Geneva motor show 2019: all the star cars
Audi's all-electric family SUV, a new Renault Clio and Volkswagen's radical beach buggy, plus plenty more. Here's your full guide to the star cars on display at the Geneva motor show...
Electric and hybrid cars
Audi Q4 E-tron
Audi already has an extensive range of SUVs, but if the Q2, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8 or E-tron don't appeal, perhaps this new model will. Scheduled to arrive in 2020, the new electric SUV will slot in between the existing Q3 and Q5 (hence the Q4 name) and is expected to become Audi's best-selling electric model. Power comes from dual electric motors which offer a range of 280 miles on the official WLTP test cycle, and a 0-62mph sprint time of 6.3sec. Prices should start at around £50,000
Find out more about the Audi Q4 E-tron
Honda E Prototype
Honda's upcoming electric city car caused a big stir when it was revealed as a concept in 2017, and it was then named as the car you're most looking forward to seeing in 2019 at the What Car? Awards. This new version – now called the Honda e Prototype rather than Urban EV – is close to being production ready, is expected to go on sale later this year to rival electric cars ranging from the BMW i3 to the Nissan Leaf.
In terms of range, the e Prototype can travel for more than 124 miles (on the latest WLTP cycle) before needing to recharge – which can be done in 30 minutes using the latest rapid chargers. It should cost from around £28,000.
Find out more about the Honda Urban EV
Styling changes to Kia's hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUV look to bring it more in line with the e-Niro, our 2019 Car of the Year. Inside you'll find higher-quality materials, and the option to upgrade the car's infotainment screen from 8.0in to 10.25in, as well as swap the standard analogue dials for a digital instrument cluster. The options list has expanded, too, and now includes lane-keeping assistance and cruise control with a 'stop & go' function.
Mercedes Concept EQV
Scheduled to arrive in dealerships in 2022, Mercedes all-electric people carrier has a range of around 200 miles in real-world conditions – with drivers able to get 60 miles of range from just a 15-minute charge when using the latest rapid chargers. Powered by a single, compact 201bhp electric motor, the EQV has a top speed of 99mph and will be offered in a variety of configurations, allowing buyers to prioritise either luggage or passenger space.
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Polestar is Volvo's newly independent performance division (think Cupra to Seat or Abarth to Fiat), and its second model takes the form of an electric five-door SUV-coupé with 402bhp and an expected range of some 300 miles. That means it will go up against the Tesla Model 3. Prices should start from around £34,000 in the UK, but the first models to reach this country will be high-spec versions which will set you back closer to £50,000.
The el-Born concept car previews a future five-door all-electric hatchback which will go on sale in 2020. It's powered by a single 202bhp electric motor, giving a range of 261 miles on the WLTP test cycle. It's also nippy, covering the 0-62mph sprint in 7.5sec. Charging to 80% of capacity takes just 47 minutes using the latest rapid chargers, and prices should start from around £26,000.
Find out more about the Seat el-Born
Volkswagen ID Buggy
Volkswagen's electric ID family will grow again with this radical vehicle inspired by the Beetle-based dune buggies of the 1970s. And although it remains a concept for now, the ID Buggy is being 'actively considered' for production. Power comes from a 202bhp rear-mounted electric motor, offering a range of 155 miles on the WLTP test cycle, and a top speed of 99mph. This conceptual version is a two-seater, but any production model is likely to feature four seats. There are no doors for easy access, and no roof, but a detachable cover has been developed to protect occupants from the elements.
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