There’s a whole raft of interesting cars going on sale later this year, so before you sign on the dotted line at your local dealer, take a quick read of our round-up of the models you need to know about.
City cars and superminis
Ford Fiesta (September 2017)
Even now, at the end of its life, the current Fiesta is the benchmark for driving fun in the supermini class. But newer rivals, such as the Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20 offer greater practicality and more sophisticated infotainment systems, so it’s these areas that Ford has concentrated on improving for the new Fiesta. Power will come from a range of small and frugal petrol, including an updated version of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol that we currently recommend. The new Fiesta is priced from £12,495.
Ford Fiesta Active (winter 2017)
Alongside the new regular Fiesta will be this new Active model, with 4×4-like body cladding and a raised ride height, adding an SUV impression to the Fiesta’s traditional hatchback practicality. Inside, there will be a big new infotainment touchscreen, as with the regular Fiesta, while updates to the suspension promise a more comfortable ride. An entry-level price of around £17,000 is expected for the Fiesta Active.
Vauxhall Corsa (2018)
The sixth-generation small hatchback will offer more interior space and gain technology from the latest version of the larger Astra. The next Corsa will not increase significantly in size, but it will have an updated exterior design and a lightly refreshed interior, which will include a larger-sized infotainment touchscreen. Both three and five-door models are expected to be offered.
Volkswagen Polo (January 2018)
The sixth-generation Polo has a new platform, updated engines, revised suspension and a raft of technical enhancements. It is larger but lighter than its eight-year-old predecessor, and has similar styling to the new version of its larger sibling, the Golf. The new Polo has an all-new, more customisable interior. As with the Golf, a digital instrument display will be an option. Engines will include a 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre turbocharge petrols, and two 2.0-litre diesels. Prices aren’t expected to significantly increase over today’s Polo