Best new cars 2018 – A guide to the top upcoming cars launching this year

With a host of great new cars arriving in showrooms in 2018, it is not going to be easy to select the motor to suit you. Here, TONY ALLEN picks his highlights…..

BMW X2BMW

The BMW X2 will go on sale next month

Prices: from £33,980

On sale: next month

X will mark the spot for BMW in 2018. This new X2 will arrive in the Spring sitting alongside the Bavarian firm’s current X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6.

The end of this year will also see a further addition with, you’ve guessed it, a new larger seven-seater X7.

The X2 is promising a sportier driving experience than most family-orientated cars of the sector although it will initially only be available with a single turbo-diesel engine.

Other diesels, petrols and an electric version will join in time, while there will also be two and four-wheel drive models.

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VW PoloPOLO

This sixth generation VW Polo can be bought for under £12k

Price: from £11,970

Six generations on and Volkswagen’s Polo is as strong as ever.

Like the larger Golf, the Polo has steadily grown in size and stature and while it may not offer many surprises it is very hard to fault for its sheer breadth of talent.

A full range of engines is on offer, with a GTI model due later this year, while there is now, thankfully, a flash of colour in the otherwise dark cabin – although the eight-inch infotainment screen is a rarity at this supermini level.

It might not stand out in a crowd compared to some of its competition – like the Citröen C3 or Nissan Micra – but the Polo is solid and dependable and still has much to recommend it for.

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Price: from £28,500

On sale: now

2018 will see Jaguar’s electric I-Pace land in showrooms but this E-Pace will account for the bulk of the Coventry firm’s sales.

Jaguar’s move into the crossover market with this and the larger F-Pace might upset traditional Jaguar fans but there is no arguing against the sales.

Up against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, this E-Pace will enter that fierce small premium crossover market immediately boasting good looks, a strong engine line-up and sporty, involved on-road handling.

In fact it is the latter that will set it apart from its prestige rivals – and our first experiences behind the wheel have only been positive.

Even better, it is well packaged, making it a practical family choice.

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DS7 CrossbackCITROEN

On sale in March, this Citroen can be bought for under £30k

Price: from £28,050

On sale: March

This new DS7 Crossback might be just the car to see Citroen’s luxury arm, DS, break through into the mainstream, starting a new generation of DS models beyond the current cars.

And better yet, the DS7 is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the crossover sales boom.

We think it’s one of the most desirable cars to come from the new generation of DS models with some stunning styling, smart details and an interior that boasts more personalisation than its rivals.

A petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will join the range in mid 2019.

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Price: from £27,905

On sale: next month

Volvo has arguably two of the best 4x4s right now in the XC60 and XC90, so this new smaller XC40 was always only going to be a matter of time.

Borrowing styling cues from its big brothers – with a sharp kick-up on the side window line and gorgeous rear lights – we think it is stunning.

Initially, there will just be traditional petrol and turbo-diesel engines to choose from but do not be surprised to see plug-in and hybrid versions eventually.

It will also be the first model to be sold under the Care By Volvo scheme, wrapping up all of your car’s costs, including insurance and maintenance, into one monthly payment.

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The Infiniti QX50INFINITI

The Infiniti QX50 will be on sale in December at £33,000

INFINITI QX50

Price: estimate from £33,000

On sale: December

Alongside the new BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40, with the current crossover boom this new QX50 could be Infiniti’s biggest chance yet to get on to more shopping lists of British drivers.

This new QX50 is set to be the latest in Infiniti’s crossover range and it certainly has the look to stand out in what is becoming a competitive area of the market.

Under the bonnet there is a choice of just one engine, however, a new 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 268bhp which Infiniti claims can give petrol performance with the grunt and economy of a diesel.

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