Best new cars coming in 2021

From electric cars to supercars, this is our list of the best new cars coming in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, there are still plenty of new and upcoming cars that look to keep things exciting all the way through to 2022.

A broad mixture ranging from practical SUVs and executive saloons to blisteringly quick hot-hatches and even an all-new supercar from McLaren are just some of the cars that will be released during the remainder of this year. As to be expected, there are plenty of new fully-electric models on this list, but petrol still has its place so there should be something to cater for just about every taste.

Scroll down below to see our list of the best new cars coming in 2021, with information on pricing and when we can expect to see them go on sale... 

Audi RS 3

  • Price: £50,900
  • On sale: Now

The Audi RS 3 is what some might call a hyper-hatch; it’s so powerful and fast that, like the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, it feels strange to place it among “lesser” hot hatches. The Audi has the benefit of an extra cylinder over the Mercedes, because it uses a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol unit with 395bhp and 500Nm of torque.

This means it can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155mph. It’s tuned to be fast on the track as well, and has set a new Nürburgring lap record for small cars. It also features a new Torque Splitter rear differential, and the four-wheel-drive system can be tweaked using the drive modes for more agility on track. 

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

  • Price: £27,000 
  • On sale: 2021

The new, second-generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer people-carrier is set to be a firm rival for the Mercedes B-Class

The looks haven't changed drastically, although they will take influence from the new 2 Series Gran Coupé, with which it shares its platform. It does have more space inside than before, thanks to a longer wheelbase, and it’ll be powered by the same engines as the 1 Series hatchback range, including 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrols. 

BMW 2 Series Coupé

  • Price: £34,980
  • On sale: Now

BMW’S new 2 Series Coupé is available now, and offers something you can’t get in the rest of the 2 Series line-up: rear-wheel drive. While the 2 Series Gran Coupé uses the front-drive UKL platform, the new Coupé is based on the 3 Series, and so comes in rear or four-wheel-drive forms.

The M240i is the six-cylinder petrol-engined model in the range, and this new two-door model features styling closer to the previous-generation 2 Series Coupé’s, which is no bad thing. 

The interior meanwhile borrows elements from the larger 3 Series, including the excellent infotainment set-up, along with diesel and smaller-capacity petrol engines, plus optional adaptive dampers and other driver-focused technology.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

  • Price: £40,465  
  • On sale: 2021

The latest version of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé goes on sale in November, with prices starting from £40,465. 

It’s a four-door coupé, so offers buyers something more stylish than a 3 Series but with similar engines and trims, plus the large grille seen on the 4 Series coupé. 

There’s more space inside than in the previous 4 Series Gran Coupé, including in the boot. Engine options include a 420i petrol, a more powerful 430i and the M440i xDrive, a six-cylinder version with four-wheel drive. There’s also a 420d model with a more frugal diesel engine. 

The fastest model accelerates from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds, and all versions come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

BMW i4

  • Price: £51,905
  • On sale: Now

The BMW i4 is an all-new battery-powered model that’s coming along very soon to take on the big-selling Tesla Model 3

It’s an all-electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupé that will be able to travel 367 miles on a single charge.  Its electric motors provide 335bhp in basic form, or 544bhp in the high-performance M50 version. With four-wheel drive, it’ll be capable of covering the 0-62mph dash in just 3.9 seconds.

The rapid charge rate of 200kW means you can top up the battery from 10-80 per cent in just 31 minutes. The interior features a 12.3-inch driver’s display, plus a 14.9-inch curved central screen. Prices have already been confirmed, with the base model starting at £51,905.

BMW iX

  • Price: £94,905 
  • On sale: Now

The BMW iX is a new electric SUV with a range of up to 380 miles, and 195kW rapid charging that allows a 10-80 per cent top-up in 35 minutes. It uses two motors for four-wheel drive, and thanks to its 516bhp in xDrive50 form, it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and hit 124mph.

Inside, there’s a new twin-screen iDrive infotainment set-up, with a slightly larger 14.9-inch main panel in the centre of the dashboard, plus a 12.3-inch digital driver display.  The £95,000 price tag means the new iX rivals the Tesla Model X, even if it does without the Tesla’s seven-seat layout. There’s plenty of space inside, though, thanks to its three-metre wheelbase and decent packaging.

DS 4

  • Price: £39,950
  • On sale: Now

The latest DS 4 is already on sale, costing from around £40,000. It competes with the Lexus UX and VW Golf, mixing elements of SUVs and hatchbacks in its design. 

It’s based on the same platform as the Citroen C4, but it’s more upmarket inside and out, and offers plenty of hi-tech equipment. There’s no pure-electric version yet, but the DS 4 is available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 223bhp and a range of 31 miles on electric power alone. 

A range of petrol and diesel engines is also available, all with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, while top-spec models have adaptive suspension included, too.

Ford Fiesta facelift

  • Price: £16,620
  • On sale: Now

A new Ford Fiesta is always big news, even if it’s only a mid-life refresh. After all, for all the talk of SUVs and EVs, it’s still one of Britain’s best-selling cars.

The Mk7 Fiesta has been knocked from the top spot by the Vauxhall Corsa though, and while this facelift introduces a revised look and key new tech like fully digital instrumentation for the first time, the Blue Oval’s huge-selling supermini still avoids major electrification, with only mild-hybrid options on the table. 

However, the new Fiesta ST should be a better performer than ever. Ford has uncorked more torque from its 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds, and a new Mean Green paint is a crowd-pleaser. 

Ford Focus facelift

  • Price: £22,000 
  • On sale: 2021

Ford will reveal an updated version of its Focus hatchback and estate before the end of the year. We’ve seen spy shots of the car in testing, and these reveal a reworked front end alongside other small tweaks. 

However, the main updates are inside, where new trim will feature alongside a raft of new tech, including a new, larger screen; we expect that this, and the systems that support it will be significantly upgraded over the current model’s unit.

The engines will remain the same, from the 1.0-litre petrol versions up to the 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol in the performance ST model. Expect mild-hybrid options too, although it appears plug-in hybrid power isn’t coming, despite it being available in the related Kuga SUV.

Genesis Electrified G80

  • Price: £60,000
  • On sale: 2021

The Genesis G80 saloon is already on sale and has proved impressive in our tests, so we’re eager to try the Electrified version.

This has two electric motors and a total output of 365bhp and 700Nm of torque. It’s set to have a range of around 310 miles and will offer rapid charging, taking the car from 10-80 per cent in around 20 minutes. There are a few cosmetic tweaks, but the electrified version looks very similar to the petrol-powered G80, even if it’s likely to cost a fair chunk more to buy.  The interior features recycled materials, plus clever features such as solar panels on the roof and vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability that allows you to power an external device, in much the same way as a portable generator would.

Genesis G70

  • Price: £33,850
  • On sale: Now

Audi and BMW should be at least mildly concerned, because the G70 looks like a strong rival for the A4 and 3 Series from new premium brand Genesis. 

The maker is a spin-off from Hyundai in the same way Lexus is related to Toyota. The G70 shares components with the Kia Stinger fastback, including its petrol and diesel engines, rear-wheel-drive layout and eight-speed automatic gearbox. It has actually been on sale in other markets previously, but it’s this new, updated version that’s being introduced to UK buyers; in fact, it’s on sale now. 

Genesis GV60

  • Price: £45,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2021 

Genesis will launch a new all-electric SUV later this year. It’s called the GV60 and will be pitched as a rival for the likes of the Tesla Model Y and the Audi Q4 e-tron.

The GV60 will use the same electric E-GMP platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5. This means it can support 350kW rapid charging, so should take less than 20 minutes to charge from 10-80 per cent. This is impressive because the total range is likely to be as much as 328 miles, although some models will sacrifice some of that capacity for more performance via an extra motor. 

The GV60 has a great deal in common with the other models in the range when it comes to looks, and it also has a coupé-like rear end that helps it to stand out among the growing band of electric SUVs.

Hyundai Kona N

  • Price: £35,395
  • On sale: Now

Hyundai is expanding its N performance range rapidly this year and the Kona N is the latest model to join the line-up. It’s a hot SUV with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 276bhp and 392Nm of torque. 

This means it can go from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph – although unlike most hot SUVs, it’s front-wheel drive only. There’s an eight-speed automatic gearbox with some interesting settings to play with, including a push-to-pass mode that boosts engine power for 20 seconds to get overtakes done and dusted.

There’s also a clever traction control system that has snow and mud settings to help away from the tarmac. Plus, the Kona N has an upgraded interior and a sportier-looking exterior than the normal model.

Kia EV6

  • Price: £40,895
  • On sale: Now

GIVEN that the new Kia EV6 uses the fresh E-GMP platform seen in the Hyundai Ioniq 5, our current Car of the Year, expectations are high for the brand’s flagship EV. 

The EV6’s stylish looks mean it stands out in a different way from the semi-retro Ioniq 5, and it’s just as rapid. Better still, there’s even a 577bhp GT model in the pipeline. It has a range of more than 300 miles and can be charged at a rate of 350kW, if you can find a suitable charger.

The two electric motors in the launch model still produce 321bhp, so even it can accelerate from 0-62mph in as little as 5.2 seconds. However, this top-spec model costs more than £52,000, so most will opt for the more affordable entry-level version with a bit less range and performance.

McLaren Artura

  • Price: £182,500
  • On sale: Now

McLaren will launch a new supercar at the end of 2021, called the Artura.

It’s a hybrid, and makes use of a new platform called MCLA (McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture) that’s claimed to be stronger and lighter than previous architectures. It uses a 3.0-litre turbo V6 engine with 577bhp combined with an extra 94bhp from the plug-in hybrid system, for a total of 671bhp. It means the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in three seconds and on to a top speed of more than 200mph. 

The Artura uses a new eight-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox and is rear-wheel drive. With a dry weight of 1,395kg, it’s incredibly light for a plug-in model.

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