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Best new cars for 2020 - K to M

From electric SUVs to exotic supercars, we look at the best cars due to arrive in 2020

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Kia Sorento

  • Price: From £37,500 (est)
  • On sale: Summer 2020 

Kia’s workhorse seven-seat SUV has taken a stylish new turn, but the updates to the latest version go beyond those imposing, chunky looks. Under the skin, the Sorento is now offered with a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid petrol set-up that develops an output of 265bhp and can deliver an electric-only range of up to 40 miles. A standard petrol model with 230bhp will also be offered while, as with the current car, a diesel option is likely to feature at some point in the future. 

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It’s all change inside, too. The Sorento’s cabin gets not only a boost in tech, but also, thanks to an increased wheelbase, it’s promised to be more practical than before as well. Full specs have still to be confirmed, but leather seats and climate control will be standard on all UK cars.

Land Rover Defender

  • Price: From £40,290
  • On sale: Now 

The new Land Rover Defender isn’t only one of the most anticipated cars of the past decade; it’s the rebirth of a motoring icon. Despite cries of protest from purists, this was never going to be a simple, utilitarian 4x4; the modern styling, tech and move upmarket were inevitable. But that doesn’t mean it has sacrificed any off-road ability. Little else on sale today should be capable of covering rough terrain as capably as the Defender.

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Available to order now in both three-door 90 and longer five-door 110 bodystyles, the new model gets the option of petrol engines (one with mild-hybrid technology) and a pair of diesels.

Lotus Evija

  • Price: From £1.7million
  • On sale: Now
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This summer will see Lotus introduce the Evija, which is its first all-new car in 10 years and the manufacturer’s first fully electric production model. Each wheel is powered by its own electric motor for a combined output of 1,972bhp and 1,700Nm – enough, says Lotus, for the carbon-fibre Evija to be able to accelerate from 0-184mph in less than nine seconds.

Energy is supplied by a 70kWh battery from Williams Advanced Engineering, and this endows the Evija with a range of 250 miles. Just as soon as public EV chargers catch up with the Lotus’s impressive 800kW charging capability, then a full battery top-up will take as little as 18 minutes. However, all of this technological sophistication comes at a very significant cost, and the Evija will be priced at a whopping £1.7million.

McLaren 765LT

  • Price: From £275,000 (est)
  • On sale: Now

The 765LT is the latest McLaren to gain ‘Longtail’ status. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the 765LT produces 755bhp and 800Nm of torque. This means it has a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds, and if you keep the throttle buried, you’ll pass 124mph just 4.4 seconds later. Weight reduction plays a huge part in these figures; the car’s titanium quad-exhaust, forged alloy wheels and heavy use of carbon fibre help keep the kerbweight down to 1,339kg.

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Of these parts, the rear wing, bumper and front part of the floor were designed by the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, the first time it has influenced a road car in this way. 

McLaren Elva

  • Price: From £1,425,000
  • On sale: Now

Roofless two-seaters are very much in fashion right now, so it’s no shock to discover that British supercar manufacturer McLaren has decided to launch one of its own. The Elva is inspired by a Bruce McLaren-designed racing car of the sixties and seventies, and this modern-day version features similarly exaggerated wheelarches and enlarged air intakes behind the cockpit. 

The Elva’s chief focus is driver thrills; 804bhp from a 4.0-litre V8 makes 0-124mph possible in a staggering 6.7 seconds, so you can consider that box ticked. Only 399 examples will be made, and McLaren says this will be the lightest car in its line-up. Worried about rain? Don’t be – waterproof leather seats are optional.

Mclaren Speedtail

  • Price: From £1.75million
  • On sale: Sold out 
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The Speedtail is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 and sits in the company’s ‘Ultimate Series’. Just as with the F1, only 106 examples will be built, and all of them have long since been sold. 

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Designed to be the ultimate GT car, the Speedtail is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that features a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Its total power output amounts to a healthy 1,036bhp, with 0-186mph completed in just 12.8 seconds. Top speed? 250mph. 

This is achieved in part thanks to the car’s ultra-low-drag body, which at 5.2 metres long, contains a large boot and even more storage under the bonnet. 

Mercedes E-Class

  • Price: From £40,000 (est)
  • On sale: May 2020 

The Mk10 Mercedes E-Class has accumulated more than a million sales since 2016, so there’s a lot riding on the facelift that’s due later this year. It’ll get the dual-screen MBUX infotainment system found in the A-Class hatch and GLE SUV, with two 10.25-inch displays mounted side by side on top of the dash. It’s more intuitive to use than before, and augmented-reality graphics make it easier than ever to follow instructions from the sat-nav.

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Two 48-volt mild-hybrid petrol engines are set to be introduced: a 2.0-litre 288bhp four-cylinder unit and a turbocharged 362bhp 3.0-litre. Fuel economy will improve, but official figures have yet to be confirmed.

Mercedes EQA

  • Price: From £37,000 (est)
  • On sale: Late 2020

The all-electric Mercedes EQA made its debut as a hatchback concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the production version – spotted during winter testing in Sweden this year – is expected to launch later in 2020 as a compact crossover. 

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The new car is closely related to the GLA, although the EQA body will be smoother in order to eke out as much range as possible. Exact figures will depend on the as-yet-unconfirmed battery size, although Mercedes has claimed that 250 miles will be possible.

It has also said the most powerful version will develop 268bhp-plus and over 500Nm of torque, with 0-62mph taking in the region of five seconds.

Mercedes EQV

  • Price: From £50,000 (est)
  • On sale: Summer 2020
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The electric Mercedes EQV isn’t ‘only’ a van, it’s a passenger van designed to transport very important people to very important places in a very luxurious manner. Standard air suspension gives a gentle, undisturbed ride, while the electric powertrain will keep noise to a minimum on the move. 

UK-market versions of the EQV will be Extra-long wheelbase models, providing seating for eight people as standard. Built on a pre-existing Mercedes platform, the EQV gets a 100kWh battery for 252 miles of range. Rapid charging will see the battery topped up from 10 to 80 per cent in less than an hour, ensuring quick turnaround times. This will be especially helpful for business users.

Mercedes GLA

  • Price: From £32,640
  • On sale: Now

The new Mercedes GLA is 104mm taller and 14mm shorter than the outgoing car, resulting in a more SUV-esque shape. Thanks to some clever packaging, legroom has improved, with rear occupants gaining an extra 116mm in which to stretch out. Rear shoulder room is also significantly increased, and the car’s boot space is boosted to 421 litres. 

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The cabin is lifted wholesale from the A-Class hatch, which means a modern dash with three central air vents. Five engines and six trim levels are available, although the entry-level car can be bought with a 1.3-litre petrol that produces 161bhp and returns 43.5mpg. A 2.0 diesel achieves 148bhp and 53.3mpg.

Mercedes GLB

  • Price: From £34,200
  • On sale: Now

The Mercedes GLB is a brand-new competitor to the Audi Q3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s based on the same chassis as the brand’s A-Class, but gets a longer wheelbase, which will give the new car seven-seat capability. 

As standard, the GLB is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails and LED headlights. Inside, the specification includes dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and two seven-inch screens integrated across the top of the dashboard. 

There’s a also highly specced five-seat version for customers who don’t need the third row. In five-seat configuration you’ll have a very handy 560 litres of luggage space, but erect that rear bench and you’ll be left with only 130 litres – a sign that the extra two seats are really designed just for occasional family outings.

Mercedes GLE Coupe

  • Price: From £72,530
  • On sale: Now 
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If you’re prepared to sacrifice practicality for some additional style, then you may prefer the GLE Coupé over the regular SUV. The wheelbase is 60mm shorter, which helps to give it a sportier look, and there’s plenty of space inside, for passengers at least.

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Three engines are available. A 3.0-litre straight-six diesel producing 268bhp is served up in the entry-level GLE 350 d, while the GLE 400 d gets an uprated version of the same unit that develops 325bhp.

The top-spec AMG GLE 53 uses a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol that also makes benefits from 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. It has a total power output of 429bhp and can propel the GLE from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.

Mercedes Maybach GLS

  • Price: From £180,000 (est)
  • On sale: April

Mercedes is wading into Bentley and Rolls-Royce territory with the all-new Maybach GLS. As the name suggests, the upcoming model is based on the regular GLS, but there are numerous changes to add a greater degree of luxury.

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The first is the addition of new air suspension. This automatically lowers itself by 25mm when one of the doors is opened, with a pair of retracting steps appearing either side of the vehicle to allow more dignified access. It should also come as no surprise that a drinks cooler and champagne flutes are among the many exuberant options. As for performance, a 550bhp 4.0-litre V8 provides power, while a 48-volt hybrid system adds an extra 22bhp and 250Nm of torque into the mix.

Mercedes S-Class

  • Price: From £65,000 (est)
  • On sale: Late 2020 
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The next-generation Mercedes S-Class is due to be revealed late in 2020, and spy shots have given us a flavour of what to expect when the latest iteration of the luxury limo is uncloaked for the first time.

The exterior won’t change dramatically, but the cabin is due for a major overhaul, with the current dual-display infotainment set-up making way for a Tesla-style screen on the centre console. From here, drivers will be able to control all manner of new technical innovations, potentially including level-three autonomous driver-assistance aids. However, local laws could see these features curtailed in certain countries. The engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, but expect new petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options. 

Mercedes-AMG One

  • Price: From £2.4million
  • On sale: Sold out 
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What happens if you put a Formula One world championship-winning engine in a road car? According to Mercedes, it’s the AMG One. The car uses a reined-in version of the 1.6-litre V6 hybrid power unit that has powered the constructor to six consecutive F1 crowns, producing 986bhp and revving to 11,000rpm. There are four electric motors, one of which forms part of an electronic turbocharger designed to reduce turbo lag.

Meanwhile, Mercedes estimates that 80 per cent of the braking energy can be recovered to top up the array of lithium-ion battery packs on board. Fully charged, these will let the One travel up to 15.5 miles with no tailpipe emissions. The increasingly eco-conscious Lewis Hamilton will be pleased.

Mitsubishi Mirage

  • Price: From £11,500 (est)
  • On sale: Spring 2020 
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A facelifted version of the Mitsubishi Mirage is due imminently, featuring a raft of changes to the supermini’s styling. The front end is totally new, with C-shaped metal strakes either side of the grille, while chunkier rear bumpers give the car a tougher look.

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Inside it’s evolution rather than revolution, thanks to new soft-touch materials and faux-carbon-fibre design to spruce things up. The infotainment system gets an upgrade, too, with a seven-inch touchscreen offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

There’s no change to the engine line-up, though; the Mirage will be sticking with the current model’s 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor, producing 79bhp. Officially this will return around 60mpg. 

Morgan Plus Four

  • Price: From £62,995
  • On sale: Now

Looking at the Morgan Plus Four’s traditional styling, you won’t be shocked to learn that the model has been around for seven decades. However, you might be more surprised to find out that 97 per cent of the components on the latest version are brand new.

It’s built on a fresh bonded-aluminium platform and features double-wishbone suspension with redesigned uprights. It also has creature comforts like uprated anti-lock brakes and power steering.

Perhaps the biggest news, though, is the Morgan’s new BMW-sourced four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine that replaces the old car’s ageing Ford unit. With 255bhp, the Plus Four can do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 149mph.

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