Best new cars for 2019: Updated and complete list

Best new cars for 2019: Updated and complete list

If 2018 was the year of the SUV, the best new cars for 2019 will be all about electrification, as there are a host of new hybrid and full EV models in the pipeline.

All-new electric cars such as the Porsche Taycan, MINI EV and Mercedes EQC are leading the way as we head towards the end of the decade, and there will even be a hybrid version of the Ford Mustang to get excited about.

However, the popularity of SUVs shows no sign of waning and we’ll still see new 4x4s making an appearance on our list of the best new cars for 2019, including the new BMW X7, and the Mercedes GLA and GLB.

So, scroll down below to find out what new models we can expect to see in 2019 in alphabetical order. Click the links below to find the manufacturer you’re looking for…

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Audi A4

Price: From £28,000 (est)
On sale: Summer 2019

Audi will give its compact executive saloon a facelift this year in a bid to keep it competitive against recently updated rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

Our exclusive image previews the look of the updated car, showing how almost every panel will be changed, while new front and rear bumpers, and side skirts, will sharpen up the overall design.

Although it isn’t the sharpest-handling choice in its class, the Audi sells on its supple and comfortable ride, which makes it a great long-distance cruiser. The outgoing A4’s engine options aren’t bad, either, with power outputs ranging from 148bhp to 268bhp, from a wide line-up of petrol and diesel units.

Big changes are also due inside, though, where Audi will fit its 3 Series rival with the latest tech from the flagship A8. That means all of the current dials and switches will make way for a pair of high-definition touchscreens on the dashboard and centre console.

Audi e-tron

Price: From £70,805
On sale: Early 2019

Audi’s answer to the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X boasts up to 402bhp and a claimed range of 248 miles. As we revealed in our drive of a prototype, the e-Tron is capable of 0-62 mph in under six seconds and will hit 124 mph.

Audi also claims that up 30 per cent of the e-Tron’s total range is accounted for by energy recuperation. The driver can select the severity of this recuperation using the steering-wheel mounted paddles, and the system then recaptures kinetic energy to give extra range. The charging system is also particularly neat; with a 150kW charging port on offer, the e-Tron can recover 80 per cent of its charge in less than half an hour.

Audi Q4

Price: From £33,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Audi will continue to expand its Q range of SUVs with the addition of the Q4. Based on the Q3, the car is set to enter production in 2019 and it will aim to rival the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé. The Q4 is likely to be a production version of the TT Offroad concept (above) seen at 2014’s Beijing Motor Show. Expect a range of engines including a 1.5-litre TSI, 2.0 TDI and 395bhp 2.5 five-cylinder RS Q4 turbo. There’s also the possibility of a plug-in hybrid, as the car will share all of the Q3’s mechanical running gear.

Audi RS Q5

Price: From £65,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

The performance SUV market is set to expand over the coming years, and Audi is intending to capitalise on that with the new RS Q5. Likely to borrow the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive from the RS 5 Coupé, it should deliver around 444bhp, a sub-five-second 0-62mph time and a top speed limited to 155mph. Our exclusive image previews how the RS Q5 could look; sporting the usual LED headlamps, sculpted air intakes and large wheels, it’ll take on the aggressive style for which Audi’s RS models have become known.

Audi RS 7

Price: From £90,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

The new RS 7, previewed in our exclusive image, is set to be the most powerful Audi ever. It’ll also be Audi Sport’s first plug-in hybrid, because its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is linked to an electric motor in some versions. This drivetrain, adapted from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, should produce 670bhp and 850Nm of torque – enough for 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. Power will be fed to all four wheels through a dual-clutch auto gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.

Bentley Flying Spur

Price: From £135,000 (est)
On sale: Mid-2019

While it’s still well disguised in our spy shot, Bentley’s new Continental Flying Spur will roll elegantly into showrooms at the end of the year. It should adopt the latest wider grille seen on the newest Continental GT coupé, along with the latest headlamps and tail-lights.

The car will use a modified version of the regular Conti GT’s MSB platform, which will allow for 48-volt electrification. Other tech from the coupé could also feature, including the active anti-roll bars from the Bentley Dynamic Ride suspension. The biggest improvement will come down to luxury and refinement on the move, to help distance the car from the two-door.

Under the bonnet will be the latest version of the trademark 6.0-litre W12, producing 626bhp and 900Nm of torque. The Flying Spur should also get the latest Conti GT’s 12.3-inch infotainment set-up, housed in a three-sided panel in the dash.

BMW 1 Series

Price: From £23,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

BMW is planning a complete rethink for the newest iteration of its 1 Series (previewed here in our exclusive image), scrapping the rear-wheel-drive platform in favour of the front-wheel-drive layout that underpins the current MINI. The redesign should result in more interior and luggage space, because there’s no driveshaft or rear differential encroaching on the cabin compartment. For performance enthusiasts, there will also be a hot version of the 1 Series. Due to the car’s reconfiguration, the next flagship M140i will feature a four-cylinder turbo and xDrive four-wheel drive, placing it in direct competition with the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS.

BMW 3 Series

Price: From £33,610
On sale: March 2019

The seventh-generation 3 Series is the most technologically advanced version yet. Updates include a switch to BMW’s CLAR platform, which allows a new generation of powertrains to be fitted– including a more efficient plug-in hybrid. From launch, buyers will have the option of a single petrol and two diesel models; all are 2.0 litres with power ranging from 187bhp to 263bhp. Next year the fuel-sipping 330e PHEV will arrive, promising 37 miles of electric range and sub-40g/km of CO2. BMW will then turn its attention to performance; a pair of six-cylinder M Performance models will arrive at the end of 2019, while a top-of-the-range M3 is scheduled to join the ranks in 2020.

BMW 8 Series Convertible

Price: From £80,000 (est)
On sale: Early 2019

BMW’s new 8 Series Convertible is set to arrive early next year. A fabric roof has been favoured over a folding metal top, likely for weight-saving purposes – although the drop-top will still be around 100kg heavier than the coupé. The M850i spied here will be powered by a 530bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. In the coupé, this can propel the 8 Series from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. As with the hard-top, the Convertible will use BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic box with a limited-slip rear diff.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé

Price: From £80,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

Sitting as the flagship of the BMW 8 Series line-up, the Gran Coupé will be the largest model in the range. With a longer wheelbase and two more doors than the Coupé, it’s set to take on the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS when it arrives next year. Engines will be shared across the 8 Series range, which means the Gran Coupé will feature either a 320bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel or 625bhp 4.4-litre petrol V8. A high-performance M8 Gran Coupé will also join the ranks at a later date.


Price: From £63,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2019

BMW’s all-new X6, pictured in our spy shot, will rival the Mercedes GLE Coupe and new Audi Q8. Designed to look sleeker than the outgoing model the SUV will be based on BMW’s new CLAR platform, shared with the likes of the new 5 Series and 7 Series, offering more interior space and sharper driving dynamics. Inside, the X6 will be identical to the more traditional X5, featuring a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the dash, along with a digital instrument cluster. Spy shots have also confirmed that the brand is working on a flagship X6 M, which will make use of a 600bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.


Price: From £72,155
On sale: March 2019

BMW is going after the Range Rover’s crown with its new X7 SUV. It’s due to land on UK soil in March and, to make it competitive with the Range Rover, the new flagship will be peppered with technology borrowed from the luxurious Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

The X7 will be a full-size, seven-seat SUV and, at 5,151mm long and 2,218mm wide, it’s larger than a Range Rover. It’s also the heaviest production car BMW has ever made, weighing more than 2.4 tonnes in its lightest guise.

UK engine choices for the new X7 consist of two diesels and a petrol, all of which will send their power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The most powerful option available in the UK will be a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel with 395bhp.

The X7’s dashboard layout will be similar to that of recent models from the brand, with the addition of new metal and wood trims, ambient lighting strips and a new gear selector. BMW’s familiar rotary dial-controlled iDrive system will also feature across dual 12.3-inch displays.


Price: From £36,990
On sale: March 2019

As the new Z4 has been developed in tandem with the Toyota Supra, it’s grown to become a proper sports car. We’ve driven it in prototype form, and initial signs seem good. A wealth of technology includes adaptive dampers, an electronically managed differential and bespoke Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres as standard.In addition, the car weighs 50kg less than before, mainly due to the new fabric roof. BMW has changed the Z4’s personality in order to tackle the Porsche 718 Boxster and muscle in on the sports car market.

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