If you thought 2017 was a busy year for cars, you’d better strap in tight for 2018. We’ve got everything from upgraded Ford Fiestas to newly refreshed Aston Martins and Lamborghini Aventadors. We’d be fools to try covering everything that’s expected this year, but here’s a quick look at what we can expect during January and February.


  • Alpina D5 S: The 322bhp BMW 5-Series-based diesel will finally be made available.
  • Ford Fiesta Active: Even the mighty Fiesta can’t resist the pull of on-trend crossover and SUV designs – the Active has a raised ride height and rugged body cladding.
  • Hyundai i30N: Hyundai’s first ever hot hatch has been attracting attention – can’t wait for a test drive.
  • Hyundai i30 Fastback: Another i30 variant, the Fastback lives up to its name and even has its own N version.
  • Jaguar E-Pace: Jag’s spectacular compact SUV will be fighting the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
  • Kia Sorento: A long-awaited facelift brings changes inside and out.
  • Kia Picanto X-Line: The feisty Picanto receives rugged body cladding and a little suspension lift.
  • Kia Stinger: Kia’s four-door sports saloon offers a surprisingly powerful 3.3-litre V6.
  • Range Rover: The mighty Range Rover gets extensive facelifts across its entire line-up.
  • Lexus LS: The Japanese Mercedes arrives with a radical new model meant to rival the S-Class.
  • Maserati Ghibli: Been saving your pocket money for a Maserati? The refreshed model comes out soon.
  • Peugeot 5008: A new large SUV, sister to the Vauxhall Grandland


  • Aston Martin Zagato Speedster: A retro-inspired Zagato commands a cool £1million apiece.
  • Audi RS4 Avant: Alive with up to 444 bhp.
  • Audi A7: Comes with updated styling and upgraded tech.
  • BMW i3: Facelifted for 2018, and with an available hot version.
  • DS 7 Crossback: The first premium French SUV will do battle with established German rivals.
  • Ford Fiesta ST: Returns with a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine
  • Jeep Compass: A fresh effort to merge capability with comfort.
  • Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster: Expect 3.0sec dead to 62mph and a top speed of 217mph.
  • Lexus CT: Returns for 2018 with a refreshed body.
  • Lexus NX: Lexus’ best-seller boasts ride improvements and styling tweaks.
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Keeps its head-turning looks while competing with the price of rival models.
  • Subaru Impreza: Four-wheel drive and top safety scores make this a genuine Ford Focus rival.
  • Volkswagen Up GTI: The envy-inducing VW pocket rocket adds power.