Best new cars for 2019

These are the best new cars set to arrive in 2019, featuring a particularly fine crop of EVs, hybrids, SUVs and sports cars...

Mercedes GLC 300 e

Price: From £45,000 (est)On sale: Late 2019

Mercedes has announced the final specs for its GLC 300 e, the first plug-in hybrid version of its mid-sized SUV. Sharing its powertrain with the E 300 e, this GLC has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 208bhp and 350Nm, plus a 121bhp electric motor, giving a total output of 316bhp and 700Nm.

With four-wheel drive as standard, the GLC 300 e can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph. The 13.5kWh battery can be recharged in 1.5 hours through a 7.4kW wallbox or five hours from a three-pin domestic socket. Customers will also be able to take their pick from front or four-wheel-drive models.

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

Price: From £50,570On sale: Now

It’s the hottest hatchback that money can buy, and now the final UK specification of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S has been confirmed. Its new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 415bhp and 500Nm of torque, which is enough to sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, and is the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world.

As well as a high specification that includes a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4MATIC four-wheel drive, the A45 S features a drift mode for the first time, while the comprehensive MBUX infotainment system now has bespoke AMG features, including a telematics function and a companion phone app.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake

Price: From £53,570On sale: Now

Completing Mercedes’s range of high-performance compact cars is the CLA 45 S Shooting Brake, which is available to order in the UK. Sharing its sophisticated four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with the AMG A 45 S, the hottest CLA offers 415bhp and 500Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. As well as enabling the CLA 45 S to reach 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, the advanced 4MATIC+ transmission has a drift mode for extreme cornering. 

The CLA also benefits from having a slightly wider track compared with its A-Class hatchback sibling, while the shooting brake design provides 505 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place

MINI Clubman JCW

Price: From £34,250 (est)On sale: Now

MINI has updated JCW versions of the Countryman and Clubman, with a major power boost to keep them at the top of the compact performance hierarchy. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit now has 302bhp and 450Nm of torque, with drive to all four wheels via a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Clubman JCW can reach 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155mph.

Elsewhere there are changes to the front and rear suspension, a 10mm reduction in ride height, and upgraded brakes. The Clubman and Countryman both ride on 18-inch wheels, while LED headlights and a 6.5-inch touchscreen are also included as standard.

MINI Electric

Price: From £24,400On sale: Now

MINI is taking its first step along the EV highway with the new MINI Electric, the company’s first model to run solely on battery power. The three-door-only hatchback has a 32.5kWh battery pack along with the 181bhp electric motor from the BMW i3S, giving a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93mph, with a claimed WLTP range of up to 144 miles. Wearing Cooper S badges to hint at the performance on offer, MINI Electric models have different front and rear bumpers to the standard hatch, door mirrors shared with the MINI Clubman, and a blanked-off grille that is available in a choice of colours. Offered in three trim levels, the MINI Electric comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, automatic air-conditioning and cruise control.

Nissan Juke

Price: From £17,395On sale: November

The Nissan Juke kicked off the huge trend for small crossovers, and the long-awaited second-generation version has been confirmed, with a host of new tech and big gains in efficiency. Bigger than the original, the new Juke is 23kg lighter thanks to the adoption of the Alliance’s CMF-B platform, which underpins Renault’s Captur as well. Although the sole engine option at launch is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, the new platform makes hybrid and electrified powertrains possible.

As well as having more space inside and higher quality, the latest Juke also benefits from upgrades in safety technology, with the semi-autonomous Nissan ProPILOT system capable of controlling throttle, braking and steering on multi-lane roads.

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