The Skoda Octavia has already impressed this year, narrowly missing out on its first road test victory to the superb new VW Golf. The Estate version gets a 610-litre boot, which expands to 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded.
The upcoming Renault Clio-based Captur SUV shares its underpinnings with the successful Nissan Juke and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It gets Renault’s bold new design language and should cost from around £13,000 when it goes on sale in the UK.
The brand-new four-door, four seat Quattroporte loses none of the charm of its predecessor yet betters it in almost every way. Fuel economy gains and emissions reductions have done nothing to damage the snarling soundtrack and blistering performance, while safety and quality have been improved, too.
The current Ford Focus has been on sale in the UK for a couple of years now, but this year sees the introduction of the Nissan Leaf-rivalling electric version. With a range of 100 miles and a 0-60mph time of less than 10 seconds, the Focus Electric looks to be a big hit.
Nissan’s premium brand, Infiniti, launches its BMW 3 Series rival in June, and hopes the sharper bodywork and high levels of standard kit, will steal sales from the German giant. A petrol-electric hybrid and super-quick AMG rivals are on their way, too.
The new Jeep Cherokee will join its bigger brother the Grand Cherokee in June with a facelift and updated running gear. We expect a load of new tech, as well improved equipment levels when the new car returns to the UK later this year.
Kia’s first ever hot hatch will get 201bhp and 265Nm of torque, and should cost from around £22,000. This puts it in contention with the likes of the Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI – so will have to be very good when it arrives in June.
Jeep’s flagship model, the Grand Cherokee was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. It gets a fresh face and new eight-speed gearbox – which should improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, significantly.
Skoda’s flagship Superb is set to get a light redesign later this year, with revised lights, bumpers and trim. There’s also the chance of a new engine and updated running gear. Don’t expected a total overhaul, though.
The fierce looking Lexus IS hits showrooms in the summer, but without the option of a diesel engine. The IS 300h petrol-electric hybrid will sit in its place, promising sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. The entry-level IS 350 petrol car will start from around £30,500 when it arrives later this year.