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What were the best new cars released in 2019?


Some of the best-known cars on the road got a revamp in 2019, including some big updates like the brand-new Volkswagen Golf and relaunched Land Rover Defender. They were joined by new 2019 versions of the Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Juke, Renault Clio and the BMW 1 Series.

We also got 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. 2019 was also the year mainstream introduction of electric and hybrid cars really began.

2019 New Cars

So what were the best new cars released in 2019? Our experts diligently reviewed 2019’s best new cars as they were 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, according to us.

Best SUVs 2019
Best electric and hybrid cars 2019
Best sports cars 2019
Best luxury cars 2019
Best family cars 2019


Best SUVs of 2019

Land Rover Discovery Sport – 5/5
We said: This seven-seater combines Land Rover’s enviable image with a luxury interior to make a standout SUV. There’s a good balance of ride and handling, and plenty of solid security details and gear. It’s comfortable and packed out with great tech and features.

Full review here.

Get the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Orange Land Rover Discovery Sport parked on a track
Volvo XC90 – 4.5/5
We said: The Volvo XC90 is stylish, beautifully built and has room for seven. Affordable to run, the XC90 packs clever technology into a comfortable and luxurious cabin and offers a fantastic ride for all passengers. All in all, it’s a great all-rounder.

Full review here.

Find a new Volvo XC90 on Auto Trader.
Grey Volvo XC90 driving through the Peak District
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.
Green Volkswagen T-Cross parked near the sea
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.

Buy a new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
Red Land Rover Range Rover Evoque driving through a canyon
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.
Black Mercedes-Benz GLC driving through a woodland
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.

Buy a new Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV.
Silver Mercedes-Benz EQC parked in front of a modern building
Renault Captur – 4/5
We said: With a comfortable and impressive cabin, practical space and easy ride, Renault Captur has earned its place as one of the most popular small SUVs on the market.

Full review here.

Find Renault Captur for sale on Auto Trader.
Orange Renault Captur parked near the coast
Nissan Juke – 4/5
We said: the second-generation Nissan Juke improves on the original in several areas. Roomier, nicer interiors, lower engine emissions; all of which are levelled-up with a certain amount of style. The new Juke is worthy of your attention if you’re after a vehicle of this type.

Full review here.

Find a Nissan Juke on Auto Trader.
Red Nissan Juke parked near modern buildingd

Best electric and hybrid cars of 2019

Having spent the last few years perfecting the technology, many of the biggest names in the industry started to move into the electric and hybrid space. Volvo announced that, as of 2019, they will only be making electrified cars.

An all-electric Mini joined new electric cars like the Porsche Taycan and the Mercedes EQC. We also got battery-powered cars from Audi and Honda, and a hybrid version of the Ford Mustang.

This trend is set to continue well beyond 2020, so now’s a great time to brush up on your electric and hybrid cars knowledge.
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.
Blue Tesla Model 3 saloon driving through rain
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.
Blue Kia Soul EV parked on a drive
Kia e-Niro – 4/5
We said: Kia’s electric SUV impressed us with a range of 282 miles (453.84 km) 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.
Kia e-Niro parked in front of a cityscape
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.

Find a new Toyota Corolla.
Silver Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate
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.
Silver Volkswagen Passat GTE estate driving over a river bridge
Renault Zoe Hatchback – 4/5
We said: Renault Zoe is one of the best, and most affordable, electric cars on the market. Impressively practical for its size, the Renault Zoe offers comfortable, quiet and classy interiors large enough for a small family. It’s also good fun to drive.

Full review here.

Find your Renault Zoe on Auto Trader.
Blue Renault Zoe Hatchback parked near a charging point

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.
Black Porsche 911 coupe parked in the desert
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.
Green Porsche 911 Cabriolet convertible driving in a sunset
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.
Blue Audi R8 coupe driving round a bend
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.
Orange Audi TT coupe driving through fields
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.
Black Audi TT convertible driving through the countryside
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.
Hyundai i30 Fastback N parked near the coast at sunset
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.
Red Toyota Supra coupe parked in a mountain range
McLaren GT Coupe – 4/5
We said: With their latest British-built supercar, McLaren have dialled up the performance on their lightweight, fun sports cars — bringing them into the modern era. A beautiful car inside and out, it’s just a question of whether you’ve got the budget.

Full review here.

Browse the latest McLarens on Auto Trader.
Black McLaren GT Coupe parked near a waterfront

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.

Buy used and new Bentley Continentals.
Bentley Continental GT convertible's red interiors
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe – 4.5/5
We said: the four-door, four-seat derivative of the 8 Series Coupe takes the style, sportiness and performance of the original and adds an extra dose of practicality. A perfect blend of amazing looks and great technology.

Full review here.

Buy a new BMW 8 Series here.
Grey BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe grille
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.
BMW 8 Series convertible parked in front of a blue sky
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.
Red Mercedes-Benz CLA Class coupe driving over gravel
Jaguar XE Saloon – 4/5
We said: Impressive handling, strong engines and a much-improved interior make the new Jaguar XE saloon an exciting rival in the executive saloon market. If you’re a fan of an engaging drive, start here.

Full review here.

Find Jaguar XE for sale here.
Blue Jaguar XE Saloon parked in front of yellow flowers
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.
Black BMW 7 Series saloon parked on a rocky coastline

Best family cars of 2019

BMW 3 Series Touring – 4.5/5
We said: BMW 3 Series Touring is a stylish and surprisingly sporty estate car that ticks all the boxes for both driver appeal and practicality. A worthy alternative to the default SUV or crossover for those with the budget.

Full review here.

Explore the BMW 3 series range.
Blue BMW 3 Series Touring parked in front of a modern home
Skoda Superb Hatchback – 4.5/5
We said: Skoda Superb makes a sensational family car thanks to the huge amount of space (both for passengers and in the boot). It’s well-equipped, made with good-quality materials, and affordable to buy and run. The Skoda Superb should definitely be on your shortlist.

Full review here.

Discover Skoda Superb on Auto Trader.
Close up of the Skoda Superb Hatchback's logo
Mini Clubman Hatchback – 4/5
We said: the Clubman is Mini’s take on a prestige family hatchback — offering familial practicality on top of the style, quality and enjoyable driving experience expected of a Mini. There’s plenty of modifications for the Mini’s looks, all of which carry Mini’s retro appeal and modern sensibility.

Full review here.

New Mini Clubman available on Auto Trader.
Orange Mini Clubman Hatchback parked on a street
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.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV in a desert, surrounded by cacti
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.
Blue Skoda Scala hatchback driving down a lane

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:
A red Peugeot 3008, our New Car of the Year award winner

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.
Learn more.

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 became 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
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