Best new cars of 2019

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Last updated: 27th June 2019
Looking for the most anticipated new cars for 2019?
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Some of the best-known cars on the road are due for a revamp in 2019, including some big updates like the brand-new Volkswagen Golf and relaunched Land Rover Defender. They’ll be joined by new 2019 versions of the Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Juke, Renault Clio and the BMW 1 Series.

We’ll also be getting new SUVs in 2019, with the new BMW X7 being joined by the Mercedes GLA and GLB, and larger version of Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV.

Visit our news page for exclusive previews of cars coming soon in 2019 and beyond.

It’s an exciting line up, but by far the biggest change to the UK’s roads in 2019 will be the continued mainstream introduction of electric and hybrid cars.
Electric cars in 2019
Having spent the last few years perfecting the technology, many of the biggest names in the industry are ready to move into the electric and hybrid space. Volvo have already announced that, as of 2019, they will only be making electrified cars.

An all-electric Mini has been announced, joining new electric cars like the Porsche Taycan and the Mercedes EQC. We’ll also be getting battery-powered cars from Audi and Honda, and a hybrid version of the Ford Mustang, so now’s a great time to brush up on your electric and hybrid cars knowledge.
2019 New Cars
Which is the best new car released so far in 2019? Our experts have been diligently reviewing 2019’s best new cars as they’re released, making it easier than ever for you to find the right ’19 or ‘69 plate for you.

So without any further ado, here’s some of 2019’s best cars to date:

Best SUVs of 2019
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque – 4/5
We said: The new Range Rover Evoque offers a comfortable ride and assured handling, even when off-road. The second generation Evoque offers stunning looks and some state-of-the-art features, making it a small SUV worth checking out.

Full review here

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Mercedes-Benz GLC – 4/5
We said: The Mercedes-Benz GLC offers a polished drive, handsome looks and a spacious interior. This prestige mid-sized SUV also comes with a generous amount of luxury and safety kit, complete with an HD video screen on the dashboard.

Full review here

Buy a new Mercedes-Benz GLC
Mercedes-Benz EQC – 4/5
We said: The EQC fares well against premium electric rivals like Audi and Tesla, offering a quiet and comfortable drive. The electric powertrain offers great performance, with remarkable acceleration coming from two electric motors.

Full review here

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Volkswagen T-Cross – 4/5
We said: Volkswagen’s smallest SUV model still offers plenty of space, with a high driving position and a quiet and comfortable drive. The T-Cross comes with plenty of in-car tech and safety equipment and lots of customisation options to suit the individual.

Full review here

Buy a new Volkswagen T-Cross
Best electric and hybrid cars of 2019
Tesla Model 3 saloon – 4.5/5
We said: Not only is the Tesla Model 3 affordable, it’s also a step up from the Model S and Model X in terms of technology. Tesla Model 3 is fabulous to drive, offering a long range and plenty of practical features.

Full review here

Buy a new Tesla Model 3
Kia Soul EV hatchback – 4/5
We said: The Kia Soul EV offers a zippy drive, with a decent 280-mile range per charge. With quirky looks and an improved performance on its predecessor, we expect there to be a waiting list for this electric car when it’s released at the end of 2019.

Full review here

Buy a new Kia Soul EV
Kia e-Niro – 4/5
We said: Kia’s electric SUV impressed us with a range of 282 miles and a decent amount of kit. A solid infotainment system, roomy interior and reasonable price combine for a tempting overall package.

Full review here

Buy a new Kia e-Niro
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate – 4/5
We said: The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate blends good looks with practicality, all while offering a choice of two different hybrid systems. With electronic safety features and Toyota’s generous warranty, this could be a safe bet.

Full review here

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Volkswagen Passat GTE estate – 4/5
We said: The Volkswagen Passat is one of the better mid-size estates on the market, and the GTE plug-in hybrid is a great all-rounder with a wide range of features. The styling is subtle, but it’s got a spacious interior and boot.

Full review here

Discover the Volkswagen Passat range
Best sports cars of 2019
Porsche 911 coupe – 5/5
We said: One of the world’s most iconic sports cars returns; offering superb handling and beautiful engineering. The eight generation of the Porsche 911 offers an involving experience to driving enthusiasts, though you may find yourself going faster than you thought.

Full review here

Explore the Porsche 911 range
Porsche 911 Cabriolet convertible – 5/5
We said: The Porsche 911 Cabriolet is one of the best high-end performance convertibles on the market. It’s versatile, with a powerful engine, brilliant handling and a stirring driving experience. We also love the cabin quality.

Full review here

Buy a new Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Audi R8 coupe – 4.5/5
We said: The updated Audi R8 offers a mind-bending experience when unleashed, and it’s perfectly fine as an everyday cruiser too. If you’ve got cash to splash, the R8 is a supercar that offers something exciting.

Full review here

Buy a new Audi R8 coupe
Audi TT coupe – 4.5/5
We said: The latest Audi TT coupe mixes eye-catching looks with punchy engines for a solid driving experience. More practical than some of its rivals, the new TT offers everyday usability with stunning interiors and exteriors.

Full review here

Find a new Audi TT coupe
Audi TT convertible – 4.5/5
We said: The latest Audi TT convertible is great quality, engaging sports car. Similar to the new Audi TT coupe, 2019’s TT convertible is slick and smooth to drive. Across the versions, you’ll secure decent performance for the price you pay.

Full review here

Find an Audi TT
Hyundai i30 Fastback N – 4.1/5
We said: The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is a fun drive that comes with plenty of kit as standard. It offers a slightly bigger boot than the regular i30 N hatch, with the same engine and power. Competitively priced, the Fastback is well worth a look.

Full review here

Explore the Hyundai i30 range
Toyota Supra coupe – 4/5
We said: The new Toyota Supra mixes extravagant looks with everyday usability. Boasting a straight six-cylinder engine, the Supra is an engaging, agile machine and comes well-equipped with a range of tech.

Full review here

Buy a new Toyota Supra coupe
Best family cars of 2019
BMW 7 Series saloon – 4/5
We said: The latest BMW 7 Series offers a comfortable and agile drive. There’s a wide range of engine options, plus two body lengths and plenty of tech. A luxurious and prestigious car, the 7 Series is well worth a look.

Full review here

Meet the BMW 7 Series
Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV – 4/5
We said: The V-Class offers luxurious, executive-level transport for up to eight people. It’s roomy, versatile and well-made, and even comes in luxury camper form too. Expect to see a full-electric version of the V-Class by the end of the year.

Full review here

Buy a new Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Skoda Scala hatchback – 4/5
We said: Great for the family driver that wants a bit of fun or doesn’t have a big driveway, the Skoda Scala gives you a lot of car for an affordable price. It’s spacious, practical and comes with some decent luxury and safety kit.

Full review here

Buy a new Skoda Scala
Best premium and luxury cars of 2019
Bentley Continental GT convertible – 4.5/5
We said: With lavish interiors and a comfortable drive, the Bentley Continental GT combines power and luxury. The GT Convertible is a beautiful grand tourer with a powerful engine and plenty of optional extra features.

Full review here

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BMW 8 Series convertible – 4/5
We said: A high-end cabriolet with a solid mix of dynamic abilities and a fast-folding roof, the BMW 8 Series convertible is one high-quality car. Packed with the latest tech, the 8 Series is an elegant overall drive.

Full review here

Buy a new BMW 8 Series convertible
Mercedes-Benz CLA Class coupe – 4/5
We said: The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class coupe is a well-made and comfortable cruiser. The CLA Class coupe is beautiful inside and out, and well suited to anyone who wants a small car but doesn’t want to skimp on style and luxury.

Full review here

Find a new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class coupe
New Car Awards 2019 – your winners revealed
Every year, Auto Trader’s New Car Awards ask real car owners about their experiences behind the wheel. This year, we asked 60,000 car owners to rate their car in 16 key areas to help find the winners.
Auto Trader New Car Awards are a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion. Here are 2019’s winners:
New car of the year 2019
Commended for the quality of its features, interior and comfortable drive, the Peugeot 3008 was declared 2019’s new car of the year and was also a close contender for family car of 2019.
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Most loved brand 2019
Tesla have managed to make electric motoring cool and earned themselves the title of this year’s most loved brand in the process.
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Best value brand 2019
Winning for a second year in a row, voters found Dacia offered a lot of a car for not a lot of cash – granting them top spot for best value brand.
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Brand with the best features 2019
When looking at sat-nav, smartphone integration and other features, Jaguar won our voters recommendations for 2019.
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Most reliable brand 2019
When it comes to reliability, Lexus won for the second year in a row thanks to their customer service and day-to-day dependability.
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Most loved car 2019
Britain’s best-selling sports car was declared the most loved car of 2019, with voters calling the Mazda MX-5 a beautiful and fun drive.
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Most recommended car 2019
Solid performance, good fuel economy and great looks helped the Mercedes-Benz E-Class secure the title of most recommended car 2019.
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Best green car 2019
Voted the most environmentally-friendly car, the all-electric Tesla Model S produces zero tailpipe emissions and offer plenty of onboard tech.
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Best value new car 2019
Our experts have said there’s a Dacia Duster to suit every taste and every wallet, and our voters agreed – saying the Duster offered a great car for the cost.
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Best pick-up 2019
Hardy and practical, Toyota Hilux won the title of best pick-up 2019 in our consumer vote thanks to its looks, power and reliability.
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Best car for towing 2019
Kia Sportage was voted the best car for towing in our 2019 awards. It also ranked first for reliability, safety and features.
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Best family car 2019
Our voters named Seat Ateca the best family car for 2019, citing its safety systems, space, features and accessories.
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Best seven-seater 2019
Skoda Kodiaq is fun, stylish and affordable and our voters ranked it first for both looks and how easy its interior space is to use.
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Best car for long distances 2019
High-mileage owners awarded the Volvo XC60 a virtually unheard of 100% for comfort, making it a clear top pick for long distance travel.
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Best car for city driving 2019
Toyota C-HR was named best car for city driving, with owners keeping running costs and environmental impact down thanks to the hybrid engine.
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Most fun car to drive 2019
The versatile MINI Hatch won the title of most fun to drive, offering owners a sporty and exciting drive alongside an impressive onboard entertainment system.
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Best car for dog owners 2019
Dog owners ranked the Mazda CX-5 top for safety, comfort and space – all key factors for ferrying our four-legged friends around.
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Best car for new drivers 2019
Owners of the Volkswagen Golf call it one of the most user-friendly cars money can buy, and didn’t hesitate to recommend it to new drivers.
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Best car launched in the last year
Though its only been on the market a short while, the Honda CR-V has won voters over with a mix of reliability, practicality and comfort.
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Learn more about Auto Trader’s New Car Awards 2019 here.
Car legislation changes in 2019
In case you missed it, the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) lab test for cars now applies to all new car registration (as of September 2018). This means that all the cars featured in this list will have passed WLTP.

In news that may affect you, the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test will be compulsory for all cars on sale from 1 September 2019. You can learn more about these in our free guide to WLTP and RDE.
Car tax in 2019
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) went up again in April 2019. This marks the third consecutive year VED has risen for drivers, and the rates will again rise in line with inflation.

How much did VED rise in 2019?
You can find out how much car tax rose from 1 April 2019 here.

CO2 emissions g/km | Increase
76 to 150 | + £5
151 to 170 | + £15
171 to 190 | + £25
191 to 225 | + £40
226 to 255 | + £55
256 + | + £65
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2019 new cars reviewed