10 new cars worth the wait

James Foxall
Written by: James Foxall
Posted on: 25 August 2016

For nearly half a million drivers, September is significant for one reason: the registration change.

Old wheels are swapped for new, as an ever-increasing choice of cars and flexible finance packages tempt people out of their existing metal.

But with so much choice it pays to know which cars are going on sale when, as drivers can use this information to their advantage. They could haggle hard on a replacement new car that is soon to become obsolete, in some cases securing discounts of nearly £10,000. Alternatively, they can hold off from buying a car until the latest model reaches the showrooms, complete with up-to-the-minute technology.

So if researching a replacement car for the September 2016 registration change is on your to-do list, here are 10 new cars you may wish to wait for…

1. Audi A5

Audi A5

Audi A5

On sale: Now; deliveries from November
Price: from £33,000 (est)

Audi says the new A5 ‘epitomises elegance’, which is corporate speak for ‘it’s a bit of a head-turner.’ The second generation of the luxury coupe will arrive with British drivers in November. Beyond its style, a highlight is the amount of technology that powers the A5 closer to being a self-driving car.

2. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

On sale: Spring 2017
Price: from £10,500 (est)

As Britain’s best-selling car, tens of thousands of drivers will be toying with the idea of changing into a new Fiesta this September. For them, a word of caution, especially if you’re buying the car with your own money: an all-new Fiesta will go on sale next spring, bringing with it noticeable improvements in all areas.

Highlights are said to include a better quality interior with a larger touchscreen, and the latest version of Ford’s SYNC software for music, navigation and smartphone integration.

3. Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

On sale: 2017
Price: n/a

The current Land Rover Discovery is nearly as old as the hills it is often spotted driving across. A replacement is on its way, but not until next year. That means there are substantial discounts to be secured, with nearly £4,000 said to be easily achieved through some sales outlets. Alternatively, you could wait for the new model, which will look more streamlined and be significantly lighter and more fuel-efficient.

4. Mercedes E-Class estate

Mercedes E-Class estate

Mercedes E-Class estate

On sale: Now; deliveries from October
Price: from £37,000 (est)

Is bigger better? That’s the question drivers of large estate cars have been asking themselves since the new Mercedes E-Class estate went on sale. The car is actually smaller than the model it replaces, losing 130-litres of luggage space because of its streamlined styling. But if you like the look of the latest load lugger, and want one of the most advanced cars on the road, losing that little bit of carrying capacity probably won’t matter one bit.

5. Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

On sale: October; deliveries from January
Price: from £22,000 (est)

With the new, second-generation version of the 3008, Peugeot is effectively holding up its hands and admitting it got it wrong with the last model. Before, it was a ‘people carrier’ that was as ugly as it was unpopular. Now Peugeot is gunning directly for the Nissan Qashqai, the huge selling SUV that all car makers wish had been their idea. So the new 3008 looks like a proper SUV, even if it won’t have four-wheel drive.

6. Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

On sale: Now, deliveries late 2016
Price: from £65,000 (est)

If you’re searching for a luxury saloon, perhaps Porsche’s new Panamera could make you pause for thought. The second-generation version is more attractive (not difficult, admittedly) than the original. It’s also faster, more fuel efficient and cleaner. And for the first time, the range is likely to include a ‘shooting brake’ estate model.

7. Renault Mégane

Renault Mégane

Renault Mégane

On sale: Now
Price: from £16,600

The Mégane is long overdue a replacement, and finally, here it comes. It takes a big step forwards in terms of in-car tech and under-bonnet gizmos. But then which car doesn’t these days? Its job is to make more drivers of the VW Golf and Ford Focus give it serious consideration, and judging by the handsome styling alone, the French hatchback is off to a flying start.

8. Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq

On sale: October; deliveries from next year
Price: from £22,000 (est)

If Skoda is the manufacturer of happy drivers, then there should be more of them from next year, when the Kodiaq seven-seat SUV becomes a common sight on British roads. Priced to undercut the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and VW Tiguan, it will be revealed in October at the Paris Motor Show. Both five and seven-seat versions will be available and a plug-in hybrid is likely to join the range over time.

9. Volvo V90

Volvo V90

Volvo V90

On sale: Now; deliveries from October
Price: from £34,555

Think Volvo estate and most of us picture a large box on wheels that’s big enough to carry an enormous antique dresser. The new V90 estate changes that. It’s positively good looking, and boasts an interior so beautifully styled you won’t want to let mucky children loose in it. It may not be the largest estate, but it’s definitely one of the most distinctive.

10. Audi Q2

Audi Q2

Audi Q2

On sale: Now; deliveries from November
Price: from £20,030

Audi’s range of Q model SUVs has grown with the addition of the Q2. This will be the baby of the range, resembling a mini-me version of the latest Q7 model. An alternative to the Mini Countryman, it’s a compact five-seater that has a posh interior, drives well and is relatively affordable to buy and run.

directline logo
Do you have any  insurance policies  with Direct Line?
Close ×
directline logo
Do you have any  insurance policies  with Direct Line?

Things you need to know about Over 50s life insurance:
Premiums stop after your 90th birthday but you still enjoy cover for the rest of your life. In the first year, if you die from natural causes we will refund any premiums, or if you die as a result of an accident, we will pay your cash sum. After the first year regardless of the cause of death we will pay your cash sum. Depending on how long you live, the total sum paid in premiums may be more than the cash sum payable on death. If you stop paying your premiums before the end of your policy your cover will stop 30 days after your missed premium and you won’t get anything back. This isn’t a savings or investment product and has no cash value unless a valid claim is made. Inflation will reduce the buying power of your cash sum in the future.

Close ×