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First published: 7th November 2016

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The best new cars for 2017

With all these great models on the way, 2017 promises to be a bumper year for new cars.

First published: 7th November 2016
No matter what sort of new car you’re looking for, it seems 2017 is going to be a vintage year. As you can see from our list, brand new versions of everything from small cars to seven-seat SUVs will be hitting showrooms to tempt buyers.
Small cars
2017 Nissan Micra
2017 Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra
The fifth generation of the Micra is a very different car from the previous model, with a shorter bonnet, more raked windscreen, a lower roof, as well as a nice new grille, reflecting the family look from the brand's big-selling crossovers – the Qashqai and the Juke. It’s also larger than before, making it a rival for big sellers like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. At launch, the Micra will be available with a pair of 90bhp engines – a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, also used in the Renault Clio, and a 1.5-litre diesel – and further down the line, those engines will be joined by Nissan's own naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine, which should bring lower running costs.

See the full story on the Nissan Micra
  • On sale: March 2017
  • Price: From £11,000 (est.)
2017 Ford Fiesta
2017 Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta
The new Fiesta - the eight generation of the car - will be taking a step upmarket, featuring a softer look, with slim headlights and a feature line running along the side of the car. There will plenty of scope for personalisation, too, As before, it will be available as a three- and five-door hatchback, but the new range will also include the 'Active' model, with SUV-inspired styling and sitting a little higher off the ground. Available on all will be the latest technology and safety features that Ford has up its sleeve, as well as a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

Click here for the full story on the new Fiesta
  • On sale: First half of 2017
  • Price: From around £13,000 (est.)
Family cars
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf
The updates to the Golf cover the entire range: the three- and five-door hatchback, sporty GTI and GTE, and the estate. There are some minor changes to the outside – new bumpers, headlights with LED daytime running lights, and full-LED rear lights – but the biggest changes are inside, with updated infotainment systems across the range. These include larger touchscreens and, on top models, gesture control. The range of petrol and diesel engines will include a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and a forthcoming BlueMotion version, with 128bhp and 104g/km CO2 emissions.

Click here for the full story on the 2017 Golf
  • On sale: Early 2017
  • Price: From £18,000 (est.)
2017 Skoda Octavia
2017 Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia
The Octavia gets a new look for 2017, with a front end that resembles that of the new Kodiaq SUV, which will also go on sale in 2017. But, perhaps more importantly, there’s also a load of new technology, including a choice of three new infotainment systems, all with a touchscreen display. Among the driver assistance systems is the trailer assistant system, which will steer automatically when the vehicle is towing and reversing slowly. The revised line-up includes a total of four engines – two petrol and two diesel – while buyers can also specify the optional Dynamic Chassis Control system, which lets the driver choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

See the full story on the Skoda Octavia
  • On sale: February 2017
  • Price: From £17,000 (est.)
2017 Honda Civic
2017 Honda Civic
Honda Civic
The tenth generation of the Civic was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, and it will arrive in Honda showrooms early in 2017. This latest version is longer, wider and lower than the previous generations, and Honda says there is more room in the cabin, thanks to a longer wheelbase. The many dials on the dashboard of the current model have been swapped for a 7.0-inch screen that can display both car information and entertainment, while lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot assistance, and a reversing camera will be fitted to every model.

See the full story on the Honda Civic
  • On sale: February 2017
  • Price: From £19,000 (est.)
2017 Hyundai i30
2017 Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30
Like the Civic (above), the new i30 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Hyundai promises it will have more active safety features and better connectivity, along with better build quality. The looks aren’t that radical – with the ‘cascading grille’ that Hyundai plans to feature on upcoming models, and LED headlights that wrap around the front bumper – but there are more major changes inside. These include more space and storage, while the new dashboard has a new instrument cluster and a 5.0-inch touchscreen system. There will be a range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, and later in the year, these will be joined by a ‘N’ version, Hyundai’s first hot hatchback.

See the full story on the Hyundai i30
  • On sale: Early 2017
  • Price: From £16,000 (est.)
2017 Seat Leon
2017 Seat Leon
Seat Leon
A revised version of the Leon will go on sale early next year. The changes apply to all three body styles – the three-door coupe, five-door hatchback and ST estate – and centre on a minor facelift inside and out, along with the introduction of new technology. Inside, Seat says it has concentrated on raising the car’s quality. The Leon will benefit from some of the technology recently launched on the Ateca SUV, and the infotainment system has been improved. At the top of the range will be a new Xcellence trim, with its own bespoke look outside, as well as a luxury specification inside. In due course, there will also be a sporty flagship Cupra model.

The full story on the Seat Leon
  • On sale: February 2017
  • Price: From £18,000
2017 Vauxhall Insignia
2017 Vauxhall Insignia
Vauxhall Insignia
We’re yet to see what the Insignia will actually look like, but a drive in a prototype version has already shown us that the new car is a big improvement over the current model. What we do know is that it’s a bigger car than its predecessor, with more space inside, but lighter, too. Both five-door hatchback and estate versions will be available – called the Grand Sport and Sports Tourer, respectively – and the hatchback models we drove showed the ride and handling of the new car are very good, while the turbocharged 1.5-litre engine is smooth and strong.

See the full story on the Vauxhall Insignia
  • On sale: January (first deliveries in July)
  • Price: TBC
Executive cars
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series
BMW says, compared to the previous model, the new 5 Series is lighter, safer and more fuel-efficient, as well as featuring bags of new technology. It’s also a little larger and more spacious, but the cars looks are unmistakeably BMW, and there’s a sense of sportiness when you look at the car from the side. The cabin is very like that of the larger 7 Series, and it will have many of the same features, including dual-zone climate control and a control system that centres around a 10.25-inch touchscreen. The engines are all turbocharged, and each one is both more powerful and more efficient than the equivalent unit in the outgoing range, but the most economical ones arrive a little after the launch: the plug-in hybrid 530e – due in March – has CO2 emissions of just 49g/km and a range of 28 miles on electric power.

See the full story on the BMW 5 Series
  • On sale: Now, with first deliveries in February 2017
  • Price: From £36,025
2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain
2017 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain
The All-Terrain is a high-riding version of the Mercedes E-Class Estate, and as such looks more rugged than the standard E-Class, with a two-tone front and rear bumper, SUV-style grille, wheelarch cladding, roof rails, and pumped up sills underneath the doors. It uses a revised version of the E-Class’ optional air suspension, which lets the driver adjust the ride height, and there will be five driving modes available, including an All-Terrain mode that will help achieve maximum off-road ability. At first, the car will come only with the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel (paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive), but later in 2017, a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel will join the range.

Read the full story on the Mercedes E-Class All Terrain
  • On sale: Spring 2017
  • Price: From £45,000 (est.)
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo V90 Cross Country
Replacing the XC70, the V90 Cross Country completes Volvo’s line-up of ‘90’ cars, alongside the S90 saloon, V90 estate, and XC90 SUV. Compared to the V90 that it's based on, the Cross Country has extra cladding at the front, side and rear, as well as having 60mm more ground clearance than the regular V90, and bespoke tyres that, Volvo says, give better grip off-road. There’s no confirmation as to which engines will be available in the UK yet, but the Cross Country will only be available in one specification, with four-wheel drive. However, there will be some scope for owners to personalise their car, swapping the black cladding for body-coloured cladding, as well as changing materials and details in the cabin.

See the full story on the Volvo V90 Cross Country
  • On sale: First quarter 2017
  • Price: From £45,000 (est.)
2017 Audi A5 Sportback
2017 Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A5 Sportback
Keeping the Sportback in line with the A5 coupe, more space and new technology headline the list of changes to the most practical member of the A5 range. With a longer wheelbase than the previous model, the new A5 Sportback is said to have more space inside. While it doesn’t look markedly different, it does have a flatter and wider grille, as well as bigger bulges around the wheel arches, and a spoiler edge at the back. What hasn’t changed is the engine line-up, with two petrol and three diesel units available, as well as the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, and front- or four-wheel drive.

Read the full story on the Audi A5 Sportback
  • On sale: Available to order now
  • Price: From £30,000 (est.)
SUVs/Crossovers
2017 Renault Koleos
2017 Renault Koleos
Renault Koleos
The Koleos will be Renault’s flagship model, sitting above the Kadjar in the company’s line-up. About the same size as the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Koleos is based on sister company Nissan’s X-Trail. It will only be available as a five-seater, but will have the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Precious few other technical details are available, but Renault has said the Koleos will be available with plenty of safety features, an engine range with power outputs from 128- to 173bhp, and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.
  • On sale: Summer 2017
  • Price: From £24,000 (est.)
2017 Suzuki Ignis
2017 Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki Ignis
Forget the old Ignis that went off sale about 10 years ago; the new model is a very different beast. Effectively a cross between a dinky city car and a small SUV, the 2017 Ignis will come with the choice of two- or four-wheel drive, as well as bright colours, black alloys, roof rails and some interesting sticker decals – some of which are inspired by retro Suzukis from the 70s. The engine line-up will include the 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Baleno, but in due course it will be joined by a hybrid with – Suzuki claims – CO2 emissions well below 100g/km.

Read the full story on the Suzuki Ignis
  • On sale: Spring 2017
  • Price: From £10,000 (est.)
2017 Land Rover Discovery
2017 Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery
After what seemed like an endless stream of teasers and trailers, the new Discovery was finally unveiled earlier this year. While it looks quite similar to the Discovery Sport, it’s a much bigger car: a full-size, three-row, seven-seat SUV. Practicality is of huge importance, and the car has more than 2,000 litres of storage space, as well as seats that can be configured from a smartphone. Buyers have a choice of four trim levels and can pick from a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with hybrids expected further down the line.

See the full story on the Land Rover Discovery
  • On sale: Spring 2017
  • Price: From £43,495
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5
Audi Q5
The new Q5 was only unveiled at the Paris Show in September, but we’ve already had the chance to drive it and discovered that it’s one of the best in its class. With desirability and technology in abundance, the latest model is a spacious and practical car, as well as being much better to drive than the previous model.

Read the full story on the Audi Q5
  • On sale: April 2017
  • Price: TBC
2017 Mini Countryman
2017 Mini Countryman
Mini Countryman
The new Countryman is anything but Mini, and is in fact the largest Mini model yet. At 4.3 metres long, it’s positioned as a practical family car that also offers fun, and will be going up against hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf, as well as compact SUVs and crossovers. It certainly looks pretty rugged, and every model will have large silver roof bars, as well as the kind of personalisation options you would expect of a Mini. There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, including a sporty Cooper S model, with four-wheel drive available as an option on all of them. And, for the first time, Mini will also be offering a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model with CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.

Click here for the full story on the Mini Countryman
  • On sale: February 2017
  • Price: From £22,465
2017 Mercedes X-Class
2017 Mercedes X-Class
Mercedes X-Class
So far, Mercedes has only shown us concept versions of its new X-Class pick-up, but it has said the new vehicle will go on sale towards the end of 2017. In terms of its looks, the X-Class clearly echoes the company’s SUVs, while inside, too, the C-Class will be very much a Mercedes, with classy materials and the latest infotainment systems. Underneath, the X owes much to the Nissan Navara; and, while details are still pretty thin on the ground, Mercedes has confirmed the X-Class will be available with permanent four-wheel drive and a six-cylinder diesel engine. The top model will have a load capacity of 1.1 tonnes and a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

Read the full story on the Mercedes X-Class
  • On sale: Late 2017
  • Price: TBC
2017 Peugeot 3008
2017 Peugeot 3008
Peugeot 3008
Given the growing appeal of SUVs, it’s little surprise that Peugeot has reinvented its 3008 as a more jacked-up, beefy-bumpered model than the outgoing model. In fact, despite the looks, the 3008 is only available with two-wheel drive, but it’s a proper tech-fest inside, with huge digital dials, lots of standard equipment and sophisticated materials that make it feel like a properly plush place to sit. Practicality is another plus point, and the 3008 will make a fine family car, with a drive that gives a fine blend of a smooth ride and sharp handling.

See the full story on the Peugeot 3008
  • On sale: Early 2017
  • Price: From £21,795
2017 Peugeot 5008
2017 Peugeot 5008
Peugeot 5008
Like the 3008 (above), Peugeot’s 5008 (previously an MPV) has been reinvented as an SUV. That means it inherits some of the styling features that set Peugeot’s SUVs apart: the ‘claw effect’ LED rear lights, for example, along with the wide front grille and gloss black strip at the back. However, the car will retain its seven-seater practicality, with a second row made up of three seats, each of which can fold, slide and recline independently, while the two rearmost seats are removable. Peugeot has confirmed buyers will have a choice of four trim levels, but the company is yet to give details of the engine range, beyond promising that some models will have CO2 emissions as low as 108g/km.

Read the full story on the Peugeot 5008
  • On sale: Spring 2017
  • Price: From £24,000 (est.)
2017 Skoda Kodiaq
2017 Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda Kodiaq
The Kodiaq represents a number of firsts for Skoda – its first large SUV and its first seven-seater – but like all the company's products, it should be excellent value. At 4.7 metres long, the Kodiaq is as big as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, but it’s packed with features that will be familiar from other Skodas and other models in the Volkswagen Group. Perhaps more importantly, Skoda claims the cabin is more spacious than many of its rivals, with a class-leading boot capacity. In all, three trim levels and five engines – two diesel, three petrol, all with stop-start systems – will be available, although the full specifications are yet to be revealed.

Read the full story on the Skoda Kodiaq
  • On sale: Early 2017
  • Price: From £25,000 (est.)
Performance cars
2017 Honda Civic Type R
2017 Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R
We already know there’s a new Civic coming, and the good news for hot-hatch fans is that a new Type R is following hot on its heels. Strictly speaking, the car in our pictures (unveiled at the Paris Show in September) is only a prototype, but it hints at a production version that looks even more wildly aggressive than the model it replaces. We expect the finished article to be unveiled at the Geneva Show in March 2017. While precious little is known about that car, we expect it to have even more power than the current model, perhaps even as much as the 350bhp Ford Focus RS.

See the full story on the Honda Civic Type R
  • On sale: Late 2017
  • Price: From £30,000 (est.)
Cabriolets
2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet
2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet
Audi A5 Cabriolet
Audi will complete the new A5 line-up with this Cabriolet version, which is based on the Coupe and said to be more spacious than the current car. At first, three engines will be available, but they will soon be joined by two more, with the high-performance S5 at the top of the range. We expect to see the new model in showrooms in the spring, with prices a little higher than the current car.

Read the full story on the Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • On sale: Spring 2017
  • Price: From £37,000 (est.)