Best new cars for 2015

23 Jul, 2014 11:00am Steve Walker

2015 is already shaping up to be a vintage year for new car launches. We round up the best new cars for 2015 here...

Buying a new car can sometimes be a bit of a battle against time: do you buy the best model available now, or wait until that brand-new car appears that defeats all the older rivals? Sometimes it's hard to know what's coming up in the near future, so we've put together a list of the best cars that are coming out in 2015. All the biggest and most important cars we know are coming in 2015 can be found below.

Many of 2015's biggest launches are yet to be revealed, but with the Paris Motor Show on the horizon we should start to see some official pictures and entails on these cars. The Jaguar XE, a new compact executive, is one to look out for: it's a newcomer to that segment, and could challenge the BMW 3 Series for class dominance.

The all-new Volvo XC90, a premium SUV, isn't a new arrival to its segment but it is a totally new version of an existing model. Its advanced safety tech and upmarket interior mean it will be a strong competitor in its class.

New models we've not seen yet also include the new Audi R8, Hyundai i20 and Audi A4, but there are some we've clapped eyes on already: the Mazda 2, Ford Edge and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider are all set for next year as well.

So, 2015 has all the hallmarks of a year that will live long in the memory of car fans. Just scroll down the page for the latest details on all the year's newcomers.

The best new cars coming in 2015

Jaguar XE

Price: £25k (est)
On sale: early 2015

Jaguar-XE-front

The XE is going to be Jaguar’s most important car for years. It’ll be aiming to break German brands’ dominance of the compact executive class, with a raft of new technology to lure buyers away from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. This shot of the nose is all we’ve seen so far, but a clean design with XJ styling cues is a strong starting point.

This will be the first Jaguar to use a new aluminium platform – which also serves as the basis for the upcoming C-X17 SUV – and will be offered with a variety of new four-cylinder engines. Some will emit less than 100g/km of CO2 and others will help the car top 186mph. We’ll see the production model by the end of the year, with estate and coupé versions to follow.

Volvo XC90

Price: £40k (est)
On sale: Early 2015

Volvo-XC90-profile

While the new Volvo XC90 hasn’t been officially revealed yet, our exclusive image (left) gives you a clue about how it could look. Its design will be heavily influenced by the Volvo XC Coupé seen at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. The SUV will also be the first production Volvo to be based on the SPA architecture, constructed from a mix of lightweight, high-strength steels. An all-new 302bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, twinned with an electric motor, has been confirmed.

Mazda2

Price: £12k (est)
On sale: Early 2015

Mazda 2 2014 front

There's a lot at stake with the new Mazda 2, but the changes over the previous model are pretty extensive.

It gets a range of new SKYACTIV technologies that improve the chassis, powertrains, body and suspension, and there's also a serious visual update as well: it's far more stylish than the current 2.

Four new trim levels improve things inside as well, with better materials, higher quality and stronger refinement, which should take the fight to its European rivals. 

Honda Jazz

Price: £14,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

New-Honda-Jazz-Hybrid

third generation of Honda’s popular Jazz arrives next year. The design will be a departure from the current supermini, and the car will strengthen its place at the top of the class for interior space.

Not only will it retain the current Jazz’s Magic Seats, with their flip-up bases, an increase in wheelbase length will mean even more room. Plus, there’ll be more engines – as well as an improved hybrid and two petrol engines, a diesel will join the range. And Honda will boost the handling, to rival Ford’s Fiesta.

Audi R8

Price: £100,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

2015 Audi R8

If you’ve already pored over the technical specs of Lamborghini’s new Huracán, you’ll know a fair amount about Audi’s all-new R8. The cars share the same mixed-material chassis, combining a carbon fibre section with an aluminium spaceframe for lower weight and improved stiffness. Like the Huracán, the R8 won’t be offered with a manual box – only a seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic – but it will be longer and wider than the Lambo 
for improved comfort and stability.

Ford S-MAX

Price: £23,000
On sale: early 2015

Ford-S-Max-concept-front-quarter-picture

The second generation of Ford’s sporty MPV was seen in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. But we’ll have to wait until the end of this year to see the showroom version. That’s because Ford wants to get the launch of the new Mondeo out of the way, then the S-MAX can start rolling down the same production line in Valencia, Spain.

However, the concept is said to be very close to the finished version, so expect a similar design, plus tech like self-parking and the 
latest SYNC 2 infotainment system to feature. Engines will include the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol, a broad choice of diesels and a hybrid.

Hyundai i20

Price: £10.5k (est)
On sale: early 2015

New-Hyundai-i20-spy-shot

The Hyundai i20 was only facelifted recently, but that hasn’t stopped the brand pressing ahead with an all-new model, which is due to debut
at the Paris Motor Show in October. It’ll be among the largest cars in its class, as Hyundai bids to offer more space and value than rival models such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. There’ll also be a hot-hatch version, wearing Hyundai’s new ‘N’ performance branding.

Audi A4

Price: £24k (est)
On sale: early 2015

New-Audi-A4-front

The new A4 will mark a bold new era for Audi’s saloon-car design. With a front-end treatment similar to the new TT, it’ll feature a sharp new grille, slimmer headlights and the four-ring badge placed on the bonnet. Audi also plans to usurp the BMW 3 Series as the best-handling car in the class, thanks to a 100kg weight reduction from the current car. As well as the usual petrol and diesel engines, hybrid models are expected.

Ford Edge

Price: £26,000 (est)
On sale: 2015

Ford Edge SUV front on

The new Ford Edge SUV has been revealed, and is set to arrive in UK showrooms in 2015. It's larger than the Focus-based Kuga and Fiesta-based EcoSport, being based on the Mondeo platform.

It retains the chunky styling of the Edge concept unveiled at last year’s LA Motor Show, and should appeal to buyers looking for tech connectivity, too.

The Edge is already on sale in the US, but has not previously been offered in the UK. It comes here as part of Ford's new global strategy, which brings cars like the Edge to places where they wouldnot have previously been offered.

Honda Civic Type-R

Price: £30k (est)
On sale: March 2015

New-Honda-Civic-Type-R

Honda promises its next Civic Type R will be a true race car for the road. And while the brand has already gone public with its desire to break the sub-eight-minute Nürburgring lap record set recently by SEAT’s Leon Cupra, the Type R Concept (above) gave us a hint of the wild looks.

Flared wheelarches, quad exhausts and a huge rear wing will all grace the new car, which Honda now sees as a rival for the VW Golf R. It’ll be priced accordingly, too, and while it won’t have 4WD, the Type R will get a new direct-injection 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo developing “over 276bhp”.

Ford Mondeo Vignale

Price: £30k (est)
On sale: early 2015

Ford-Mondeo-Vignale

Would you pay £30,000 for a Mondeo? Ford thinks so, as the large family car will be the first model to be offered in a new flagship Vignale range. Setting it apart are quilted leather, Alcantara rooflining and different alloys. Other models will follow, such as the Focus – but Ford is describing Vignale as an ownership experience, with cars sold from bespoke areas of dealers, and buyers getting benefits like free valeting for the model’s lifetime.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Price: £45,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2015

Alfa-Romeo-4C-Spider

It was inevitable that Alfa would chop the roof off the 4C at some point... One of the big benefits of the 4C coupé’s carbon fibre monocoque construction is its stiffness, so Alfa claims the roof mechanism only adds 60kg to the 895kg kerbweight – if engineers had needed to strengthen the body, it would have been a lot more.

The stunning Spider is set to stick with the coupé’s drivetrain, so that means a 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox – and it should translate into a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 155mph top speed. Plus, revised headlights and a new exhaust should ensure the Spider looks and sounds even better than the coupé.

Toyota FT-1

Price: £45,000
On sale: late 2015

Toyota-FT-1-exterior-picture

It’s hard not to see the FT-1 as a replacement for the Supra, even though Toyota is officially referring to the concept as a design study. And given how well the car was received at its debut at January’s Detroit Motor Show, a replacement for the coupe could become reality.

A spokesman confirmed the intention is to gauge reaction to the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive FT-1 and “take the plan from there”. Toyota has remained tight-lipped over engines, but did reveal that it isn’t a hybrid.

Ford Mustang

Price: £30,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

New-Ford-Mustang

Fans of American muscle cars rejoice. The sixth-generation Mustang will come to the UK in right-hand drive next spring. There’ll be a 304bhp 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost model and a top-spec 420bhp 5.0 V8.

Coupes and convertibles will be offered, as will six-speed manual or auto boxes. As it’s now a global car, Ford has added multi-link rear suspension for the first time, while torque vectoring and a limited-slip diff should give fine handling. The coupé is expected to start at £30k; the V8 from £35k.

Infiniti Q30

Price: £16,000 (est)
On sale: spring 2015

Infiniti Q30 concept

Infiniti calls the Q30 a fusion of a hatchback, a crossover and a coupé, and it’s the Nissan-owned premium brand’s take on posh hatchbacks like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. As part of the tie-up between Infiniti and Mercedes, the newcomer will be built on the latest A-Class’ MFA platform.

The Q30 is seen as essential for expanding Infiniti’s market share in Europe, and the car will be assembled in the UK, at Nissan’s Sunderland factory on Wearside.

Honda NSX

Price: £100,000 (est)
On sale: mid-2015

Honda-NSX-Concept

As well as launching a new Civic Type R (Page 60) and returning to F1 as an engine builder, Honda will revive its NSX next year. But the new supercar will be a hybrid. A mid-mounted direct-injection V6 will drive the rear wheels through a twin-clutch gearbox, while three electric motors – two on the front axle and one built into the gearbox – give the car four-wheel drive and a combined power output of over 400bhp. The motors will also have a torque vectoring function, ensuring agile handling.

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Does anyone else see the influence of Alfa Mito on the Hazumi Concept (Mazda 2)?
I'm watching how it develops. Bored with partner buying Ford Fiestas for sporty handling.
Mazdas usually look ok and drive with some zest. But not buying one for the sake...
It will have to be good.

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