- New Cars 2022: What's on sale and when?
New Cars 2022: What's on sale and when?
Heading out to buy a new car in 2022?
Stop what you're doing! Put down your car keys, hang up your coat, pull up a chair and read our full and unrestricted guide to all the best new cars coming in 2022 and far beyond.
This guide covers a huge list of models – everything from electric cars to family cars, small, mid-sized and large SUVs, hot hatches, sports cars, luxury cars and pick-up trucks.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
Type: SUV | On sale: summer 2022 | Starting price: from £35,000 (est)
The Alfa Romeo Tonale has been revealed as the Italian company’s second SUV, slotting underneath the larger Stelvio. You can have the Tonale as a mild-hybrid petrol with either 130 or 160PS, but the big news is that it will also be available as a PHEV petrol with 275PS and a pure-electric range of 37 miles. It can get from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. While PHEV tech is new to Alfa, style is not and the Tonale’s got bags of it combined with a practical cabin that’s ideal for family life. Alfa Romeo’s also promising sharp handling with quick steering and adjustable dampers.
Audi A6 e-tron
Type: electric car | On sale: mid 2023 | Starting price: from £55,000 (est)
The Audi A6 e-tron gives you everything you love about the Audi A6 – its beautifully built and eerily quiet cabin, and general comfort – but with electric power. It’ll have an aerodynamic design on the outside and an infotainment-heavy finish on the inside, which will feel very roomy thanks to the car’s completely flat interior floor. A 100kWh battery gives the Audi a range of more than 300 miles, while front and rear electric motors produce 476PS in total giving the A6 e-tron acceleration of 0-62mph in under four seconds.
Audi Q6 e-tron
Type: electric SUV | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £55,000 (est)
The Audi Q6 e-tron is expected to go on sale later this year giving you a mid-sized Audi electric SUV that slots between the Q4 e-tron and flagship e-tron SUV. The Audi Q6 e-tron will sit on a dedicated EV platform so you can expect it to feel very spacious inside, with a flat cabin floor and plenty of room for four adults and their luggage. The new electric SUV will have a range of more than 400 miles and will be able to crack 0-62mph in less than four seconds.
BMW X1 and iX1
Type: SUV and electric SUV | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £35,150
BMW's popular small SUV enters its third model generation, with the all-electric iX1 joining the standard petrol and diesel-powered X1 in the line-up. The new BMW X1 and iX1 avoid some of the more controversial styling cues that we've seen on some recent BMWs, favouring a more squared-off kidney-shaped grille. With the arrival of the iX1, it will be BMW's cheapest electric car now the i3 has gone from the range. The BMW iX1 will use two electric motors to deliver a power output of 313PS and a range of up to 272 miles. It may be BMW's most affordable EV, but expect prices to start at around £50,000 for the iX1, while the standard X1 will start at £35,150 for the sDrive18d diesel model.
Type: sports coupe | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £50,000 (est)
With the arrival of a new 2 Series, there’s only one question that needs answered – when does the new BMW M2 arrive? We suspect you’ll have to wait until later this year for BMW's £50,000 sports coupe, but your patience will be rewarded. With the M3 and M5 becoming ever more serious performance machines, expect the M2 to focus on being an absolute hoot. Albeit, a very quick one. Unlike the other two, the M2 will remain rear-wheel drive, which could prove ‘entertaining’ because it’ll feature a detuned version of the 510PS straight-six in the M3.
BMW M3 Touring
Type: fast estate | On sale: Now | Starting price: from £80,550
The idea of a fast small estate is not a new one – we’ve been buying the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Audi RS4 Avant for years – but the idea of a small, fast BMW estate is an all-new concept, of course it’s called the BMW M3 Touring. No prizes for guessing the Touring will get the same 510PS straight-six engine and clever all-wheel drive as the M3 saloon, allowing it to launch from 0-62mph in less than four seconds. Meanwhile, the added space and flexibility of the estate-car body means you can carry more, more easily. At £80,550, it's actually cheaper than the equivalent all-wheel drive M3 saloon.
Type: SUV | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £20,000 (est)
The Dacia Bigster is big by name and, well, big by nature – at 4.6m long it’ll be the biggest car Dacia makes when it’s revealed at the end of 2022. It won’t cost a fortune though, Dacia is targeting an entry price of £20,000. That’ll buy you an SUV with chunky good looks and an interior that’ll have loads of space and could be offered with seven seats. Dacia has also indicated that the car will be offered as a plug-in hybrid that’ll have a 30mile electric range that could save you a fortune if you have a charger at home and do lots of short trips.
Dacia Spring Electric
Type: small electric car | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £15,000 (est)
The Dacia Spring Electric – the Romanian firm’s first electric car – wasn’t originally destined for the UK but burgeoning EV sales look to have reversed that decision. So what can you expect? Well, in a word, value. It’s restricted to 65mph to help it achieve its 140-mile range, which is below average for a modern EV, but a £15,000 price tag – about half the cost of a Renault Zoe – makes up for that. Everything else is as you’d expect of a Dacia, it uses old Renault parts and has a cabin that is surprisingly roomy for its size. Could be the budget EV you’ve been waiting for.
Ford Ranger Raptor
Type: pick-up truck | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £56,400
The old Ford Ranger looked great in isolation but parked next to its American F150 cousin it looked like a namby-pamby spin off of the real deal – the £56,400 2022 Ford Ranger looks to address this. It comes with chunky looks that are pure Stars and Stripes. And it can back those looks up, you now get a bigger flat-bed load bay, serious off-road ability and a revised version of the diesel V6 engine that was so good in the old model. Improvements have been made to the inside, too, where you’ll now find better quality and improved infotainment. The best pick-up you can buy? We'll have to see...
Type: hatchback | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £25,000 (est)
If you’re looking for a family car that’s a paragon of reliability then the new Honda Civic could be the car for you. It doesn’t look radically different to the current model, but lots has changed. Inside, you get a new interior with two large displays – one behind the steering wheel, the other in the centre of the dashboard – and more interior space. You can expect the poor headroom in the old Civic to be improved also. Power, meanwhile, comes from a 184PS petrol-electric hybrid engine that’ll be cheap to run. Expect the new Civic to cost from £25,000.
Honda Civic Type R
Type: hot hatch | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £35,000 (est)
How to improve the old Honda Civic Type R opens up a broader question for Honda engineers – how to improve on one of the best hot hatches going? Truth is, the Civic Type R that just went off sale could thrash the current competition with one hand tied behind its back thanks to a punchy 316PS engine and a chassis that flattered you into believing you were in fact a driving god. As a result, expect the new Honda Civic Type R to make subtle improvements to performance while Honda zeroes in on areas in need of more work such as interior quality and infotainment. Expect a slight rise from the current car's £35,000 price.
Type: family SUV | On sale: early 2023 | Starting price: from £33,000 (est)
It might not be as exciting as the new Civic Type R, but the new Honda CR-V should be much more of a smash sales hit. The popular family SUV is moving to its sixth generation, taking on the Toyota RAV4 with hybrid-only engines and greatly improved technology. It's a little bigger for more space, while Honda promises the new-generation hybrid system is nicer to drive and faster yet more efficient. The biggest news for those who've used the rather rubbish system the old CR-V is brand new infotainment. We've only seen the US version, but the European version will arrive early next year.
Type: 4x4 | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £49,000
The Ineos Grenadier is an all-new car, but it looks very similar to the old Land Rover Defender. It's very similar in ethos, too. The Grenadier doesn't just look like a tough 4x4 off-roader, it is a tough off-roader, with four-wheel drive, high and low gears, and locking differentials at the front, centre and rear. Not much will stop it, and when it does get stopped, there’s a mounting point for a winch that’ll pull you to safety. Inside, you get all the tech you need, while plugs in the floor mean you can take a hose to mud and grime.
Type: electric SUV | On sale: mid 2023 | Starting price: from £55,000 (est)
Building on the huge success of the EV6, Kia hope the upcoming EV9 electric SUV will take on cars like the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. The EV9 gets chunky SUV looks with neat touches like a bonnet with solar panels and roof bars that retract to improve the cars aerodynamics. Inside, you can expect the Kia EV9 to get a huge infotainment screen and a roomy interior with seven seats. Underneath, you’ll find a 100kWh battery that give the Kia a range of more than 300 miles.
Type: hybrid SUV | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £44,000
The Mazda CX-60 is a plug-in hybrid SUV that's going to compete with family favourites such as the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Kuga when it goes on sale towards the end of the year. Mazda has confirmed that it'll be great to drive and have a posh interior crammed full of wood, leather and chrome. Power comes from a 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 300PS. Expect 0-62mph to take less than seven seconds and the Mazda will have an electric range of up to 50 miles between charges. We've had a first drive of the CX-60 already if you want to get an idea of what it's like.
Type: electric saloon | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £60,000 (est)
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is what an E-Class would be if it was electric, it’s set to cost from around £60,000 when it goes on sale later this year. Its gloopy exterior is extremely aerodynamic and it hides a lusciously luxurious interior complete with Mercedes’ huge Hyperscreen infotainment display. Silent electric motors – producing up to 680PS – will make the EQE effortlessly powerful and very quiet, and you can expect the drive to focus on cosseting the car’s passengers. A range of more than 400 miles will be a huge selling point.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
Type: electric SUV | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £100,000 (est)
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is yet another electric car from Mercedes and it’s expected to cost from around £100,000 when it goes on sale later this year. As before, luxury will be the name of the game with this new Mercedes, although an SUV body means you get a good deal of practicality into the bargain. It’ll have a huge boot and could be offered with seven seats. Power is likely to be substantial with the EQS SUV set to get the same 523PS powertrain as the EQS saloon. That would give it a 350mile range and allow it to get from 0-62mph in less than five seconds.
Type: electric hatchback | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £25,000 (est)
Later this year MG will reveal an electric hatchback that’s tipped to be called the MG 4. It’s already been teased in video and will be slightly bigger than the Volkswagen ID.3 EV that’ll be one of its main rivals. Expect the new MG to have shapely styling, an interior that has room for four adults and loads of standard equipment. The car’s powertrain has yet to be confirmed, but we’re expecting it to offer up to 177PS and a 61.1kWh battery that would give it a range of up to 250 miles.
Type: electric SUV | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £42,000
The Nissan Ariya looks like a Nissan Qashqai from the future and in many respects that’s exactly what it is. It’s body is pebble-smooth, which helps the Nissan cut through the air and get maximum range (up to 310 miles) from its electric powertrain. Inside, the Ariya has been modelled on your lounge at home, with a fuss free design and acres of space in the front and the back. You get kit like huge infotainment screens and ventilated seats. The car is on sale now with prices starting from £42,000.
Type: SUV | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £30,000 (est)
The new Nissan X-trail was revealed at last year's Shanghai motor show and is set to go on sale in the UK in the middle of 2022. The new X-Trail gets chunkier looks than the car it replaces and a posher interior with huge infotainment screens, plus you'll still be able to have it as a seven-seater. The X-Trail will be available as a petrol-electric hybrid that uses its petrol engine as a generator to return fuel economy of more than 50mpg.
Type: Fastback | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £30000 (est)
Like it or not, coupe SUVs are becoming a popular category, and the swoopy new Peugeot 408 is the latest addition. Except Peugeot calls it a 'fastback', blending coupe, hatchback, saloon and SUV all in one distinctive package. Sitting alongside the Peugeot 3008 but significantly longer for more space, it offers both style and substance, while a pair of plug-in hybrid petrol engines make it ultra efficient. Don't worry, though, there's a cheaper pure petrol model available, too.
Type: electric SUV | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £60,000 (est)
Polestar has transformed itself from a maker of fast Volvos to a standalone builder of PHEV and EVs with sensational success (the Polestar 2 for example) – proving just how electrification can transform a brand – and the Polestar 3 is the next step in this process. It gives buyers an SUV option to take on the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. Expect it to have minimalist (but confident) styling, as well as a beautifully designed interior with room for four. It’ll likely have a range of around 300 miles, all-wheel drive and acceleration of 0-62mph in less than five seconds. Competitive finance packages will balance its meaty £60,000 price.
Type: small electric car | On sale: mid 2024 | Starting price: from £25,000 (est)
The new Renault 5 will bring two worlds together – fusing EV power with a body design that’s a modern interpretation of the original Renault 5 that went on sale way back in the 70s. Expect the interior to be much the same with a simple, retro design made possible by two large infotainment screens. The Renault will have a relatively large 50kWh battery giving it a range of around 250 miles – much further than rivals such as the MINI Electric and Honda e. It's likely to cost around £25,000.
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Type: electric hatchback | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £33,000 (est)
The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric will be, you guessed correctly, electric and is expected to cost from £33,000 when it goes on sale later this year. You’ll be able to have it with 130 and 218PS motors both of which drive the front wheels through a single gear that means the car runs like an automatic. Compact motors and a battery that’s hidden under the flat floor makes the Megane E-Tech's interior feel as bright, airy and comfortable as a lounge with huge windows, you even get a big ‘TV’ in the form of a huge infotainment screen.
Type: SUV | On sale: mid 2022 | Starting price: from £25,000 (est)
The Renault Austral will replace the Kadjar SUV when it goes on sale later this year. You can expect sporty styling to lurk underneath that eye-burning wrap, while inside Renault says you’ll find a posh interior with a huge infotainment screen. It’ll also be very practical with plenty of room for a growing family. Power will come from mild-hybrid petrol engines – which will be capable of nearly 50mpg – with a full hybrid model also likely.
Type: electric hatchback | On sale: early 2023 | Starting price: from £32,000 (est)
Ah, the Vauxhall Astra so often a great car (okay not often... but the last one was pretty good) overlooked because of its dowdy, unimaginative image. And then we saw the latest model and changed our minds completely. Stellantis ownership – and the modern engines and platforms it brings – means the Astra can now walk about with its chest puffed out because, whisper it – it’s attractive. With striking lines that portray its new found confidence. The Astra-e meanwhile adds the EV powertrain to go with the modern design. It’ll rival the Volkswagen ID.3.
Type: electric city car | On sale: mid 2025 | Starting price: from £20,000 (est)
Whip out the long lens and you’ll just about see the Volkswagen ID.2 sauntering over the horizon – it’s a while away, but this Peugeot e-208 rival is still well worth talking about. The VW Group being the well-oiled machine it is, we already have an official sketch of how the car will look (good) and have an idea how much it will cost (about £20,000). That sounds cheap you say? It does doesn’t it. That price tag’s made possible by a tiny 30kWh battery that’ll be good for no more than 120 miles between charges.
Volkswagen ID.3 GTX
Type: electric hot hatch | On sale: late 2023 | Starting price: from £40,000 (est)
The Volkswagen ID.3 GTX EV is a hot hatch for the future with the ‘GTX’ badge set to replace the beloved ‘GTI’ as the letters VW sticks on its fast family cars. Which is slightly misleading because the ID.3 GTX is more like a Golf R in concept, thanks to having circa-200PS and all-wheel drive. Expect the GTX to be an absolute weapon on country roads where conventional petrols will find it hard to compete with the electric car's mid-range surge. Question is, can this plus-£40,000 EV be as fun as the hot hatches we know and love?
Type: electric van | On sale: late 2022 | Starting price: from £50,000 (est)
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is expected to cost from around £50,000 when it goes on sale later this year as an electric alternative to the likes of VW’s own Caravelle and Sharan. The ID.Buzz is what family car dreams are made of thanks to having space for eight and an almost endlessly flexible interior that’s likely to feature movable seats on sliding runners. The ID.Buzz is set to get a huge 111kWh battery that would give it a range of around 300 miles, while charging the battery from 0-80 per cent will take around 30 minutes using a DC charger.