Are you planning to buy a new car? If so, you're going to be spoilt for choice in 2019 because it promises to be a vintage year for important launches.
We've selected a dozen of the most significant new cars at the more affordable end of the market – ranging from superminis to hatchbacks and hybrids to 100% electric models.
In fact, there are so many new cars expected, we've barely got space to mention the eighth-generation VW Golf, Vauxhall Corsa (Mk 6), Renault Clio (Mk 5), BMW 1 Series (Mk 3) and many more.
Anyway, here are a dozen of the best for 2019, in no particular order.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen is hoping to repeat the success of the C3 Aircross compact SUV with the bigger C5 version. A new 8.0-inch HD touchscreen comes as standard along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver, while it's also expected to be roomy with a comfy ride and it will be loaded with safety features.
A rival to the Nissan Qashqai, the C5 Aircross will be priced from £23,225. Its official UK ‘on sale’ date is February 4, but order books are open now.
BMW 3 Series
New cars don't get much more important than the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series. Larger, lighter and safer than its predecessor, it's sure to set a new benchmark for handling in its class.
An 8.8-inch infotainment screen and digital display will be standard and there's more space inside, while the initial petrol and diesel engine choice will be boosted with a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid further down the line.
The all-new third-generation Mazda3 is going to be one of the design highlights of 2019. Up against the latest Ford Focus and Kia Ceed, it will feature a new petrol engine, which Mazda claims offers the fuel efficiency of a diesel.
We expect it to be slightly longer, wider and lower than the current Mazda 3, which is good news for rear seat passengers, and if it's anything like the rest of the Mazda range, there will be an emphasis on driving dynamics, refinement and comfort. If you prefer a saloon to a hatchback, a four-door version will also be available.
You're looking at a design sketch of MINI's first fully-electric production model, which is set to make its debut in 2019 – exactly 60 years after the launch of the classic Mini. MINI claims it "will ensure that electro-mobility is delivered in a way unique to the MINI brand with driving fun, style and individualisation at its core".
The 100% electric version of the MINI three-door hatchback will be built at the brand's Cowley plant near Oxford and it's expected to have a range approaching 200 miles.
Already available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, 2019 will see the launch of the highly anticipated 100% electric version of Kia’s compact crossover, the e-Niro.
Competitively priced from £32,995 (including the Government Plug-in Grant), it's officially on sale in the UK from April 1 and it's a genuine game-changer. Apart from being good to drive, spacious, well-equipped and packed with safety features, it has an impressive driving range of 282 miles. Add Kia's generous seven-year warranty and reputation for dependability, and the new Kia e-Niro is a genuinely eco-friendly daily driver with the look and feel of an SUV.
Tesla Model 3
Already on sale in America, the right-hand drive version of Tesla's most affordable electric car yet is due to go on sale in the UK during 2019.
Depending on the spec selected, the Tesla Model 3 is around the size of a BMW 3 Series and it will have a range of up to 338 miles. Inside, the cockpit is dominated by a huge 15-inch landscape touchscreen (not in portrait orientation like the bigger Model S and Model X).
No word yet on price, but we'd expect the range to start at around £40,000. Oh, and it will be quick.
The T-Cross, which will be the smallest SUV in the VW range, slotting in below the T-Roc and Tiguan. Expect it to be practical, funky, safe, well-equipped and competitively priced.
It will compete with other urban crossovers including the Kia Stonic, Seat Arona, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The T-Cross shares all its engines with the VW Polo, on which it’s based, so that's a choice between four efficient turbocharged units (three petrol and one diesel).
Spanish brand Seat adds a big brother to its successful Arona and Ateca SUVs with the Tarraco seven-seater. Based on the same platform as the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, it's sharper looking and sportier.
There will be two petrol engines (1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre), plus a 2.0-litre diesel, while all-wheel drive will also be available, though we can expect a plug-in hybrid at some stage in the future.
The all-new Skoda Scala will square up against the Ford Focus, Kia Ceed and Vauxhall Astra hatchbacks.
The Czech brand claims it will have "an abundance of space and the biggest boot in this class". The futuristic Scala's interior will be available with a large digital driver's display and a 9.2-inch centre touchscreen.
Longer, lower and wider, the new second-generation Audi A1 looks sportier and more sophisticated than its accomplished predecessor.
Closely related to its VW Group cousins, the excellent Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, it’ll be a class act with a good range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, while inside an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a driver's digital instrument display will be standard.
The distinctive new fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 is a biggie for the Japanese car giant because it's long been one of the world's most popular SUVs and it's up against tough rivals including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail.
It will be available with two petrol engines (no diesel) – a 2.0-litre and a 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid – and the option of all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive. The well-equipped and more spacious new RAV4 will also feature the latest safety features.
A legend in its own lifetime, the Suzuki Jimny has been a favourite with owners since its birth in 1970 and nearly three million of the dinky SUVs have found homes globally.
The new car carries on the heritage of the small, lightweight off-roader, but brings it bang up to date. It may still have a boxy profile, but the 2019 Jimny has a fresh face with revised front grille and round headlights, while the updated cab is available with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Powered by a punchy 101bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, it’s fun to drive and a real mountain goat of a car off-road.
Honda Urban EV
No look ahead to new cars due to be launched in 2019 could be without this sensational new Honda. In fact, if this new electric city car looks anything like the concept (pictured), then it could be one of the highlights of the year.
A little shorter than a Renault Zoe, this cute, retro-styled EV will have five seats and a futuristic-looking infotainment system, while its range is expected to be around 150 miles.