Coming soon: BMW 1 Series and Vauxhall Corsa
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BMW 1 Series
On sale Autumn
The biggest change is the switch from rear to front-wheel drive for most models, which improves space inside for passengers and luggage.
Don't go thinking that the downside is compromised handling, either; the new car's front end feels especially sharp, while the steering is smooth, precise and responsive.
The four-wheel drive M135i has its own lowered and stiffened suspension set up to help it remain flatter in corners, and gets a limited-slip differential to maximise traction on winding roads.
Then later there will be petrol-electric plug-in hybrid variants, which should be capable of travelling for at least 31 miles on electric power alone.
Prices start from around £24,00, making the 1 Series slightly pricier than the A-Class, although it will stay closely matched on PCP finance.
On sale March 2020
However, the route to launching the all-new car has not been a simple one. Just as the new Corsa was nearing completion, Vauxhall was sold by General Motors to the PSA Group, necessitating a complete rethink.
So it is that the Mk6 Corsa will sit on the same underpinnings as the new Peugeot 208 and be offered primarily with the 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine we recommend in a variety of Peugeot models in a range of outputs.
If that sounds a little cautious, bear in mind that Vauxhall has had freedom to develop the car in its own direction over the past two years, and that the British firm knows just how much rests on reinvigorating its best-selling model.
As such, they say that while the new Corsa will be no larger than the old one on the outside, it's better packaged, so provides more rear seat and boot space.
What’s more, there will be an electric version of the car, called the Corsa-e, in short order, which has a 211-mile range and competitive pricing.
With the three-door Corsa being dropped, prices are expected to start at around £13,500, although Vauxhalls have traditionally attracted generous discounts shortly after launch.