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 will cost from £9450.
Seat Ibiza (June 2017)
The current Ibiza remains Seat's best-selling model in the UK. Its replacement's 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 turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, which give better performance and fuel efficiency.
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 is very close to today’s Swift in order to avoid encroaching on the Baleno’s turf. Handling has also been greatly improved, with Suzuki attempting to match the Ford Fiesta, the class-leader in that regard. The new Swift will cost from £10,999.
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 similar 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. Prices aren't expected to significantly increase over today's Polo.
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