So there you go, that’s another year over and done with. Although the New Year often brings with it a slight sense of trepidation (Christmas is over, you’re back to work AND it’s still dark and gloomy most days) that need not be the case! There are plenty of reasons to embrace the dawning of 2014! One of these is the selection of fantastic cars that are going to be released over the course of the year. Below we have collated our selection of the finest, in no particular order, for your perusal. Whether you are on the market for a new family car or are looking forward to jumping behind the wheel of a supercar there’s something for everyone in our list of cars to look out for in 2014 so read on and cheer up!
The Best New Cars For 2014
2014 Nissan Qashqai
The original, and most successful, crossover will be retiring in 2014 to make way for a much leaner, faster and good looking predecessor. The 2014 Nissan Qashqai will be on the market for around £16,000 to £17,500 for entry level models. But what do you get for that money? Well, a 1.2 litre engine that’s more powerful than the outgoing 1.6 model for a start. Throw more space, oodles of tech and a more aggressive exterior styling into the mix and we feel Nissan are on to a winner! Want to find out more about the new Qashqai? Check out our blog post on its reveal here. Lease prices for the 2014 Nissan Qashqai start from £168.86 on our site.
2014 Volkswagen Golf R
The term ‘hot hatch’ is thrown around today to describe almost any smaller car with a respectable acceleration and top speed. So what could the New Volkswagen Golf R be termed then? Super Hot Hatch? Insanely Hot Hatch? Hotter Than The Sun Hatch?! This 296bhp 2.0-litre beast can go from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155mph. Despite an increase of 30bhp and 30Nm of torque over the old Golf R fuel efficiency has also seen an improvement of 18%. All this will set you back a minimum of £30,000 come its summer release.
2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi’s fourth and final addition to its varying A3 range comes in the form of this convertible version. The car will come with a selection of petrol and diesel engines, with some post release additions also being made, and will have a top speed of 0-62mph of 5.4 seconds. The new model is wider, longer and lower than the outgoing one and has a lot more space. It seems to us the new A3 could be the answer for those wanting a convertible that you could fit a family in. Want to find out more? Check out our blog post on the Audi A3 reveal here. If you were interested in leasing the new Audi A3 Cabriolet you can do so on our site here from £326.50.
2015 Lamborghini Huracan
Of course some of the exciting cars that are set for release are slightly more pricey than others. Case in point is the new Lamborghini Huracan. Set to replace the indomitable Gallardo the Huracan will be 30kg lighter than the departing model and will be powered by a 601bhp, 5.2-litre V10 making it 41bhp more powerful than the Gallardo. This extra power translates to a 0-62 of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202mph! So what does Huracan mean? Lamborghini states that it comes from the name of a breed of Spanish fighting bull that is known for its outstanding courage and attack. This may not carry the most favourable connotations outside of Spain though… All of this will set you back a cool £180,000 so you better get saving if you want to buy one on its spring release.
2015 Mazda MX5
This is a slightly cheeky entry, not only because pictures of the new model are a bit thin on the ground, but also because it may not actually make it onto the roads until 2015. However, we felt we had to include it as there is a chance it will be released by late 2014 and also because it is an interesting new proposition. The new MX-5 will be the result of a joint venture between Mazda and Alfa Romeo. It seems that the thinking behind this method is that the two companies can share investment in R&D and then as a result boost their profit margin. It will be interesting to see how this actually works out as it could lead to similar partnerships between other manufacturers! The car itself conforms to the new body styling as revealed on the new Mazda 3 with flowing lines and Kodo design present. We like the new look but wonder if it may be too far a step away for current MX5 fans. Pricing info is non-existent at the moment but we expect the MX5 to continue its name for value for money.
And there you have it, that’s our list of the best new cars for 2014. However, there are a few that didn’t make the cut that are definitely worth a mention. The new BMW 4 series is one of those, luckily for you we already have a blog post on it and the new M3 here. The BMW i8 is also one to look out for as the first full production hybrid sports car on the market.
Written by Ryan Hill