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An image of the new Ford Fiesta ST on display

Cars to Look Forward to in 2018 – Everyday Cars

The DriveDen blog provides advice, news and reviews. This article looks at the best everyday cars that are due to come out in 2018, including the new Ford Fiesta ST.

 

2018 is set to be a great year for new cars, with a whole host of manufacturers launching new versions of existing models, or brand new vehicles to compliment the current range. As there are so many to look forward to, we’ve decided to split the best into three sections; Everyday, Sports & Luxury. This article will cover the best ‘everyday’ cars that are due to come out in 2018.

 

Audi A1
The Audi A1 has been one of the best selling small hatchbacks for years and although the sales figures are still strong, an update is required.  Set to be based on the same MQB platform as the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, the second generation A1 will be longer and allow for more interior space. The looks won’t be revolutionary, as the new car is set to use Audi’s existing design language, but do expect the A1 to be offered with all the latest tech, such as Audi’s market leading virtual cockpit dials. A four-wheel-drive S1 version is sure to follow, perhaps even by the end of 2018.

Ford Fiesta ST
The new Ford Fiesta launched a few months ago and it’s already a popular sight on UK roads…so it should come as no surprise that Ford is going to release a ST model in the new year. The previous Fiesta ST was a hit thanks to a relatively low price and great handling, so it’ll be a continuation of that theme for the new model. Whilst the engine size is actually due to get smaller, from the previous 1.6 four-cylinder down to a 1.5 three-cylinder turbo, the new ST will have more power – 197bhp! Despite the increase in power and aggressive styling, the new Fiesta ST is also due to be greener than the previous model too, as it’ll feature cylinder-deactivation tech, keeping the CO2 emissions down to just 114g/km.

Ford Focus
One of the UK’s most popular cars for the last decade will be due for replacement in 2018 – the Ford Focus. The new car is due for a Spring release and with it will be a larger platform, allowing for more interior space, and a focus on a more engaging drive – something that the earlier Focus models were renowned for. The styling is set to take a lot of cues from the new Fiesta model, including a less cluttered dashboard design, although engine options will very likely be similar to the previous model. The current RS will likely continue as it’s proving to be hugely popular – but the new Focus will spawn a new ‘Active’ model to compete with the Golf Alltrack.

Jaguar E-Pace
Jaguar’s F-Pace has proven to be a huge hit in 2017, becoming the fastest selling vehicle in the firm’s 95-year history. So, it was inevitable that they would want to follow up with a new model asap – the E-Pace. Set to be priced from around £28,500, the E-Pace will sit below the F-Pace in the Jaguar range and does bear a striking resemblance to it’s larger sibling – although it’s actually set to be Jaguar’s first front-wheel-drive model since the Mondeo-based X-Type went out of production in 2009. The E-Pace has been nicknamed the ‘Cub’ by Jaguar designers, with a reference to this as a small graphic at the bottom of the windscreen, which has a jaguar being followed by it’s cub.

Kia Cee’D
It may not be seen as the most exciting option on this list but the new Kia Cee’D will undoubtedly be a common sight on UK roads. The design is said to be based on the Proceed concept car shown at the most recent Frankfurt Motor Show, although whether the Pro Cee’D model will continue or not is currently not clear – it’s more likely that it will transform into a shooting brake or estate model due to the slow sales of the previous version. The standard hatchback will form the basis of the Kia brand going forwards though and it’s expected to aim to be a viable alternative to the more established Ford Focus.

Mercedez Benz A-Class
The current ‘W176’ A-Class has been a huge success, so it’s no surprise that Mercedes is going for an evolution with the new model, due out in mid-to-late 2018. The new hatchback will include the sleeker front end style that has become the norm for Mercedes models recently, but as with many vehicles on this list already the overall package will be larger, allowing for more interior space and a larger boot area. The engine lineup is going to see the biggest changes, with the outdated 2.1-litre diesel being replaced by the smoother 2.0-litre option currently seen in the E-Class – but fear not AMG fans, as there will also be a hot hatch A45 version with even more power than the predecessor had…likely to be upwards of 400bhp!

Nissan Juke
Although the outgoing Nissan Juke has been a great success and more or less ushered in the small crossover/SUV market we have today…it is now showing it’s age when compared with it’s closest rivals. So, 2018 will see the introduction of an all-new Juke and it’s likely to be very similar to the non-UK Nissan Kicks model pictured below. The biggest challenge for Nissan will be increasing the amount of boot and rear passenger space, but without putting the Juke within range of their own all-conquering Qashqai. Expect a hybrid version to follow on soon after launch too.

Subaru Impreza
After the sudden and sad withdrawal of the WRX STi model, Subaru needs a boost in the UK and they will be hoping a brand new Impreza will go some way to filling the rather large void they’ve created for themselves. The new Impreza will be a hatchback shape and have the old-school flat four boxer engines of models-past, with 1.6 and 2.0-litre options likely.  Subaru is also hoping to make the Impreza stand out in the crowded hatchback market by offering all models with all-wheel-drive and a whole host of tech, such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Volvo XC40
We have already written a blog about the new XC40 and the rather unique subscription service for Volvo owners – but the launch of the baby XC model is getting ever closer and it could be a huge hit when it finally reaches these shores. The XC40 takes design cues from the 60 and 90 models but is arguably the best looking of them all – and with Volvo’s usual range of tech and safety features, it’s going to be one of the most equipped cars on the road. Volvo will be offering the XC40 with a range of petrol and diesel options and a plug-in-hybrid is sure to follow on swiftly after the launch, due to be in Spring 2018.

 

There are so many more ‘everyday’ cars that are due for release in 2018, so it was impossible to cover them all…but what we can definitely say is that 2018 is set to be a fantastic year for new cars. Styling and tech is improving year-on-year, so not only are cars getting better looking but they’re all safer and greener too!

Coming soon will be two more articles, covering Sports and Luxury cars that will be released in 2018.

 

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