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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.