Coming soon: small and family cars

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2020 and beyond...

Citroen Cxperience concept

Citroën C4

On sale December

The replacement for the C4 Cactus will introduce sleek new looks and employ the same mechanicals as the latest Peugeot 208, so it will offer turbo petrol and diesel engines as well as electric power. You can expect a range of around 200 miles from the latter. Citroën is also placing an even greater emphasis on ride quality, interior comfort and replacement.


Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz front

On sale July

This spacious Ford Fiesta rival will be available only as a hybrid, using a similar setup to the CR-V Hybrid SUV, with two electric motors and a petrol engine. On the inside, it gains a digital instrument display and a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It retains clever rear seats that can flip up to allow bigger items to be loaded into the rear.


Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 front

On sale Summer

Despite being a decent car, the i20 has never really troubled the best small hatchbacks, but the new version looks much more exciting. It will be available with hybrid tech to boost efficiency. Plus, Hyundai is planning a hot 'N' version with a Ford Fiesta ST-rivalling 200bhp.


Seat Leon

2020 Seat Leon studio front

On sale Summer

Seat will introduce two new family hatchbacks next year: the traditional Leon and the all-new, electric el-Born. You can think of them as the spicy Spanish versions of the new Volkswagen Golf and ID 3, meaning the Mk4 Leon promises to be more efficient and even better to drive. What’s more, its interior will be revamped with digital dials and a new infotainment system.


Toyota Yaris

2020 Toyota Yaris front

On sale September

Toyota expects 80% of people who buy its new Yaris to opt for the hybrid version, which offers 111bhp and is at least 20% more efficient than today’s already super-frugal model. Highlights of the Yaris’s interior include a new 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and an optional head-up display that puts key driving information right in your line of sight.


Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 2019 front left tracking LHD

On sale Summer

The eighth-generation Golf promises class-leading technology and efficiency, in large part because the petrol engines can be had with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. There are also two diesels and a plug-in hybrid that can do 35 miles on electricity alone. A minimalist interior features a large touchscreen for the infotainment and almost no physical controls.


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