Top five cars we’re most looking forward to in 2018
While 2017 was a great year for cars as a whole, it was undoubtedly the year of the supermini with Ford, Seat and Nissan all launching the Fiesta, Ibiza and Micra respectively.
2018 looks like it will be pretty special year too and a bit more varied as manufacturers invest more and more in electric cars and hybrids of all shapes and sizes.
So with that in mind we’ve collected our choices of the most exciting cars coming in 2018 – from snazzy new SUVs, to refreshed old favourites and a couple of big hitters from Germany…
When we reviewed the BMW 5 Series it became quickly apparent why it was winning Car of the Year awards left right and centre in the industry – everything from its drive and comfort to its refinement and functionality impressed us.
So, with the performance version of this car creeping onto roads in 2018 its certainly got our mouth watering. Why? Try the combination of all-wheel drive and a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbo V8 along with typical M Division styling.
With the hallmarks of Volvo backing this launch up – namely unbeatable safety, practicality and technology – on top of unparalleled design, the XC40 looks to make its mark in the small premium SUV market in 2018.
Available at launch with either a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine or a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, Volvo's rival to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 is taller than many other small SUVs and includes a class leading cabin featuring a 9in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument display.
While Jaguar may have better looking cars on their way in 2018, as the first electric car from the manufacturer we definitely think this is the most interesting.
With supercar looks, sports car performance and SUV space all in one electric package, Jaguar I-Pace promises to rip up the rule book when it comes to what drivers expect from an electric vehicle.
With the ability to travel over 300 miles on a single charge, if everything goes to plan the I-Pace will surpass the range of the world’s only other all-electric SUV, the Tesla Model X.
Speaking of electric, the Nissan Leaf aims to continue the momentum of the outgoing model with an updated and expanded offering.
Borrowing looks from the new Nissan Micra, the Leaf's real-life driving range has risen by 81 miles to 235 miles thanks to a new battery pack and aims to offer punchy performance for a more exciting drive.
Has Nissan got the jump on its competitors for a practical and affordable EV for the masses? Time will tell. But this will be a major leap forward.
It seems we’ve been waiting an age for what Mercedes is touting as the world’s first executive pick-up and luckily its arrival on the roads is just around the corner.
As the first pick-up truck from Mercedes-Benz available to lease in the UK, the X-Class is based on the Nissan Navarra and will be capable of towing just over one tonne.
Despite these workhorse pedigree and credentials it is the merging of the classical characteristics of a Mercedes - design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety – that has most people excited.
What new releases are you looking forward to most in 2018?