You may have already seen our piece on the best supercars set to release in 2024, but now it is time to take a look at more affordable models. In this piece, we take a preview of:

Audi A5 Sportback


Dacia Duster

Mazda MX5

Each car plans to make waves when they return to our roads, with all their predecessor’s popular choices. Gain an insight into what has changed with these cars and why they are set to take the car industry by storm in 2024.

The new Audi A5 Sportback.

Audi A5 Sportback

Set up as a sportier alternative to the A4; the A5 Sportback combines practicality and performance to create an everyday car with an edge of excitement and unpredictability. A new, streamlined look makes the A5 stand out, with the classic Audi grill still prominent at the front of the vehicle. Coming in three different models: a Coupe, a Convertible Cabriolet, and a Four-Door Hatchback, the A5 has plenty to offer all drivers, with upgrade packages available in each model. For example, take advantage of the navigation package with traffic sign recognition and many other innovative features. Top tech is standard throughout all models, with a large infotainment screen providing seamless car control. Solid boot space is a plus for families, with a spacious interior and leather upholstery, ensuring comfort when driving. A panoramic sunroof provides fantastic views for passengers, with a heated steering wheel offering a unique experience for drivers. The A5 Sportback will likely hit the market anywhere from £36,000 upwards. It is a reasonably well-priced vehicle for its market position and a great option for those looking for a practical and exciting ride.

The 2024 BMW X2.


A return of the X2 is much anticipated, with eyes firmly on whether this model will propel to the top of BMW’s most popular vehicles. The previous version of the X2 was no slouch, with hundreds of thousands sold in the UK. An already sporty upgrade on the X1, the new X2 has much to live up to. A new slick design makes the X2 look smaller and more agile than before, with the classic BMW grill and accents throughout. The new design puts the X2 closer to a Coupe SUV, a vehicle type that has the potential to dominate the SUV market. Internally, there’s plenty of space for five adults due to the X2 being longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. This increased size is also shown in the boot, where you are faced with even more space than the last X2. A BMW curved display props up a large infotainment system with the latest iDrive nine system in place, giving you the power to control the entire car at the touch of a button. A clean and straightforward dashboard is welcomed, with a wireless charger pack available too. All these changes have likely added to the already clunky weight of an X2, and you would think this would limit handling and performance. However, updated suspension components ensure the X2 has the traditional BMW feel and doesn’t lose any excitement brought on by added weight. With prices starting from £38,000, the X2 is certainly premium, but when you drill down into the details, the price starts to make more and more sense.

The 2024 Dacia Duster.

Dacia Duster

The SUV theme continues with one of the most popular cars of the last decade. The Dacia Duster is a beacon of practicality, with performance and efficiency hallmarks of the Romanian manufacturer. The return of one of Dacia’s best-selling models will be welcomed by many, with a new look and updated technology throughout. A bulky front and rear give the car an off-road feel, with robust features and solid boot space providing the means to travel with ease. A new sustainable approach by Dacia has seen the introduction of wheel archers being made with recycled materials, further cementing the Duster as a car at one with nature. Inside, angular features are consistent with the Dusters of yesteryear. A new, clean interior with an infotainment system propels the SUV into the modern age of SUVs, with wireless charging also present in the vehicle. A much comfier interior is welcomed and adds to the fantastic driving experience the Duster already offers. Set to hit our roads in the Spring of 2024, the Duster will undoubtedly turn heads in the SUV space and provide a convenient option for car buyers.

The 2024 Mazda MX5.

Mazda MX5

We finish this list with the iconic MX5. A roadster unlike many others, the MX5 is a cult hero amongst car enthusiasts primarily due to its fantastic handling ability and performance. A true roadster in nature, past MX5s have always been seen as the ultimate fun you can have in a car. The question, therefore, remains: is the new MX5 as good? The look has remained, with the somewhat strange antenna on the rear driver side still having a prominent place. Slightly more aggressive styling provides a slight variance to previous models, with a cleaner and more modern interior to match. An infotainment system is a great addition, and when combined with much softer and more comfortable seating, the new MX5 certainly offers an improvement on its last instalment. With a similar engine to the last MX5, you may be wondering if there are any significant differences. This is best answered by the addition of a unique limited-slip differential to the rear. This innovative addition allows you to get the power to the floor quicker and really feel the road underneath you. This is the greatest strength of the new MX5, but is it enough to move away from the existing model? Whatever you feel the answer is, one thing can’t be mistaken: the MX5 is still one of the best driving experiences you can have at a very reasonable price.

Closing Thoughts

There it is, our top picks for new car releases in 2024. Of course, these are not the only cars to hit our roads soon, with honourable mentions going to:

  • Fiat Panda
  • Ford Kuga
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Picanto
  • Mazda CX-80
  • Mercedes AMG E63
  • MG 3
  • Nissan Qashqai

One thing is for sure: 2024 is set to be an exhilarating year for car enthusiasts. If you are interested in the latest car news throughout 2024, click here to visit our dedicated car news page. Can’t wait for a new car? Consider financing your next purchase with Marsh and gain access to a wide range of used car dealers. Applying is as easy as starting your car. Simply click here, complete our 30-second form, and receive a decision the same day with no impact on your credit score.

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