Best new cars for 2015

24 Oct, 2014 12:49pm

From supercars to superminis, we reveal some of the most exciting new cars for 2015

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 so before you put down that deposit scroll down the page and make sure there isn't a better option just over the horizon.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Price: from £22,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2015

Alfa's rebirth, started by the 4C, will continue with the all-new Giulia. Penned as a rival for the BMW 3 Series and new Jaguar XE, the Italian saloon will be rear-wheel drive and potentially powered by a range of Fiat’s MultiAir engines. The wraps will come off next July before arriving in showrooms before the end of the year. Our image gives you some idea as to how the svelte saloon will look in hot QV guise, with strong lines and a distinctive grille. But don’t expect the design to be as lavish as Alfas of old.

Also coming soon:

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Aston Martin Lagonda

Price: £400,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Aston is reviving the Lagonda name with this stunning luxury saloon. Heavily inspired by the 1976 original, but crammed with modern tech such as LED lights and carbon-fibre bodywork, the new Lagonda will be limited to just 100 cars and sold only in the Middle East. It’s based on the DB9 and Vanquish’s aluminium VH architecture, uses the same 565bhp 5.9-litre V12 and will be hand-built at Aston’s Gaydon factory in Warks.

Audi R8

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

Audi rewrote the supercar rulebook by combining sublime handling and usability in the original R8. The new Audi R8 gets an aluminium and carbon-fibre hybrid chassis, shared with the Lamborghini Huracán, and will stick with a choice of V8 and V10 engines with an S tronic twin-clutch box as standard. However, Audi plans to shake up the supercar class with an all-electric e-tron version. Previewed by 2009’s concept, this will cover up to 250 miles on a single charge, bosses claim.

Audi TT Roadster

Price: from £31,970
On sale: mid November

Revealed at the recent Paris Motor Show, the TT Roadster is just as good to look at as the new coupé, with the same chiselled grille and sharp headlights. But it adds a fully electric folding fabric roof, as well as an anticipated price premium of around £2,200 over the equivalent hard-top model. A storming 306bhp TTS will go on sale early next year, but engine choices at launch will be limited to the 182bhp 2.0 TDI diesel or 227bhp 2.0 TFSI petrol. A six-speed manual box is standard, or a dual-clutch S tronic auto is another £1,370. Quattro four-wheel drive is optional on the 2.0 TFSI and standard on the TTS Roadster. A potent five-cylinder TT RS is in the pipeline, too.

Also coming soon:

Audi Q7
Price: from £45,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

BMW M2

Price: from £40,000 (est)
On sale: Autumn 2015

Following the success of the milder M235i, BMW is cooking up a more extreme proposition in the new M2. The rear-wheel-drive coupé will feature a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo with more than 350bhp and the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT auto box from the current M3. You can also expect a substantially wider track and more flared bodywork, along with 19-inch lightweight alloys and upgraded brakes. A limited-slip differential will also be offered as standard.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 7-seater

Price: £25,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

A growth spurt is on the horizon for the 2 Series Active Tourer. The car is currently only available with five seats, but BMW will boost its practicality by adding a third row. The seven-seater will be front-wheel drive and offered with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. A more frugal 2.0-litre diesel version will also be available, although there’s no word on a name yet.

Also coming soon:

BMW 2 Series Convertible
Price: from £29,180
On sale: february 2015

Ferrari 458M

Price: £200,000 (est)
On sale: March 2015

Ferrari is set to launch a new car every year, and the 458 Italia replacement is first on the to do list. This could be badged 458M, and while we’ve only seen spy shots of prototypes on test, it’s set for major mechanical changes. Big news is the possibility of a new downsized 3.8-litre turbo V8 – first seen in the new California T – in place of the 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8. This could offer 650bhp-plus, and cut the 0-62mph time from 3.4 seconds to around three seconds flat.

Fiat 500X

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

Meet the Fiat 500X – the latest addition to the 500 range. It may share part of its name with the charming city car but, aside from a few styling cues, that’s where the similarities end. The size difference is obvious, as the new crossover measures in at 710mm longer, 170mm wider and 120mm taller than its baby brother.
But beneath its sharp new suit, the 500X uses the same modified Punto platform as the 500L – which you’ll also find beneath the Jeep Renegade. There’s a range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, alongside a new nine-speed auto gearbox. Two and four-wheel-drive models are available.

Ford Galaxy

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

Ford’s flagship MPV may not appear to be radically different upon first inspection, but it’s what’s under the skin that counts. The Galaxy gets a brand new platform – the same one that underpins the new Edge SUV, S-MAX and Mondeo. That makes a new range of engines available, such as 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol EcoBoosts, plus new 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels. As in the Mondeo, it’s possible Ford could develop a hybrid Galaxy, with CO2 emissions around the 100g/km mark.

Also coming soon:

Ford S-MAX (& C-MAX)
Price: from £24,000 (est)
On sale: summer 2015

Honda Civic Type R

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

The new Civic Type R has been in the pipeline for quite some time now, and the showroom model is set to arrive shortly after the new year. Honda has whetted our appetite with not one but two Civic Type R concept cars, which both gave us an insight into what we can expect from what will be the brand’s most extreme hot hatch. Ensuring the Type R can compete with the likes of the VW Golf GTI and Renaultsport Mégane, Honda has told us to expect at least 278bhp from the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine – that means 0-62mph should take around six seconds. A sophisticated suspension set-up will help make use of all that power, while a new +R driving mode unlocks the car’s full potential by boosting performance, stiffening the ride and adding weightier steering.

Honda HR-V

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

The HR-V badge was last seen in 2005, but after a nine- year absence it’s set to return. Honda is looking to target the Nissan Juke with its new crossover, which features some neat practical touches to boost its family appeal. The centrally located fuel tank helps to free up more boot space and Honda’s Magic Seating arrangement gives greater flexibility. The car sits on the platform of the next-generation Jazz, meaning there should be a familiar range of engines, including a hybrid.

Honda Jazz

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

The Jazz has a strong reputation to uphold, due to the impeccable reliability records of the first and second-generation models. Honda is looking to build on that for the Jazz Mk3 supermini with a new scalable platform – which also underpins the new HR-V – as well as a bolder design and added technology. Under the bonnet, the engine range is expected to be largely familiar, with efficient 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrols, as well as an upgraded version of the petrol-electric drivetrain for the Jazz Hybrid. Practicality looks set to remain a strong point, though, with a boot capacity of around 400 litres plus Honda’s Magic Seating, which allows owners to fold the rear seats easily, and even flip up the bases, cinema-style.

Also coming soon:

Honda NSX
Price: £100,000
On sale: mid 2015

Hyundai i20

Price: from £10,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2015

The new i20 offers a more swish design and class-leading cabin space. A new platform makes it 40mm longer and 26mm wider than before, which will no doubt pay dividends for practicality. Blacked-out C-pillars and an emphasis on horizontal lines help the car appear lower and meaner than the outgoing model, too, and as for tech, Hyundai’s thrown everything in, with a reversing camera and seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav.

Also coming soon:

Hyundai i20 Coupe
Price: from £12,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2015

Infiniti Q30

Price: from £20,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2015

Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti, is taking on other premium hatchbacks, such as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and VW Golf, with the new Q30. Already revealed in concept form, it will be built in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. Under the skin, the Q30 will borrow technology from Mercedes – so as well as sitting on the MFA platform underpinning the A-Class, the car is expected to use Mercedes’ range of 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines.

Also coming soon:

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
Price: £85,000 (est)
On sale: late 2015 (est)

Jaguar XE

Price: from £26,995
On sale: May 2015

The spy shots, the teasers, the Nürburgring testing and even a dubious celebrity launch event – Jaguar’s crucial XE has dominated the headlines this year. The fact that the baby saloon will outsell the rest of the Jaguar line-up combined is reason alone for it to be one of 2015’s most important models. But there’s more reason than just flag-waving patriotism to be rooting for the Ian Callum-designed XE. For a start, it’s cleaner than the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and capable of a claimed 99g/km and 75mpg. Its interior at last showcases a much needed new infotainment system for Jaguar Land Rover, while its rear-drive chassis reportedly uses dynamic lessons learned from the XFR and F-Type.

Kia Sorento

Price: from £27,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Kia’s new SUV has benefited from the expertise of design boss Peter Schreyer, and it looks good. It’s still a seven-seat 4x4, it still offers stacks of equipment and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel is the only engine option. What’s fresh is the focus on refinement, with the new Sorento reportedly 29 per cent better soundproofed than before, and tuned to deliver less steering kickback. The car will have to be very good to beat our current favourite large SUV – Kia sister brand Hyundai’s Santa Fe – but with this sophisticated new design, the future’s looking bright.

Also coming soon:

Kia Rio
Price: from £12,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Price: from £32,395
On sale: early 2015

The Discovery Sport is a more upmarket replacement for the Land Rover Freelander. But it sits on a reworked version of the Freelander/Range Rover Evoque chassis, rather than an all-new aluminium body. It doesn’t get the Jaguar XE’s impressive new Ingenium engines yet, either. Buyers initially have to make do with the old 187bhp 2.2-litre SD4 diesel, returning 46mpg. Still, the stylish Discovery Sport should major on practicality, offering seven seats as standard. There’s also a raft of new tech, while Land Rover’s Terrain Response system will contribute to unstoppable off-road ability.

Lexus RC

Price: from £35,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015 (est)

The striking new BMW M4-rivalling RC F supercoupé was the jewel in Lexus’ crown when it was unveiled a few months ago, but what of the lesser models in the RC range? Well, we know that the only model Toyota’s premium brand is planning to bring to the UK is the 300h hybrid version. We expect similar performance
to the IS 300h, which has a 178bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine and a 41bhp electric motor, plus the usual high-quality, high-spec Lexus interior. In this guise, the car should do 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and achieve 60mpg. Other details are scarce, but the striking RC is likely to sit just above the IS in price.

Maserati Levante

Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: late 2015

The Levante will play a key role in helping Maserati achieve its target of selling 50,000 cars annually. The Kubang Concept gave us an idea of what to expect in terms of styling, with a range of high-performance engines on offer. There’ll be a turbodiesel V6 in three states of tune (247bhp, 271bhp and 345bhp), while petrol fans are catered for by a twin-turbo V6, offering either 245bhp or 414bhp. A flagship twin-turbo V8 with at least 552bhp will also feature.

Mazda CX-3

Price: TBC
On sale: mid 2015

It’s been rumoured for years now, but Mazda still hasn’t released any details about its Nissan Juke-rivalling CX-3 crossover, seen in our exclusive image. We expect the brand to reveal the CX-5’s baby brother properly soon, though, as the compact SUV market is so lucrative. It’s likely to use an extended version of the forthcoming Mazda 2’s chassis and the firm’s SkyActiv engine technology, most likely in 1.5-litre form as a petrol and diesel.

Mazda 2

Price: £12,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015 (est)

Although the MX-5 has been the star of the show for Mazda of late, the brand’s most important new car is the one you hear less about – the 2. The previous model was crowned World Car of the Year in 2008, so the new version has a lot to live up to. Looking like a shrunken 3, the stylish new supermini should take the fight to the Ford Fiesta. It’s much bigger all round and offers lots of new technology, but only weighs 40kg more – so it should still be fun to drive.

Also coming soon:

Mazda MX-5
Price: £20,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Mercedes GLC

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

Mercedes has never sold its Audi Q5-rivalling GLK in the UK before, but that’ll change with its replacement, based on the latest C-Class platform and badged GLC. Our spy shot shows it’s set to adopt a curvier look, while the stylish cabin will take cues from the C-Class. Engines will carry over, too, including the potent but gruff 168bhp and 201bhp 2.1-litre diesels. A hot AMG model is also likely. Expect to see the GLC late next year, priced at about £30,000.

Mercedes-AMG GT

Price: from £110,000(est)
On sale: early 2015

As the SLS supercar bowed out, Mercedes decided the best replacement would be a smaller, cheaper, Porsche 911 rival – and it looks like it’s hit the nail on the head. The rear-wheel-drive AMG GT is shorter and lighter than the SLS, weighing in at 1,645kg. It may have lost the gullwing doors, but the swooping roofline and long bonnet are stunning. At launch, there will be two versions, both featuring the new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch box: a ‘base’ model with 456bhp and a 503bhp GT S. These deliver 0-62mph in 4.0 and 3.8 seconds respectively. The interior looks stylish and cosy, while there’s a 350-litre boot.

Mercedes GLE

Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

Mercedes' BMW X6-rivalling GLE SUV coupé has slipped under the radar a bit. It wasn’t on display at the recent Paris Motor Show, although we’ve seen spy shots of it under the name of the ML Coupé. We still expect a production model to appear using the platform of the new GLE Class, which is what the next M-Class SUV is likely to be called. Other details are thin on the ground, but uprated petrol and diesel engines are expected, as is a 500bhp-plus AMG model to rival the X6 M.

Also coming soon:

Mercedes-AMG C 63
Price: £59,795
On sale: early 2015 (est)

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake
Price: from £28,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Mercedes S600 Maybach
Price: £200,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet Price: £110,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2015

MINI JCW

Price: £23,000 (est)
On sale: Spring 2015

MINI is putting the finishing touches to the hot John Cooper Works version of its latest hatch. It’ll top the all-new third-generation three-door range, and feature a more aggressive bodykit as part of a new design inspired by the JCW concept (above). While the Cooper gets a downsized 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, the performance flagship will stick with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, and power is likely to soar beyond 220bhp. The fresh-faced Audi S1 will be a key competitor.

MINI Clubman

Price: From £15,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

MINI gave us a glimpse of the new Clubman with this six-door concept at March’s Geneva Motor Show. Don’t expect it to change massively for production, either, with the same rear ‘barn doors’, and two full-size doors on either side. Whereas the five-door hatch goes up against the Audi A1, MINI is pitching the Clubman as a direct rival for the VW Golf.

Also coming soon:

MINI Convertible
Price: from £13,000 (est)
On sale: Summer 2015

Nissan Pulsar Nismo

Price: £25,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015 (est)

Nissan’s humdrum Pulsar hatchback is set to receive a shot in the arm with the introduction of a Nismo-tuned version to take on the VW Golf GTI. Our spies had already spotted the Pulsar Nismo testing at the Nürburgring before the wraps came off the concept at the Paris Motor Show. But the final car promises up to 247bhp from a reworked 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, putting it squarely in the middle of the hot hatch crowd. As well as aggressive styling, it’ll get suspension and steering upgrades. An even more extreme Nismo RS is expected, offering around 275bhp.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Price: £125,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

Porsche knows that its latest 911 GT3 won’t satisfy the most hardcore fans – so the RS is on the way. It will feature a wider track, larger side air vents located just in front of the wheelarches, an outrageous rear wing and a rear diffuser – all of which will increase downforce by 50 per cent. The German company has yet to confirm full details, but we expect the car to have the GT3’s PDK gearbox and the 3.8-litre, flat-six engine to be tuned to around 500bhp.

Renault Twingo GT

Price: £15,000 (est)
On sale: summer 2015

Renault loves building hot hatchbacks, so it’s no surprise that the company is planning a spicy Twingo. The new pocket rocket will probably get a more powerful version of an engine already used in the range – namely the tweaked 0.9-litre petrol turbo. A racy bodykit and bigger wheels are likely to mark out the new hot Twingo, as will a fruity-sounding exhaust system. And the name? The brand seems to be set on Twingo GT because it won’t be powerful enough to ‘earn’ an RS badge.

SEAT Leon ST Cupra

Price: £28,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

The success of the Leon Cupra three and five-door hatchbacks has encouraged SEAT to think outside the box – and our spies have caught the Leon Cupra ST on test. It’s not surprising to learn that the ST will feature the same attractive styling cues as the hatchback. It’s also pretty certain that the Cupra ST will be available in 265 (261bhp) and 280 (276bhp) forms, with the latter having distinctive design tweaks such as black door mirrors, beefier alloys and a tailgate spoiler.

Skoda Fabia Estate (Combi)

Price: £12,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Skoda has always offered an estate version of its Fabia supermini, and the forthcoming third-generation car will be no exception. The new model will offer a cavernous 530-litre boot with a movable floor to free up yet more space, and will feature the same stylish design details as its hatchback sister. When the estate arrives in early 2015, it will also borrow the engine range found in the Fabia hatchback.

Skoda Superb

Price: from £20,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

Practicality and value for money have always been the primary focus of any Skoda, but the all-new Superb will add style to that list. A much more attractive design is on the cards, revealed in our exclusive image (above), with the new saloon also set to use the VW Group’s lightweight MQB architecture. That also means it could be available with the plug-in hybrid tech VW will soon offer on its all-new Passat. The current 3.6-litre V6 faces the axe, but all-wheel drive will still be an option.

Suzuki Vitara

Price: £12,500 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Suzuki's Vitara will be reborn next year as a five-door crossover. It retains many design elements from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show concept, including a bold front grille, contoured haunches and LED lights. The bright colours, two-tone roof combinations and ‘rugged’ style package on offer should appeal to those who want to add a splash of personality to their car. That style package hints at the Vitara’s secret weapon – the new, optional ‘ALLGRIP’ four-wheel drive, with an automatic mode that kicks in when slip is detected. And it doesn’t hurt the efficiency of the 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines, either. Claimed CO2 figures range between 107g/km and 138g/km, depending on the drivetrain.

Tesla Model X

Price: from £50,000 (est)
On sale: early 2015

Tesla’s Model X is based on the same platform as the Model S supersaloon, but will arrive with seven seats and upward-opening, double-hinged ‘falcon’ doors that provide easy access to the second and third row of seats. Elegant exterior styling cues will also make their way across from the Model S, as will the minimalist dashboard that features a 17-inch touchscreen. A four-wheel-drive variant and two battery choices will be available, giving the Tesla a 250-mile range.

Also coming soon:

Tesla Model S P85D
Price: £100,000 (est)
On sale: Spring 2015

Vauxhall Astra

Price: from £13,000 (est)
On sale: mid-2015

We’ve only seen spy shots of Vauxhall’s new, seventh-generation family hatch so far, but they show a departure from the soft curves of the current model, with a lower and wider appearance. Under the bonnet, expect the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol turbo from the Corsa to be fitted, to rival Ford’s EcoBoost units. More efficient 1.6 petrols and diesels should appear too, as well as the Intellilink smartphone connection. A three-door and estate will feature later.

Also coming soon:

Vauxhall Corsa VXR
Price: £19,000 (est)
On sale: mid 2015

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Price: £23,000 (est)
On sale: Summer 2015

The latest VW Group car to get an off-road makeover is the Golf with the Alltrack, rivalling the Skoda Octavia Scout and SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE. Using the MK7 Golf Estate as a platform, VW has increased the ride height, added body cladding and toughened up the underside. Four-wheel drive is fitted, while the Alltrack is available with the 177bhp 1.8 TSI petrol, 1.6 TDI diesel and punchy 2.0 TDI in two power outputs.

Also coming soon:

VW Passat GTE
Price: £38,000 (est)
On sale: June 2015

Volvo XC90

Price: from £45,785
On sale: Spring 2015

After 12 years of the current XC90, Volvo finally has an all-new version ready to hit showrooms – the first model based on Volvo’s own chassis tech with its own engines, too. The all-new platform is lighter, stronger and safer, while the interior has a Tesla-like central tablet design, and significantly more space. There will be efficient new four-cylinder engines, as well as a twin turbo 222bhp D5 diesel and 316bhp T6 petrol, mated to an eight-speed automatic box. A 390bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain will appear, emitting just 60g/km of CO2. The first models on sale will be four-wheel drive, with a front-drive diesel appearing later.

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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.
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