Volkswagen Golf – On sale Summer
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-selling cars in the UK. There are almost 40,000 examples which found homes in the first six months of 2018. It still holds a five-star What Car? rating six years after it was launched.
Don’t expect a revolution when it comes to the looks of this new model. The new Golf will feature sharper creases to bring it into line with the new Polo, but it will still be instantly recognisable. Its front and rear axles are likely to be farther apart to liberate more rear leg room.
We’ve become used to seeing modern cars launched with far fewer interior switches than their predecessors, and this will also be the case with the new Golf. In fact, on high-end versions there will be almost no switches at all, with Volkswagen bosses describing the car’s interior as a “total digital environment”. As such the Golf will be permanently connected to the internet, thanks to an eSIM that will allow it to show advanced 3D sat-nav mapping, always find the strongest radio signal and let its engine coast in the run-up to junctions or when you’re heading downhill.
Fiat 500 – On sale Late 2019
Don’t panic: the new Fiat 500 is almost certain to look much like the current one and offer a range of head-turning colours and interior finishes. Instead, interest in the new model lies in whether Fiat can complement its cutesy design with a much-improved driving experience.
From what we know so far, the most headline-grabbing changes will be the introduction of mild hybrid tech – alongside conventional petrol engines. The mild hybrid will use an electric set-up to boost fuel economy and therefore lower emissions, while the electric 500e will arrive from 2020, with the estate, likely to be called the Giardiniera, to follow.
BMW 1 Series – On sale September
BMW is preparing to up the ante with its next 1 Series. The biggest change is the switch from rear to front-wheel drive, which is said to make the 1 Series lighter as well as improving space inside for passengers and luggage. Elsewhere inside, the new 1 Series is likely to feature a digital instrument display and the latest version of BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system
Vauxhall Corsa – On sale Late 2019
The Vauxhall Corsa is overdue a reinvention, with its currently lagging behind its much younger rivals, such as the Seat Ibiza and Ford Fiesta.
The Mk6 Corsa will sit on the same underpinnings as the decent, if not startling, Citroën C3 and be offered primarily with the 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine we recommend in a variety of Peugeot models in a range of outputs.
Let us know which one you will be after this year.