There's a whole raft of interesting cars going on sale later this year, so before you sign on the dotted line at your local dealer, take a quick read of our round-up of the models you need to know about.
City cars and superminis
Ford Fiesta (September 2017)
Even now, at the end of its life, the current Fiesta is the benchmark for driving fun in the supermini class. But newer rivals, such as the Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20 offer greater practicality and more sophisticated infotainment systems, so it’s these areas that Ford has concentrated on improving for the new Fiesta. Power will come from a range of small and frugal petrol, including an updated version of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol that we currently recommend.
Kia Picanto (May 2017)
Kia's third-generation city car promises sportier looks, more options and an infotainment touchscreen. More gizmos and safety kit will be standard. The new model will only be available with five doors, and although it’s the same length as its predecessor, it's slightly wider, giving rear passengers more space. Engines will be small turbocharged petrols. The new Picanto is expected to cost from around £9000.
Seat Ibiza (June 2017)
The current Ibiza remains Seat's best-selling model in the UK, but a replacement is due to go on sale this summer. Its styling looks similar to that of its bigger sibling, the Leon, plus it's slightly bigger than today's car, with a plusher interior. Power will come from new four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines, which should give better performance and fuel efficiency.
Skoda Citigo (April 2017)
Skoda's city car is one of our favourites. However, it's been on sale since 2011, so the time is ripe for a mid-life update. The main addition to this Citigo is a new front bumper, which has a revised front grille with new rectangular fog lights. The front headlights now come with LED daytime running lights, and the fog lights are available with an optional cornering function, too. Inside, the Citigo's interior has been tweaked with the driver's instrument cluster getting a new, cleaner design. There are also new connectivity options.
Suzuki Swift (June 2017)
The fourth-generation Swift hatchback is both smaller and lighter than the Baleno, with which it shares its engines. It has a more grown-up appearance on the outside, but interior space will be kept very close to today’s Swift in order to avoid encroaching on the Baleno’s turf.
Toyota Yaris (May 2017)
Toyota has updated its four-year-old Yaris hatchback with refreshed exterior styling, a new naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine to replace the current 1.33-litre unit, and tweaked trim levels. The hybrid version of the Yaris has also recieved updates to its chassis, in order to make it quieter and more refined for passengers. Inside, a new range of upholsteries, colours and trim details are available, along with a new layout for the instruments - two analogue dials either side of a 4.2in colour screen.
Vauxhall Corsa (2018)
The sixth-generation small hatchback will offer more interior space and gain technology from the latest version of the larger Astra. The next Corsa will not increase significantly in size, but it will have an updated exterior design and a lightly refreshed interior, which will include a larger-sized infotainment touchscreen. Both three and five-door models are expected to be offered.
Volkswagen Polo (2018)
The sixth-generation Polo will have a new platform, updated engines, revised suspension and a raft of technical enhancements. It is larger but lighter than its eight-year-old predecessor, and has simiar styling to the new version of its larger sibling, the Golf. The new Polo will have an all-new interior, in which Volkswagen has focused improvements on material quality. As with the Golf, a digital instrument display will be an option. Engines will include a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine in 64bhp, 74bhp, 94bhp and 113bhp guises, while the current 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol is likely to be discontinued. The turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol will be replaced by the turbo 1.5-litre of the new Golf. Prices aren't expected to significantly increase over today's Polo.
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