2013 is set to be a bumper year for new models, with manufacturers working out of flat sales by bringing high value, high economy models to market.

Sure, America and China might gobble up thousands of luxury cars, but in cash strapped Europe, customers are after the kind of frugality that’d make even Scrooge sign on the dotted line. Here’s our guide to this year’s hot models.


2013 Range Rover

The top is a good place to start and you don’t get much more top notch than the new Range Rover. Priced from £80,000 when it goes on sale in the spring, the new Range is around £10,000 more expensive than the model it replaces. That’s why many new Ranges will end up in China and North America, where the brand has seen huge sales increases recently.

The all-aluminium model is built in Britain in a state-of-the-art production facility and sent all over the world, and it’s this aluminium construction that has upped the price, along with even more bespoke comfort on the inside.

The aluminium makes the new Range Rover lighter than the car it replaces, even though it’s bigger all over. And the lighter the car, the faster it can go with better economy and less power needed.

But, fear not, the new Range Rover will still come equipped with some of the most powerful production engines you can buy. How does a 500bhp supercharged V8 sound?

2013 VW Golf

2013 VW Golf

Sitting in the middle, price-wise, of the new car market, and far more real-world than the luxury Range Rover, is the quietly confident new VW Golf, one of the only cars that transcends social classes to be desirable by all. With prices from £15,824, the Golf is achievable new and even more so as a nearly new used car bought with hire purchase.

From the outside, the new Golf looks very similar to the model it replaces, but, as the last car was very well received from a styling point of view, it’s clear that VW designers decided to evolve, rather than revolutionise. The Golf’s lines are clean, sharp and modern, and it’s this understatement that appeals across classes, sexes and age groups, making the Golf a truly top seller.

The new car looks set to continue this success as it’s a little cheaper (yes, really!), bigger, lighter and more economical than the outgoing car. A hot new car for 2013? Oh yes!


2013 Dacia Sandero

All the way back to reality now with what the manufacturer is calling the UK’s most affordable new car. Indeed, the new Dacia Sandero supermini will be priced from just £5,995 when it goes on sale later this month.

The Sandero is a no thrills city nipper along the same lines as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, but considerably cheaper and without the aforementioned thrills.

Owned by Renault, the Dacia brand is aimed squarely at the budget end of the new car market, but with the economy refusing to pick up and new car sales not much more than flat, it seems that the peanuts-priced Sandero couldn’t have come to market at a better time.

As long as it doesn’t handle like a deflating dingy and offers good economy, along with the some strong safety credentials, the Sandero budget supermini could do well with the UK’s budget-bashed punters.