Geneva motor show 2016 - the key cars to watch out for

The annual Geneva motor show will give us a first look at many of the new cars going on sale in the UK this year

Words ByDarren Moss

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The Geneva motor show, which takes place next week, will feature new cars from the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Porsche.

Here's the What Car? essential guide to the star cars that'll be taking centre stage at the show.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift

Alfa Romeo's Audi A3 rival gets a very light selection of updates for 2016, including new front-end styling and a new range of specifications.

Audi Q2

The Q2 will be the smallest of Audi's SUV models when it goes on sale, acting as a premium rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Ford Kuga facelift

Updated version of Ford's mid-size SUV gets a new all-wheel drive version, and a host of new equipment and styling upgrades.

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai's first dedicated hybrid model will take on the Toyota Prius when it's launched later this year. The Ioniq will be available as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and as a fully electric car.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Jaguar has upgraded the F-Type's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. It now produces 567bhp, giving the car a top speed of 200mph.

Kia Optima SW

This estate version of the new Kia Optima will reach the UK in the autumn as a rival for the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6 etates. Among its planned engine options is a plug-in hybrid.

Maserati Levante

Scheduled to go on sale next year, Maserati's first SUV is similar in size to the Porsche Cayenne. It will be all-wheel drive and be offered with V6 and V8 engines. Recent pictures from our sister site, Autocar, have shown prototypes of the Levante undergoing winter testing.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The new C-Class Cabriolet goes on sale this summer, and is based on the recently revealed C-Class Coupé (pictured below). It will have a fabric folding roof.

Peugeot 2008 facelift

Updated version of Peugeot's crossover goes on sale in the summer, and receives mild styling updates inside and out, while buyers can now choose the option of an automatic gearbox.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The facelifted Boxster sports car gets a new name, updated styling and a new 2.5-litre engine.

Renault Scenic

The fourth generation of Renault's ditches its old MPV shape to become more of an SUV, based on 2011's R-Space concept car.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Estate version of the latest Renault Megane will reach the UK in the autumn, with the range-topping 202bhp GT variant leading the range.

Skoda VisionS

Skoda's VisionS concept car offers a close look at the firm's first SUV model, which is expected to take the Kodiaq name for production. It's closely related to the Volkswagen CrossBlue.

Vauxhall GT Concept

The GT Concept doesn't preview any car in particular, but is said to provide a template for Vauxhall's future sports cars.

Volkswagen Up facelift

The Up city car has been updated for 2016, and now gets a new turbocharged 1.0-litre engine, as well as mild style upgrades. It will go on sale soon after its Geneva show debut.

Volvo V90

The V90 is the estate version of Volvo's recently revealed S90. It's the replacement for the current V70, and will go on sale in the autumn. Rivals include the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

Volvo V40 facelift

Volvo's mass-market hatchback receives styling designed to bring it in line witht he S90, V90 and XC90, but keeps its current engine range.