- Read our reviews on some of the most anticipated family cars that will be on sale in 2015
- Get a first look at the new Volkswagen Golf GTE and the all new Fiat 500X that comes in two styles to choose from
- The new Jeep Renegade - the first Jeep to be made entirely in Italy and come with some Italian flair
In everyday life, cars play a huge role in how we get around. Everyone has different needs when it comes to what type of car you buy, whether you need a small city run-around or something bigger to accommodate your growing family.
We spoke to some of the top car manufacturers in the country to find out what their most anticipated car of 2015 will be. Don’t forget to check out our car insurance before you take your new car out on the road!
Volkswagen Golf GTE
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular cars in the world but this version comes with a twist. The Golf GTE is driven by two power units: a 1.4-litre 152.1 BHP TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 103.4 BHP electric motor. Together, they produce a maximum power of 206.8 BHP and a theoretical range of 580 miles – that’s the equivalent of driving from London to Wolfsburg with 24 miles to spare. Only a second slower than the seventh generation Golf GTI over the benchmark sprint, it has a top speed of 138 mph, yet returns a combined cycle figure of 166 mpg and CO2 emissions of 39 g/km.
The all-new Jeep Renegade is the first model in the brand's history to be built in Italy and the first vehicle from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles jointly developed by Italian and American designers. Comprising four trim levels – Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk – Jeep Renegade is equipped with efficient turbo-diesel and petrol engines and available in four- and two-wheel drive. Packed with a strong style and personality, and the right size for both city and countryside, new Renegade has best-in-class interior roominess, excellent on-road driving dynamics and supreme off-road capabilities. It has also just been awarded a Euro NCAP five-star safety rating.
The car's advanced 4x4 systems incorporate a category-exclusive rear axle disconnect that switches seamlessly between two- and four-wheel-drive for reduced energy loss when 4x4 capability isn't needed, improving fuel efficiency in the process. And the first-in-segment nine-speed automatic transmission ensures benchmark performance both on- and off-road.
Arriving in spring 2015, the VIVA will be the latest addition to Vauxhall’s small car range.
With a name that pays homage to Vauxhall’s original Viva made from 1963 to 1979, the all-new VIVA shares the original’s philosophy of clean lines, durability and practicality. It is designed for modern, everyday life and at 3.68 metres long is practical and spacious providing more than enough room for up to five people.
VIVA is the latest Vauxhall to feature its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder ECOTEC engine. Specially-developed for VIVA, this 75BHP powertrain is smooth, punchy and efficient, and is mated to a slick five-speed transmission.
VIVA is fully-connected thanks to the IntelliLink infotainment system, which allows seamless integration of Apple iOS and Android devices.
In 2015, Toyota launches Mirai, a four seater sedan that is fuelled by hydrogen. The makers of the globally successful Prius have spent over 25 years perfecting hydrogen fuel cell technology. A hydrogen fuel cell car works by harnessing power from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, with the only emission being water. Mirai will be the first hydrogen fuel cell car to make mass production, and the UK is one of the first markets in the world where it will be sold. Watch out for the first examples to hit roads around the south east from September.
Honda’s most anticipated car of 2015 is the HR-V, having just won the prestigious What Car? Reader Award. Slated to hit retail forecourts in summer this year, the HR-V debuted at the Paris Motor Show last September and is Honda’s new entry in the fast growing small SUV segment.
Leon Brannan, Head of Car said "Award winning before it has even arrived in the dealership, the HR-V is a very welcome addition to our current model line-up, it is a very popular and growing market segment that appeals to both retail and corporate customers."
The all-new 500X is a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two distinct flavours on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: One is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook available in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge trim levels, and another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind available in Cross and Cross Plus specifications.