The Automotive Industry is set to give an avalanche of options to all ye car lovers this year. SUVs and superminis are set to triumph over the rest of the automotive world.
With an avalanche of cars heading for showroom next year, if you’ve got a big deposit burning a hole in your bank account, it can be difficult to decide what to do with it. From superminis to SUVs and plug-in hybrids to full EVs on the way there is a lot to choose from.
Well, thanks to Auto Express we will be telling you exactly what’s coming, when it’ll arrive, how much it’s likely to cost and, crucially, whether it’s worth holding on for. So don’t sign on the dotted line on a new car until you’ve read our essential guide.
Here Are Some Of The Best New Cars Of 2018
Price: From £51,000 (est)
On sale: Now
You won’t find a better revival than the A110. This Porsche Cayman rival looks like its sixties’ namesake, but it’s a thoroughly 21st-century sports car, with a rear-drive aluminium chassis and superb agility. Order books are already open, and the first owners will take delivery in June. Those cars will be well-equipped Premiere Edition models – which will cost about £51,000 – but the range will expand in the future. It will certainly include some cheaper versions, plus a lighter and more powerful Sport.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
On sale: Summer
The above picture shows the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – the replacement for the Vanquish. It shares much of its profile with the DB11, but with 715bhp and 900Nm of torque being pumped out of its 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 expect the DBS to be a different kind of beast to its stablemate. Pitched by Aston as a bit of a “brute” the DBS will be able to hit 100mph in just 6.4 seconds – however it is expected to cost £225,000 when it goes on sale later this year.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Price: From £120,900
On sale: Now
Aston Martin is back in the black and powering along nicely, with £87million profit recorded in 2017. The new V8 Vantage is now all set to give the firm another significant sales boost.
The latest car shares its basic aluminium architecture with the larger DB11, as well as its rear-wheel-drive layout and AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. In the Vantage this produces 503bhp and 685Nm of torque to give a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 195mph.
With 50:50 weight distribution, an electronic E-Diff rear differential and adaptive dampers, the Vantage promises to offer handling to match its high performance.
Price: From £15,000 (est)
On sale: Winter
Audi is gearing up to move its smallest car on to the same A0 version of the MQB platform as the new SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo.
As a result, the new A1, previewed in our exclusive image, is expected to be roomier than at present thanks to a 90mm-longer wheelbase. The engine line-up is likely to resemble that of the Polo, and include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol with a range of outputs. Audi could launch a BMW i3-rivalling plug-in hybrid A1 e-tron, too.
Price: From £35,000 (est)
On sale: June
Audi has held nothing back for its all-new A6, which moves the game on from the current car in every area. It’s bigger, for a start, and with an extra 12mm in the wheelbase, there’s more legroom without sacrificing any of the old model’s 530 litres of boot space.
The A6 also benefits from aluminium panels in order to counteract the weight gain brought about by the mild-hybrid powertrains across the range. Borrowing tech from the bigger A8 means buyers can specify air suspension for the smoothest ride possible, too.
Price: From £60,000 (est)
On sale: Summer
We have yet to see a production version of Audi’s first pure EV, but the company did bring camouflaged e-tron prototypes to the recent Geneva show, no doubt to steal some of the Jaguar I-Pace’s thunder. The e-tron will be the first of a pair of all-electric crossovers built on the VW Group’s MLB platform.
We’d expect it to offer around 310 miles of range from a single charge – although it’s still feasible that Audi could offer it with more than one battery capacity.
Price: From £27,000 (est)
On sale: Autumn
It’s no surprise that Audi is busy putting the finishing touches to its new Q3, because the current version is now the oldest model in its range. The new Q3 will be marginally larger on the outside, and with a longer wheelbase, it should offer more interior space as the brand fights for sales against the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.
To that end, Auto Express understands Audi is also working on an all-electric version of the Q3 to sell alongside petrol and diesel models, and a plug-in hybrid e-tron. Despite such major changes under the bodywork, our exclusive images show that the Q3’s styling will be very much an evolutionary affair.
Price: £65,000 (est)
On sale: Late 2018
As part of the rapid expansion of its range of SUVs, Audi will be introducing a new flagship Q8. This will be the brand’s largest Q car, and is intended to be an all-out luxury 4×4 to rival the likes of the Range Rover.
Underneath, it’s based on the Q7, but the Q8 will have a more distinctive, coupé-like look; judging by the latest spy shots, it looks very much like the Q8 concept from the 2017 Detroit show. We also expect the car to be available with the e-tron plug-in hybrid petrol-electric transmission from the concept.
Price: From £33,000 (est)
On sale: Mid-2018
We’ve been seeing spy shots for a while, but we expect Audi will finally introduce a hot Q2 later this year. The most recent pictures reveal tell-tale quad exhausts and enlarged air intakes, as well as large brake discs.
The SQ2 is likely to use a version of the four-cylinder turbo from the S3, and we expect it’ll offer around 250bhp, use all-wheel drive and feature a sportier chassis set-up. That would then leave the possibility of Audi introducing an even faster RS Q2 model, using the same engine as the RS 3.
Bentley Bentayga PHEV
Price: From £150,000 (est)
On sale: Autumn
The hybrid Bentley SUV is said to be the first step to full electrification. It has a 3.0-litre V6 petrol turbo, electric motor and generator, and claims 75g/km CO2 emissions and a 31-mile EV range.
Other than a charging socket, it looks much the same as any Bentayga, but various functions – such as the instruments, sat-nav and smartphone app – have been tailored to suit the hybrid mode.