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Coming soon: new cars for 2018

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2017 and beyond

Words ByKris Culmer

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Cars coming soon

Planning to buy a new car? Think you know what you want? Well, before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read our round-up of all the models coming soon; there are lots that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, something spacious or something stylish.

City cars and small hatchbacks

Audi A1 (winter 2018)

The new Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo are both class-leaders and represent huge progress from their predecessors. Things couldn't look better, then, for the second-generation Audi A1, which shares its underpinnings with those cars. It'll be bigger and roomier yet lighter than the current A1, and there will be a higher-quality interior offering more tech, such as the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. Audi promises the new A1 will be more comfortable and more dynamic to drive, with heavily reworked suspension, a new range of engines and updated gearboxes. The car's styling will be rather different, too. Price (est) From Β£16,000


Ford Fiesta Active (January 2018)

Ford recently introduced a new version of its big-selling Fiesta hatchback and soon it will add this Active variant, with SUV-like body cladding and a raised ride height. The updates to the suspension are said to improve ride comfort. Price (est) From Β£17,000


Honda Jazz (March 2018)

Honda's MPV-style small hatchback has had its styling refreshed, gaining the 'solid wing face' of the new Civic and new bumpers. Mechanical changes include the addition of a 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine and the revision of the single-speed CVT automatic gearbox to make it better refined with a more linear response. Price (est) From Β£14,000


MG 3 (March 2018)

The 3 small hatchback is probably the best model in this latest era of MG – we give it a three star rating, largely for the value for money it offers. And while the brand's sales are on the up, the 3 has been on sale for 2013, so is due a refresh this year. Details are thin on the ground, but we do know it has updated styling in the style of the new ZS small SUV. Price (est) From Β£8500


Skoda Fabia (early 2019)

The Skoda Fabia was our favourite small car until the new Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo came along. Despite Skoda sharing technology with those brands, it'll be a few years yet before it gets to utilise the excellent new platform of those aformentioned cars. The Fabia will instead make do with an update that is expected to be mostly cosmetic, with a new engine a possibility. Price (est) From Β£10,500


Vauxhall Corsa (summer 2019)

The next Corsa be bigger with more interior space and have styling inspired by the striking new Insignia. As a result of Vauxhall's recent sale to the PSA Group, which comprises CitroΓ«n, DS and Peugeot, it will have all-new underpinnings, tech and a range of frugal Peugeot engines. . Both three and five-door models are likely to be offered. Price (est) From Β£10,000


Volkswagen Polo (January 2018)

The sixth-generation Polo has a new platform, updated engines and a raft of technical enhancements. It is larger but lighter than its eight-year-old predecessor, with a more customisable interior and styling that's an evolution rather than a revolution. Having driven the new Polo, we were mightily impressed, awarding it a five-star rating for its comfortable ride, refinement and generous interior space. Price From Β£13,855

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