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 2019 and beyond...

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14 August 2019

2020 Audi A3 renderings

Audi A3

On sale Early 2020

There will be no three-door A3 in the model’s next generation, but the five-door hatchback and four-door A3 saloon survive, and they will be joined by a five-door coupé. There will be new versions of the S3 and RS3 hot hatches, too. Expect a more geometric front end design in keeping with Audi’s latest models, plus the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as standard.


Hyundai i10

On sale Early 2020

2020 Hyundai i10 front

The new i10 has been designed with younger drivers in mind, with sportier styling than the old car, a fully loaded 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and advanced safety systems. It also has more rear leg room and a larger boot, despite minimal exterior growth. Engines are 66bhp and 83bhp petrols, plus a 99bhp turbo unit in the sporty N Line model.


Peugeot 208

2019 Peugeot 208 front

On sale Autumn

A firm’s larger cars usually give clues as to how the smaller ones will look, and so it is that the new 208, based on a new platform, takes on some of the sophistication of the new 508. It will be sold with a range of tweaked turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines, with a mild hybrid variant likely and an electric version following shortly after launch.


Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio TCe 100 front three quarter

On sale Autumn

How do you reinvent one of the most successfully styled small cars on the road? By mildly evolving those stand-out looks and ramping up the change in other areas that can really make a difference, such as refinement, technology and interior quality. Indeed, the latest Renault Clio feels every bit as plush as a Volkswagen Polo.


Volvo V40

Volvo concept

On sale Early 2020

We’re expecting a far more angular look for Volvo’s new Audi A3 rival, taking cues from the XC40 SUV. Inside, expect to see the same portrait infotainment touchscreen and digital dials, along with increases in luggage and passenger space. Petrol engines will be offered, but hybrid and electric models are expected to form the bulk of the range.


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