Coming soon: executive and luxury cars
Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2019 and beyond...
Executive and luxury cars
On sale April
They must be smiling at Volvo. The V60 estate is the latest model from the Swedish firm to have been warmly received, following hot on the heels of the S90 and V90 luxury cars and our overall 2018 Car of the Year, the classy XC40 family SUV. And the next to cut a dash is this new S60 saloon.
The car’s looks are certainly striking enough to attract attention, and beneath its elegant body it borrows its layout and technology from the V60. It’s larger in almost every dimension than the previous S60, boding well for interior space, while we’ve already found that the V60 can hold its own in terms of comfort and refinement against highly regarded rivals such as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
Volvo also says the new S60 will be much more engaging to drive than the previous car, although it’s still not expected to be the keen driver’s choice.
Power options will be limited to two petrol engines and a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, with no diesels being offered. Expect the usual long list of equipment and masses of safety kit, along with prices that are likely to slightly undercut those of premium rivals.
The S60 will also be available through the Care by Volvo subscription service. You pay a set monthly fee for the car and to cover all your running costs, other than fuel.
BMW 3 Series
On sale March
The 3 Series has been so successful over the years that it’s come to define the class in which it competes. This new version is larger, lighter and safer than its predecessor, and BMW reckons its improved ride and handling will help it topple the Audi A4.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé
On sale October
BMW’s new Porsche Panamera-rivalling four-door will sit at the top of the 8 Series range, above the two-door coupé and convertible models, with its stretched body providing more space for rear passengers while being just as fast, luxurious and driver-focused.
On sale Early 2019
Lexus hopes the new ES executive saloon will improve on the disappointing sales of the old GS it replaces. The £34,000 ES is hybrid only, with a 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor promising strong performance and excellent official fuel economy. Lexus says the front-wheel-drive ES will be just as driver-focused as its rear-wheel-drive forebear.
Mercedes A-Class Saloon
On sale Spring
This is a new bodystyle for the A-Class, with longer rear doors than the hatchback on which it’s based and a short, separate boot. The four-door will be pricier than the hatch, starting at around £25,000, but expect the interior to have the same wow factor.