less cluttered interior dominated by either a 10.1 or 8.8-inch touchscreen, depending on the trim level. The wide range of petrol engines comprises a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo producing either 95bhp or 116bhp, a 1.5-litre turbo with 148bhp and a 2.0 turbo boasting 197bhp. Diesels have been dropped.

Audi Q3

Price: From £28,000 (est)
On sale: November

A bigger, more technology-focused version of Audi’s mid-range SUV, the new Q3 features a roomier cabin and a semi-autonomous driving mode capable of controlling steering, braking and acceleration for short periods of time. Inside, the new Q3’s dash features either an 8.8 or 10.1-inch touchscreen, depending on the trim level. Audi says practicality has also been improved with the addition of a sliding rear bench, allowing anywhere between 530 and 675 litres of storage. These figures both surpass the BMW X1’s 505-litre boot capacity. With the backrest laid flat, the Q3’s total load space grows to 1,525 litres. Under the bonnet there’s a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel; power ranges from 148bhp to 227bhp.

Audi SQ2

Price: From £35,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2018

Audi’s newest SUV is the pocket-sized SQ2. It might be small, but it packs a real punch, offering 296bhp from a 2.0-litre turbo. It puts its power to the road via a dual-clutch gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. That means a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds and a 155mph top speed. It’s marked out by a subtle bodykit and chunky wheelarches, four tailpipes sprouting from the rear bumper. When it arrives at the end of the year, the Audi is sure to give the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 a run for its money.

Bentley Bentayga hybrid

Price: From £140,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2018

The Bentayga SUV will be Bentley’s first attempt at a plug-in hybrid. It’ll feature a new 3.0-litre V6 petrol turbo allied with an electric motor, to deliver CO2 emissions of 75g/km and an all-electric range of 31 miles. The car is tailored towards efficiency, with the satellite-navigation set-up working with the hybrid drivetrain to calculate the best combination of electric motor and engine usage for every journey.

BMW 8 Series

Price: From £76,270
On sale: Now

The BMW 8 Series has returned to the company’s line-up after a near-20-year hiatus. A two-door coupé will be the first of three body styles, closely followed by a convertible and a four-door coupé by the end of 2019. The 8 Series is not just a shortened version of the 7 Series, either; it features a unique chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up, tech from BMW’s GTE Le Mans racer. Launch engines will be a 3.0-litre diesel six-cylinder with 320bhp and 680Nm of torque, and a 4.4 twin-turbo petrol V8 with 530bhp and 700Nm.

BMW X5

Price: From £56,710
On sale: Now

This is the all-new BMW X5. Now in its fourth generation, the SUV features a mild styling evolution to match the newest models in the BMW family and a choice of three engines. UK buyers can choose from two diesels and one petrol; the most popular choice is likely to be the 261bhp xDrive30d. The 3.0-litre diesel can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, while offering reasonable economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 158g/km. Technology is considerable, with a 12.3-inch screen dominating the dash. It controls most of the X5’s functions via rotary dial, voice, gesture and touchscreen inputs.

Cupra Ateca

Price: From £35,900
On sale: Autumn

SEAT’s new performance brand, Cupra, will launch its hot Ateca SUV before the end of the year. The new car will feature a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, four-wheel drive and adaptive suspension. Cupra claims a top speed of 152mph and a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds. Cupra-specific badging and paintwork will mask the Ateca’s origins as a SEAT car. The cabin will be trimmed in Alcantara, and feature an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen and a fully-digital instrument panel.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Price: From £74,835 (est)
On sale: Now

The high-performance SUV sector gets another addition with the F-Pace SVR. Tuned by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) arm, the family SUV now has the same power as the legendary XJ220 supercar. Under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 pushing out 542bhp and 680Nm of torque. The F-Pace SVR promises 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 175mph. Crucially for Jaguar, the new car is more powerful and faster than its direct rival, the Porsche Macan Turbo.

Jeep Wrangler

From: £44,495
On sale: Now

Jeep’s all-new Wrangler retains its boxy shape, albeit with a fresh grille and rear lights, a slightly wider and longer body. It also comes with boosted off-road credentials, thanks to stronger front and rear axles, bigger skid plates and larger brakes on all models. A toolkit with each car will let owners remove the doors and fold down the windscreen. UK buyers will have a choice of two engines: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo with 200bhp and 400Nm, and a 2.2 diesel delivering 197bhp and 450Nm.

Kia e-Niro

Price: From £30k (est)
On sale: December

Kia’s new e-Niro has one standout figure: 301.That’s the number of miles of electric range it can return from a single charge. As with its sister car, the Hyundai Kona Electric, the e-Niro will be sold with a choice of battery sizes – a 39.2kWh pack with 193 miles of range, and the higher-capacity 64kWh version delivering that magic 301 miles.

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