Coming soon: new cars worth waiting for
Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2019 and beyond...
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 the models coming soon; there are lots that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, something spacious or something stylish.
In this guide we look at every class of car. And we not only reveal what's coming when, but what's special about each of the newcomers.
On sale November
The Nissan Juke is the model that kick-started the trend for jacked-up small cars; it's barely any longer than a Ford Fiesta, but offers the raised driving position and extra practicality that's normally associated with larger SUVs. However, despite still selling in big numbers, it's feeling distinctly long in the tooth, so this new version isn't arriving a moment too soon.
Underneath, it uses a stretched version of the platform that underpins the new Renault Clio. And as a result it's larger than today's Juke, with enough rear space for six-footers to sit in the back without their knees being jammed against the seats in front.
Interior quality has also taken a big step forward, with the materials a match for any rival, while the blurry, laggy touchscreen display from other Nissans has been binned in favour of a sharp, responsive system incorporating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G data connection that enables a wi-fi hotspot, wireless software updates and Google Street View.
So far we’ve only driven a disguised prototype on a test track, but it appears to be a big step forward dynamically. The steering feels far more connected than the old car’s, thanks to better weight and response. And this goes hand in hand with tighter body control to make the Juke more stable through bends.
Prices and specifications haven’t been announced, but expect an increase of between 5% and 10% over the old car. That would put the meat of the range at just under £20,000 – prime Volkswagen T-Cross territory.
Audi Q3 Sportback
On sale October
For a car maker with as many SUVs in its line-up as Audi, the German giant has so far barely dipped a toe in the water of the SUV-coupé market, only launching the luxurious Q8 last year. Now, though, it’s doubling down with the Audi Q3 Sportback – a coupé-styled version of the Q3 family SUV that’s designed to take on the likes of the BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque.
The differences between the Q3 Sportback’s styling and the regular Q3’s are most noticeable at the rear, where you’ll find a more sloping roof and tailgate and a more muscular bumper. The Sportback is lower than its sibling and slightly longer overall, while plastic cladding around the car’s lower edges gives it a more aggressive look.
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Audi says the Q3 Sportback will cost you around £1200 more than the equivalent Q3, suggesting that it’s likely to kick off at around £32,000. That makes Audi’s new SUV-coupé more expensive than both of its key rivals, but expect discounts to make the Q3 Sportback more affordable before long. For example, What Car? New Car Buying can currently save you up to £2072 on the regular Q3.
On sale Autumn
While all three are very closely related under the skin, though, the Kamiq has the potential to be the best of the lot, because it offers most rear space and the classiest interior of the three.
Pricing will be crucial, of course, but early suggestions are that it will be competitive, starting at around £17,500. Expect to pay £19,500 for the 1.0 TSI 115 engine that we recommend in the T-Cross.