New family cars arriving in 2014

New Nissan X-Trail
Thinking about buying a brand new car? Don't place your order until you've checked what's coming out in 2014.
Remember, too, that new versions of existing cars tend to push down the price of outgoing models as dealers are keen to shift the last of their old stock. This means there'll be bargains to be had just before the new-generation cars go on sale.

Small family hatchbacks

Audi A3 E-tron (summer 2014)
Hybrid model of What Car?'s 2013 Car of the Year blends hot-hatch pace with CO2 emissions of just 35g/km
Kia Soul (early 2014)
Promises improvements to the car's refinement and driving dynamics
Mazda 3
Mazda 3 (January 2014) 
Will be lighter than today's 3, thanks to Mazda's Skyactiv technology which also brings lower emissions
Nissan Qashqai (January 2014)
More space, greater refinement and practicality, and more safety kit 
Peugeot 308 (January 2014)
Lighter than the current car so it's likely to be more efficient; gets a much classier cabin, too
Renault Megane (early 2014)
Face-lifted range gets latest Renault-brand look and a new petrol engine
Skoda Rapid Spaceback (January 2014)
Shorter version of the Rapid but with more boot space than a VW Golf
Vauxhall Corsa (autumn 2014)
Revamp of the current car will introduce new engines
Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen e-Golf (summer 2014)
Golf gets a 113bhp electric motor with an 118m-mile zero-emission range

Estate cars

Honda Civic Tourer (early 2014)
Swish-looking estate gets a bigger boot than rivals from Ford, Skoda and Volkswagen
Peugeot 308 SW (autumn 2014)
308 estate will get the same three-cylinder engines that are due in the hatchback version next year
Seat Leon ST (January 2014)
New model will be beat Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus estates on boot space


New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso (January 2014)
Seven-seat MPV is more practical and efficient than outgoing model


Audi RS Q3 (January 2014)
Rival to the Range Rover Evoque gets 306bhp engine and four-wheel drive
Ford Ecosport
Ford Ecosport (spring 2014)
Fiesta-based SUV will get a 1.0-litre petrol engine
Jeep Cherokee (early 2014)
Freelander rival will borrow Fiat diesel engine to boost UK sales
Porsche Macan (spring 2014)
Cayenne's baby brother will share underpinnings with the Audi Q5
Skoda Yeti (January 2014)
Family favourite gets a face-lift, more standard equipment, and a choice of styling
Ssanyong Korando (early 2014)
Bigger than the current model, but likely to get the same engine line-up and two- or four-wheel drive
BMW X4 (spring 2014)
Expect smaller version of X6 to cost around £3000 more than equivalent BMW X3s
Nissan X-Trail
More stylish than the current car, and available as a five- or seven-seater with two- or four-wheel drive