What are the new cars to look out for in 2018? And what used car bargains will there be?
2018 will bring some exciting new entrants to the car market and see some of Britain’s most popular cars getting an manufacturer’s update. We’ve done a round up of some of the new and updated models we can anticipate this year and discuss what this will do to used car prices, (and how you can get some serious bargains).
New Small Cars 2018
The Audi A1 undergoes some exciting changes in 2018 with both a new look to the exterior and some luxurious updates on the inside. There will be new engines too, with a re-engineered version of the current 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo as well as a 1.5 option in both petrol and diesel. There may also be a plug-in hybrid version, however this has not yet been confirmed. What is known however is that with the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta both having new versions on the market, the Audi A1 will be pulling out all of the stops to keep its kudos as one of the classiest small cars on the road.
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the most popular cars in the UK, and it's not surprising why with more than 14 million being sold since launch. Good looking and famous for its reliability, 2018 will see Volkswagen update the range, building upon these important foundations. It’s being touted as the most ‘grown-up’ Polo to date, with an increased exterior and interior making it more suitable as a family car than previous generations. However, the Polo still retains its style, so important to younger buyers, which means this latest version of the Polo will be popular with all ages of buyer.
The Suzuki Swift has always been one of those cars that puts a smile on your face. Small yet full of fun…and of course, named with purpose. They're hoping that their all-new version will have the same effect. It should do, with the 1.4 turbocharged engine producing nearly 140 bhp, whilst the car weighs just 970 kg. Whilst it won’t sell the numbers that Ford’s new Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo will, with prices starting at just over £11,000, it does represent excellent value for money.
New SUVs 2018
The Ford EcoSport is an exciting addition to the range and eagerly anticipated - many people are predicting it will be one of the most popular new Ford models for some years. It’s a sporty, compact crossover that will appeal to a wide range of buyers due to both it’s modern, stylish design and its excellent amount of storage space. There are a range of engine options, the most popular expected to be the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine which has been the International Engine of the Year winner six times.
The Volkswagen T-Roc will undoubtedly be a popular choice in 2018. A fantastic looking car, it shares the same mechanical parts of the Golf which will be a big selling point for many. In many ways it’s a way of getting all the fun, performance and reliability of the Golf but with extra space and greater practicality. Some will say that Volkswagen are a little late to the party with the launch of their first car to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, the Toyota C-HR and Audi’s upmarket Q2. However, indications are that it’s been worth the wait. The 187 bhp 4WD engine gives almost GTI-like performance which will make it a popular choice for those people looking for performance and practicality.
For those people who are looking for an SUV with a sporty design, the BMW X2 is undoubtedly going to be on their shortlist. It’s a similar size to the current X1 and BMW claim that the X2 will offer drivers agile cornering and rapid acceleration, which will surely make it a popular choice with many. There are a choice of two engines, the 20i petrol and the 20d diesel, both making about 190bhp.
New Family Cars 2018
The Ford Focus has long been one of Britain's favourite family cars and this year will see it get a complete relaunch. Since its last update in 2014, its rivals have been working hard to entice customers away from the Focus with improvements in interior space and technology. The new 2018 is expected to address these issues as well as cementing its place as the family car of choice.
Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
For those families that require something a little bigger than a Ford Focus, they may find what they are looking for in the shape of the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer. With a raised ride height, body protection and on-demand four-wheel drive, it’s perfect for those families who drive as much in the country as well as in more urban areas and it will be a real rival to the Audi Allroad.
New Sports Cars and Hot Hatches
Ford Fiesta ST
The original Ford Fiesta ST made its debut in 2008, with an updated version in 2013. 2018 will see its latest generation, priced under £20,000 which will make it a very attractive prospect to potential buyers. The new motor will produce 197 bhp and Ford claim that this will see the ST do 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds. It’s thought that the Ford Fiesta ST will have a top speed of around 140 mph. For those people who like their hot hatch to be practical as well as offering great performance, the new ST will be available in both three and five-door versions.
The BMW M5 is one of the all-time favourite BMW models amongst BMW aficionados and 2018 will see it have an update. For the first ever time, it will have four-wheel drive which will be welcomed with a 4.4 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine producing a powerful 592bhp. It will be lighter than its predecessors too, with aluminium body panels and a carbon fiber roof. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the new M5 however is what BMW call their Central Intelligence Unit that integrates all of the hardware subsystems into one place, making it one of the most advanced cars in its class.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
The claims are, the 2018 VW Polo GTI will be the most impressive performance Polo ever made! Whilst many of its rival used downsized engines, the Polo GTI’s motor has continued to grow, from 1.4 in its original inception to this year’s 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo motor that also sits in its Golf GTI big brother. This will be a car packed with performance capability.
Wait! There are used car bargains to be had…
If you’re not in the position to go out and purchase a brand new car in 2018, there’s some good news. The arrival of some of these exciting new and update models will see many people rush to buy them. What does that mean? It means they’ll need to get rid of their old cars, and that can result in a glut of used cars on the market which in turn, because supply outstrips demand, can result in prices being driven down.
Discontinued models can offer great value for money
Some of the best used car bargains to be had are those cars that have been discontinued. Because they’ve been in production for a number of years, any minor niggles that these cars may have had in their early years of production will long have been ironed out in the production process.
If you’re not bothered about having the very latest version of a particular car, then there can be some fantastic bargains to be had with these models. 2017 has seen a number of models discontinued by manufacturers, so as lots of people rush to by the renewed or replacement models of these cars, why not take a look at some of these discontinued models that we’ve chosen. All have been in production for a number of years, have been popular with consumers and offer excellent value for money for used car buyers.
The Audi A3 3 door
On the market since 1996, the A3 3 door has been an immensely popular car (and one that lives on in its five door Sportback version). Renowned for their reliability, this could make a very savvy buy.
BMW 6 Series
The 6 Series will no longer be with us but the used versions of these cars should represent excellent value, with excellent performance and handling and a design that still looks great today. One of the better used cars to look out for if you are wanting one that will have a good resale value down the line.
Citroen C3 Picasso
The C3 Picasso was launched in 2009, these are great MPVs and the model has only been killed off due to the general MPV market being pressured by the growing popularity of SUVs. There could be some real bargains to be had if these suit your needs. The 1.9 HDi version is one particularly to look out for, the engine being renowned for being able to rack up high mileages whilst being ultra-reliable.
This was a serious rival to the Ford Focus and Renault Megane, and has only been discontinued to make room for the new C4 Cactus. It may not be the most exciting car in terms of handling and performance, but that’s not what it’s designed for. As a functional, efficient and reliable small car, it offers excellent value for money when buying second hand.
Like the C3 Picasso, the B-Max has been a very good and very popular car, it only being discontinued thanks to the surge in popularity of SUVs. There should be some excellent bargains to be had with this model, especially for those people looking for a small car that makes excellent use of its interior space.
Skodas are now well-known for their reliability and the Yeti is a good example of this. Discontinued to make way for the new Karoq, it’s a car with a very distinctive style that tends to divide opinion. There’s no denying that it’s a great car though. Quite unlike any other SUV on the market, it’s immensely functional and flexible, making it perfect for families and those that need a car with plenty of storage. For a car of its size, it’s also very economical, something that not all SUVs can claim.
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