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...

Peugeot 208

Price: From £16,250On sale: Now

Peugeot’s baby 208 is back, with a fresh platform, new design and a range of new engines and tech. Four trim levels are available at launch, with three petrols, one diesel and a pure-electric drivetrain to choose from, thanks to the lightweight CMP platform. The e-208 has a 134bhp electric motor and a 211-mile range.

Visually, the 208 shows lots of influence from the bigger 508, with sharply defined creases around the grille and headlights, while the rear also takes on the full-width black panel housing the claw-like tail-lights. Inside, the 208 also gets a fresh look, with a debut for Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit digital instrument display alongside a central touchscreen. The 208 starts at just over £16k and the e-208 is £25,050.

Polestar 2

Price: £34,000 (est)On sale: Now

Volvo’s electric spin-off brand Polestar is rapidly expanding its model range with the confirmation of this, the Polestar 2. Riding on the group’s electrified CMA platform, the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback with twin electric motors providing 396bhp and 660Nm of torque. That’s enough to help the 2 to cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than five seconds, while the 78kWh battery pack gives a claimed range of 310 miles under WLTP regulations.

The Polestar 2’s technology includes a digital instrument display and 11-inch Android infotainment screen, while an optional Performance Pack will bring high-specification Ohlins dampers, 20-inch wheels and Brembo brakes. A £49,900 launch edition can be reserved online now with a £1,000 deposit, and first deliveries are expected in July. Cheaper versions are due in 12 months.

Porsche Macan Turbo

Price: From £68,530On sale: Now

Driver involvement and SUVs are two concepts that rarely go hand in hand, but the Porsche Macan Turbo should prove otherwise. The Turbo makes its return to the brand’s compact SUV family after it was updated earlier in the year. Changes include refreshed styling and an improved touchscreen display. 

Under the bonnet, the previous Macan Turbo’s 3.6-litre V6 motor has been replaced by a smaller 2.9-litre engine. Power stands at 435bhp, which helps the BMW X3 M rival crack the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 4.3 seconds and go on to a top speed of 167mph. That power is kept in check by new carbide-coated brake discs, which help to reduce fade and improve response. The Porsche is fitted with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission as standard.

Porsche Taycan

Price: From £115,858On sale: Now

Porsche’s Taycan is set to send shockwaves through the electric car market when it arrives early next year, with next-generation technology that promises to move the electric-car game on. The key is a new electric platform called J1, which houses a 93.4kWh battery and runs at 800 volts, allowing super-quick charging and consistently high performance, so it’s ideal for use on track.

Two versions will be available at launch, with Turbo models producing 671bhp and 850Nm of torque to give 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 161mph. Turbo S models have up to 750bhp on overboost and 1,050Nm of torque to achieve a launch-controlled 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds. The Turbo has a WLTP range of 279 miles, while the Turbo S can run for 257 miles.

Renault Clio

Price: From £14,295On sale: Now

Renault’s all-important Clio is back for a fifth generation, with a big emphasis on safety and technology, and a broad range of powertrains. The new CMF-B platform means less weight and improved crash safety – the Clio has already been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP – and the ability to accept a hybrid powertrain. However, the engine range kicks off with a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines offering 99bhp and 128bhp, with a 74bhp naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol unit to follow. Early next year a 1.6-litre petrol hybrid will arrive, with a 1.2kWh battery that Renault claims will improve urban fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent.

Renault Zoe

Price: From £18,670On sale: Now

Renault’s all-electric new ZOE features an upgraded drivetrain and extended range. Three trim levels are offered – Play, Iconic and GT Line – with a 52kWh battery pack. Play models have a 106bhp electric motor with 225Nm of torque to give 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds, while the two higher-spec models have 132bhp and 245Nm for a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds. All versions have a range of 245 miles.

Every ZOE gets LED headlights, air-con, a seven-inch infotainment screen and a digital instrument display as standard, while 50kW DC fast charging support is an optional extra on Iconic and GT Line models. The icing on the cake is a free 7kW wallbox, which can be installed at your home.

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