A new year brings new cars. This year there’s plenty for petrolheads and casual drivers alike to be excited about.
With a record year for new car sales in 2015, 2016 looks to be another successful year for the car industry, which will be helped by some of the amazing models being released in the next 12 months. Here are our favourite new cars for 2016:
Fiat Abarth 500X
The Fiat Abarth 500X is a more powerful version of the crossover 500x. It will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and will have a 200bhp engine. It’s estimated that it’ll do 0-60 in 7 seconds, making it ideal for crossover fans who want a bit of punchy power as well as style.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a rear wheel drive saloon that replaces the 159 and positions itself directly against the Audi A4 and BMW 3 series.
The family saloon and business style car doesn’t lack power. It houses a 503bhp petrol engine that does 0-62mph in 3.9 secs. Aside from performance, the car also boasts plenty of technological features, with a steering setup that Alfa Romeo claim is the most direct available.
Ford Focus RS
The third generation RS is a fast car driver’s dream hot hatch. With all wheel drive and 316bhp, it’ll be a popular choice. Ford itself revealed there had been 1,500 orders from UK buyers for the new RS. The 4X4 traction will come in handy in wet and wintry weather, so it may be one to buy before next year’s winter sets in.
Hyundai i20 Active
For fans of superminis with style, the Hyundai i20 delivers. 2016 sees a beefed- up SUV version of the i20. It has the same platform and wheelbase as the regular model but comes with three engine offerings, a 99bhp 1.4 litre petrol engine, a 1 litre engine in both 99 and 118bhp and a 89 bhp 1.4 diesel.
One of the world’s most successful luxury brands, Mercedes is releasing a new E-class in spring. This model has a longer bonnet and larger wheels and will come in saloon and estate variants.
Unsurprisingly, the car doesn’t skimp on luxury. The interior comes in varying levels of extravagance. Packed with a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine that outputs 600bhp, it’ll be nippy too.
Of course, with the new registration in March there’ll be plenty of familiar faces coming out brand new. If you’ve got your eye on any of the models above or fancy a change of vehicle, have a look through our new car section and pick out your new dream drive.