Best new cars for 2014

15 Apr, 2014 2:39pm Luke Madden

2014 has been a bumper year for new cars but it isn't done yet. Here we round up the best new cars still to come.

We've seen some thrilling new model launches this year, from the new Nissan Qashqai to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche Macan but the global car industry has plenty more delights up its sleeves for 2014.

Here we run down the best new cars still to come and what a selection there is. We've got revised versions of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and Nissan Juke to look forward to, along with an all new Audi TT, a new Renault Twingo, a new Skoda Fabia and Citroen's innovative C4 Cactus. Performance car fans can prepare for the Porsche 911 rivalling Mercedes AMG GT and BMW will treat us to its i8 supercar.

It promises to be a roller coaster ride so buckle up and scroll down the page for full details of the best new cars of 2014.

The best new cars still to come in 2014

Ford Focus

Price: £14,500
On sale: July

New Ford Focus 2014 Geneva

The popular Ford Focus has just received a thorough overhaul. The triangular vents and oversized grille of the old front bumper are gone, as are the rounded headlights, replaced by a much sleeker nose design. At the rear, again the lights are slimmer, while a new bumper makes the car appear wider. There
are a couple of new colours to choose from, as well as some upmarket new alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the number of buttons on the dashboard has been drastically reduced, to make things much less complicated. Cabin quality has also improved
thanks to the use of better materials, while new on-board technology includes Ford’s latest SYNC 2 connected infotainment system.

New engine choices include a 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol and an efficient 1.5-litre turbodiesel, while the suspension and steering systems have been retuned to help ensure the Focus remains the class benchmark when it comes to ride quality and driver enjoyment.

In late 2014, the revised Focus will be joined by a Focus ST hot hatch. Diesel power will be offered for the first time in this car, with the ST-TD getting a 182bhp 2.0 TDCi, for 0-62mph in eight seconds or so. That’s 1bhp more than a VW Golf GTD, but half-a-second slower. Ford has also confirmed 114g/km emissions – 5g/km more than the VW. The new petrol ST promises better economy, while both cars get sharper responses and beefed-up looks.

Vauxhall Corsa

Price: £11,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2014

Vauxhall Corsa 2014

Our exclusive image shows the Adam-style look Vauxhall is set to give its Corsa, with the supermini getting a new low-set, split-level grille and boomerang headlights – although the current Corsa’s doors and tail will remain. Inside, the thick-rimmed steering wheel, chrome trim and infotainment systems should also follow the Adam’s lead. New engines will include a 113bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol turbo with stop-start.

Audi TT

Price: £28,000 (est)
On sale: autumn

Audi TTS 2014 nose

At first glance, the MkIII TT doesn’t look a whole lot different from its predecessor, but it’s all-new from the ground up. Based on the VW Group’s latest MQB architecture, it weighs 140kg less than the original TT, but has a 37mm longer wheelbase than the MkII.

The front end is sharper, with a straight-edged grille, narrower LED lights and the Audi badge on the bonnet rather than in the grille. From launch you’ll be able to buy a 181bhp 2.0 TDI diesel, 227bhp 2.0 TFSI or range-topping 306bhp 2.0 TFSI TTS model, with a choice of a six-speed manual or S tronic gearboxes. The radical interior has no central screen – just Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ TFT display behind the wheel.

Nissan X-Trail

Price: £27,000 (est)
On sale: July

Nissan X-Trail front 3/4

The seven-seat Qashqai+2 is no more, so the new Nissan X-Trail will be your only option if you need a few extra seats from your Nissan SUV. Initially, it’ll only be available with a 128bhp 1.6-litre diesel, but next year, Nissan plans to introduce a 161bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine. There’s a choice of two or four-wheel drive, plus the new X-Trail is roomier than before and available with a system that monitors the road surface to improve the ride.

Volkswagen Scirocco

Price: £20,000 (est)
On sale: September

Volkswagen Scirocco R driving

As with the updated Polo that's already on sale, the revised VW Scirocco gets a pretty mild exterior facelift. There’s a reshaped grille and new headlights, but VW has focused more on mechanical changes in a bid to improve sales. It's tweaked the chassis and borrowed the Golf’s 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines. The flagship Scirocco R returns, with the 296bhp 2.0 TSI from the new Golf R, while all cars get a new infotainment system.

Renault Twingo

Price: £9,000 (est)
On sale: September

Renault Twingo Front white

It looks as though Renault has come up with a real competitor for the Fiat 500 with its all-new Twingo.

The engine has been mounted underneath the boot floor, and this car is rear-wheel drive, which allows for plenty of room in the cabin and a tiny turning circle. Buyers will be able to choose from 69bhp and 89bhp versions of a 900cc petrol engine. And while we don’t have official specs just yet, expect fuel economy of around 70mpg, with emissions of 95g/km.

We’ve got our fingers crossed that Renaultsport will be allowed to work its magic on the Twingo in future, too.

Nissan Juke

Price: £13,500
On sale: June 2014

Nissan Juke 2014 nose

Nissan hasn’t toned down the Juke as part of this mid-life facelift, but it’s improved the car in plenty of areas. Firstly, there’s more scope for personalisation, such as coloured wheel inserts and bright accents in the cabin.

Then there’s the engine range – it’s boosted by a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo, which replaces the old 1.6-litre petrol. That means you should expect CO2 emissions to fall to around 126g/km from 139g/km. Further tweaks bring about an increase in boot space, plus there are now more options.

Citroen C4 Cactus

Price: £13,000
On sale: October

Citroen C4 Cactus yellow front

While the upmarket DS brand has been a hit, and the Picassos do well, the rest of Citroen’s range has lost its way. But the C4 Cactus is set to shake things up.

The supermini-SUV takes Citroen back to its glory days of innovative design, with highlights including the Airbumps which protect the body. Plus, it’s nearly 300kg lighter than a Nissan Juke, so the cleanest diesel will return over 90mpg.

Inside, comfort is the priority, with a sofa-style bench seat up front and a minimalist dash. The DS3 platform should mean it’s good to drive, while it’s practical, with a 358-litre boot.

Skoda Fabia

Price: £10,500 (est)
On sale: Autumn

Skoda Fabia front

The new Skoda Fabia will be the first of the new VW Group superminis to arrive, followed by the SEAT Ibiza and then much later by the all-new Polo. It’ll be based on a shortened version of the MQB platform underneath the Golf and Octavia, called MQB-A. Expect it to feature a range of 1.4-litre three-cylinder TDI engines and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine borrowed from the up!. There’ll be a turbo version of this engine, too.

Citroen C1/Peugeot 108/Toyota Aygo

Price: £8,000 - £9,000 (est)
On sale: July

Toyota Aygo white static

Like their predecessors, the new Citroen C1, Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108 are all built on the same platform and are arriving intent on shaking up the city car market.

When they go on sale in July, there will be a choice of two petrol engines as well as three or five-door cars and versions with a retractable fabric roof.

The cars will get improved boot space, even though they are only slightly longer than the old city cars they replace. Useful tech includes a seven-inch touchscreen that lets drivers control a host of their smartphone’s apps.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Price: sub-£23k
On sale: Sept

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 2014 front tracking

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer marks a big turning point for BMW, as it’s the brand’s first front-wheel-drive model ever. Despite the name, the Active Tourer 
is completely unrelated to the 2 Series Coupé, as it uses the same basic platform as the new MINI.

Engines will also be carried over, as the range kicks off with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo in the 218i and a 2.0-litre diesel 218d. Soon after the model goes on sale in September, BMW will introduce 220i, 220d and 216d versions.

At the moment, the MPV is a strict five-seater, but a larger seven-seater will arrive later this year. And while official prices have yet to be announced, BMW has confirmed it’ll cost less than £23k.

Smart Fortwo

Price: £10,000 (est) 
On sale: autumn

Smart ForTwo front

Our exclusive image shows how Smart’s new ForTwo is shaping up. It’s being built alongside the next Renault Twingo, and will keep its rear-engined, rear-drive layout. Top seller is likely to be an 89bhp petrol three-cylinder. Hard-top will be joined by a cabrio, with an electric car following.

Smart Forfour

Price: £12,000 (est)
On sale: autumn

Smart ForFour side tracking

Due to launch later this year, the new ForFour is the latest member of Smart’s expanding family. The four-seater city car has been co-built with Renault and is underpinned by the same platform as the upcoming Renault Twingo – a longer version of the chassis used in the next ForTwo. The ForFour is also likely to use the same three-cylinder petrol engine as the two-door, with both cars expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

MINI 5dr hatch

Price: £15,500
On sale: Late 2014

MINI Cooper 2014 front on

As well as the new three-door and practical Clubman, MINI will offer a five-door as part of its new range. It has a longer wheelbase than the three-door and is set to offer more rear seat space and a bigger boot. MINI won’t want to dilute any of the three-door’s appeal, though, so expect sharp handling and plenty of scope for personalisation as the brand takes the fight to cars like the five-door Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.

Mercedes AMG GT

Price: £80,000 (est)
On sale: late 2014

Mercedes AMG GT coupe

Mercedes has never had a true Porsche 911 rival, but that’s all set to change with the new AMG GT. Mercedes designer Gorden Wagener told Auto Express that the two-seater – revealed in our exclusive image – was “the most beautiful 
car me and my team have ever worked on”, taking inspiration from the 1952 Panamerica 300SL.
Under the skin will be a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 developing around 480bhp, putting the car in direct competition with Jaguar’s new F-Type Coupé.

BMW X4

Price: £36,590
On sale: July 2014

BMW X4

BMW’s niche-busting product expansion continues with the X4. As with its bigger brother, the X6, it blends a sporty coupé image with the practicality of an SUV.

The X4 shares its underpinnings with the X3, but is 14mm longer and 36mm lower to the ground than its more conventional 4x4 cousin.

The design also features styling cues from the 4 Series Gran Coupé, which can be seen in the tail-lights and C-pillar. Diesels will be the only engine options, while all models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.

Mercedes V-Class

Price: £35,000 (est)
On sale: autumn 2014

Mercedes V-Class static

Although it’s an eight-seat MPV, the new V-Class has been designed to stand apart from Mercedes’ commercial vehicle range. It’ll replace the Viano and be repositioned as part of the passenger car line-up. UK buyers can choose from two diesel-engined models (the V220 CDI or V250 BlueTEC); both have adaptive dampers as standard. An extra-long- wheelbase model is also available.

Jeep Cherokee

Price: £23,000
On sale: May

Jeep Cherokee diesel 2014 tracking

Jeep’s latest SUV will be offered with 138bhp or 168bhp 2.0-litre diesels. The more powerful engine will be available with the company’s new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The newcomer is much more refined from behind the wheel than the outgoing model, while improvements to steering feel and throttle response are very evident. Off-road technology includes no less than three different four-wheel-drive systems.

BMW i8

Price: £99,895
On sale: July 2014

BMW i8 profile

The BMW i8 is not your average hybrid, combining a supercar punch with supermini running costs. A mix of a 228bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol turbo and 129bhp electric motor provides the power, taking the i8 from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. But the fuel efficiency figures are just as impressive: BMW claims 113mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 59g/km.

Subaru WRX STi

Price: £28,995
On sale: summer

Subaru WRX STi action

New WRX STi uses the same 301bhp 2.5-litre boxer engine as the previous model, so it does 0-62mph in an identical 5.2 seconds. However, Subaru has introduced an all-new, stronger, chassis, while active torque vectoring by braking is included for the first time.

Here in the UK, the WRX STi will only be available with a six-speed manual box, and three-mode all-wheel drive is fitted as standard, too. Aggressive bumpers, 18-inch alloys and a pronounced rear wing help the saloon stand out.

Jeep Renegade

Price: £14,000
On sale: late 2014

Jeep Renegade

The Renegade is Jeep’s new baby SUV, marking the brand’s entry into the small SUV class. Its boxy design has clearly been inspired by the classic Wrangler, with squared-off arches and slab-sided body lines. The Renegade is also more focused on off-road driving than rival models in this class – it can be fitted with an advanced all-wheel-drive system and disconnecting rear axle.

Inside, you’ll see an all-new design language that Jeep calls Tek-Tonic, which combines soft and tactile materials with rugged and functional detailing. And the Renegade will share many components with Fiat’s forthcoming 500X.

Nissan Pulsar

Price: £15,000 (est)
On sale: late 2014

Nissan VW Golf rival main

This will be Nissan’s challenger to the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Bosses have promised us there’ll be a Pulsar to rival every model of Golf – including the GTI and BlueMotion. We haven’t seen any official pictures yet, but Nissan’s executive vice president Andy Palmer told us: “The face is a bit left-field, a little bit edgy.”

Chances are it’ll look like our exclusive image, and be powered by engines borrowed from the Juke and Qashqai.

Audi Q7

Price: £45,000 (est)
On sale: autumn

Audi Q7

The all-new Audi Q7, set to debut at October’s Paris Motor Show, should be big and clever. Our spies have caught it on test, and it’s expected to be around 350kg lighter than the current car by combining high-strength steels and aluminium in its chassis. It’ll be the first Audi to wear a new 3D front grille – destined to become the calling card of all ‘Q’ models. Expect six and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, plus a plug-in hybrid.

Lexus RC F

Price: £57,000
On sale: late 2014

Lexus RC F V8 coupe location

Lexus will relaunch its performance sub-brand with the all-new RC F coupé at the end of the year.

The top-of-the-range model will be up against some incredibly tough opposition, as it takes on the likes of the BMW M4 and Audi RS5. To give it a fighting chance, Lexus has fitted a 5.0-litre V8 developing over 450bhp and 519Nm of torque, although top speed has been limited to 168mph.

The sporty silhouette of the standard two-door RC has been carried over, along with the LFA-style active rear wing and aggressive bodykit. The interior has 
also been updated, benefiting from a new steering wheel and sports seats available in a choice of five leather trims.

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The Fiat 500X will have to offer more than a pair of bloated poached-egg headlights to attract this male buyer.

Taut, crisp, individual lines please, not just other SUV clone.

Mondeo?!! LOL, no one buys those anymore. It's so rare to see one on the road I literally turn my head if one drives past.

What is the black car in the picture at the top?

Jag F-Type Coupe

Thanks, so Jaguar do it in a colour other than red. Now where is my lottery ticket

Beware! You are in grave danger of ending up as the meat in an A3 or 3-Series sandwich if you do this while driving.

Hopefully the new Jeep will fit that bill. I was hoping it would be like the Panda and have a proper 4x4 option.

The configuration of the new Twingo sounds mouth watering. Something truly different for those of us in the market for something under 10k.

Indeed, everyone seems happier to drive the turd that is the vauxhall insignia.

I like Best new cars for 2014

You are right as the Vauxhall Insignia looks a lot better

Mercedes S-Class Coupe...sheer class!

Where is the new Honda Jazz for 2014 ?

Ford have lost the plot.
Vauxhall have realised where they went wrong.

AUDI STINKS!!! MONDEO IS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL!!!

Hate to break it to you but your 'exclusive image' of the Leon Cupra is nothing more than a Photoshop mock up.

The problem is that the mondeo name is dated and people just don't aspire to driving them anymore.

Lagoya
I have to disagree with that. There are still many Mondeos on the road. In fact the majority of taxies here in Grimsby are 2008-2010 Mondeos. They are cheap to run and are reliable.
You are guaranteed to see one down every street you go down. There are even the latests ones all over the place.

Rubbish.

Mondeo is an awesome car.

No Mondeo?

it says best new cars, that's why Ford isn't in there, as it is cr4p.

I hate to break it to you, but this is standard practice for AutoExpress and has been for years. It's always qualified by the words "how it could look". They are well aware.

Nothing to see here.

Fix or repair daily.Bits of string and cord go in to make a Ford. I actually like Ford's cars,just reminiscing.

When the Mondeo finally arrives it will be totally outdated as it been around for ages badged as the Fusion in the USA and already becoming old hat.

Nobody buys Mondeo's anymore they are history.

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What ever you do don't buy a Electric Smart . I mean £15.900
for smart is a bit ridicules
you will never get your extra £6000 back

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