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Best hatchback, sedans and people movers arriving in 2024

It may have gone on sale years ago in Europe, but the VW ID.3 will finally hit Australian shores in 2024.

It's telling that the number of launches for hatchbacks, sedans in and people movers 2024 is not huge. But what's more telling is the sheer number of them that are for EVs or plug-in hybrids.

As electrified models continue to increase in popularity, some brands are rolling out EVs in smaller more affordable packages.

This is clear in 2024, with Fiat, Peugeot and more gearing up to lob small EV hatches, but there are some other quirky body styles to keep an eye on too.

01. Abarth 500e Turismo - H1

Expect a circa-252km electric driving range and a 0-100km/h dash time of 7.0 seconds.

Finally, a rival for the likes of the Cupra Born! The Abarth 500e is an all-electric hot hatch based on the new Fiat 500e EV.

Once the strictly limited 'Scorpionissima' grades run out, the sole variant will be the Turismo from $58,900 before on-roads.

Expect a circa-252km electric driving range and a 0-100km/h dash time of 7.0 seconds.

Abarth 500e

Abarth 500e
3.8
From
$58,900
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

02. Mini Cooper EV - Q3

It will ride on a new platform that both companies will use, while the petrol-powered Mini will continue to use a BMW/Mini platform.

After the successful launch of the third-gen Mini Electric, the BMW-owned brand will lob an all-new version in 2024, co-developed with GWM and built in China.

It will ride on a new platform that both companies will use, while the petrol-powered Mini will continue to use a BMW/Mini platform.

Driving ranges are between 305km and 402km, depending on the model, and there will be a number of distinct grades including Essential, Classic, Favoured and JCW.

03. Kia Carnival facelift - Q1

The updated version is yet to be revealed, but reports from overseas suggest it will take on design elements from the striking EV9 and look more like an SUV than ever before.

The Kia Carnival is by far the most popular people mover in Australia, and the current gen model - launched in early 2021 - is still selling like hot cakes.

The updated version is yet to be revealed, but reports from overseas suggest it will take on design elements from the striking EV9 and look more like an SUV than ever before.

It should also adopt hybrid power so hauling the family could be more efficient with this update.

04. Peugeot e-208 - Early 2024

Expect it to carry a price premium over smaller Chinese electric hatchbacks like the MG 4 and GWM Ora.

Peugeot is seriously ramping up its electrified offerings in Australia and the next cab off the rank will be the electric version of its light hatch - the e-208.

This time there will be no petrol version - only EV. It has a WLTP-rated 400km driving range, and a new motor outputting 115kW/260Nm.

Expect it to carry a price premium over smaller Chinese electric hatchbacks like the MG 4 and GWM Ora.

05. Peugeot 408 PHEV - Early 2024

It's a sleek, long liftback with more than a bit in common with the Citroen C5 X.

As its name suggests, the 408 sits somewhere between Peugeot's 308 small car and the 508 mid-sizer. It's a sleek, long liftback with more than a bit in common with the Citroen C5 X.

Rather than bothering with ICE versions, Peugeot is only going to sell the plug-in hybrid version in Australia.

Apart from the Citroen, other rivals could include the Renault Arkana and VW Arteon.

06. Peugeot 508 facelift - 2024

Arriving in 2024, the updated Mazda6 rival produces 165kW/360Nm PHEV powertrain only.

Another Peugeot model going plug-in hybrid only is the sleek 508 medium liftback and wagon.

Arriving in 2024, the updated Mazda6 rival produces 165kW/360Nm PHEV powertrain only.

The revised version gets even sleeker styling, but expect an uptick in pricing too.

Peugeot 508

Peugeot 508
3.6
From
$81,610
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

07. Suzuki Swift - 2024

You can also expect more electrification in the form of mild hybrid, full hybrid and possibly even battery electric versions.

It's hard to believe the current Swift has been around since 2017 but that means it's time for a new-gen Suzuki hatch.

Little is known about the next Swift, but we understand the 2024 iteration will adopt a more chiseled look than the current model.

You can also expect more electrification in the form of mild hybrid, full hybrid and possibly even battery electric versions.

08. Citroen C5 X PHEV - 2024

It is mechanically related to the Peugeot 408, but it's unclear which model will be more expensive.

Citroen is back to its unique best with its gloriously weird and wonderful C5 X hatch/SUV/wagon.

In 2024 a plug-in hybrid version will land, finally giving the French brand an electrified option.

It is mechanically related to the Peugeot 408, but it's unclear which model will be more expensive.

09. Skoda Scala - April

As with the Kamiq, the Scala is getting a light makeover for the 2024 model year.

Skoda replaced the slow-selling Rapid hatch with the Scala hatch a few years back, and despite not having the visibility of the Kamiq SUV, it's still seen as an important model in the line-up.

As with the Kamiq, the Scala is getting a light makeover for the 2024 model year.

It includes refreshed exterior elements like headlights and numbers, more digital instrumentation inside and an uptick in safety and comfort gear.

10. Volkswagen ID.3 - Late 2024

We will get the facelifted version which has an increased charging rate (now 170kW), as well as improved multimedia functionality and new cabin materials.

This has got to be one of the most anticipated launches in years.

The VW ID.3 electric hatch has been on sale in Europe since late 2020, and Aussie VW fans have been waiting patiently for it to be offered here ever since.

We will get the facelifted version which has an increased charging rate (now 170kW), as well as improved multimedia functionality and new cabin materials.

11. Volkswagen ID.Buzz - Late 2024

The retro-tinged ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo will likely be very popular when they land in 2024.

This is the vehicle that will change the people mover and van categories for good in Australia.

The retro-tinged ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo will likely be very popular when they land in 2024.

The ID.Buzz pair ride on VW's MEB platform, with a rear-mounted 150kW electric motor powered by an 82kWh lithium-ion battery (with 77kWh of usable energy).

12. Volkswagen T7 Multivan - Late 2024

In the spacious cabin, tech gets an upgrade with a 10.25-inch digital dashboard and 10.0-inch multimedia touchscreen featuring the latest VW software suite.

A sibling to the more commercial-focused VW Transporter, the Multivan people mover in new-gen T7 guise is finally getting an Australia debut.

Sporting a sharper design that references older Transporters and the ID.Buzz van, the Multivan is more glam than ever before.

In the spacious cabin, tech gets an upgrade with a 10.25-inch digital dashboard and 10.0-inch multimedia touchscreen featuring the latest VW software suite.

13. Mercedes-Benz E-Class- H1

Internationally there are mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains but given Benz Australia's decision to drop PHEVs, expect mild hybrids, as well as performance models instead.

The sleek new-generation E-Class will arrive to do battle with the equally sleek new-gen BMW 5 Series, as well as the Audi A6 and Genesis G80.

Internationally there are mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains but given Benz Australia's decision to drop PHEVs, expect mild hybrids, as well as performance models instead.

Sadly, the striking Estate (wagon) version won't be coming to Australia, leaving the sedan as the sole body style.

14. Tesla Model 3 - Jan

Wing-shaped headlights and integrated foglights help with aerodynamics, while new tail-lights wheel designs and body colours provide a fresh look for the ageing model.

More than six years after it went on sale in the US, the top-selling EV in the world, the Tesla Model 3 sedan, has been given a significant facelift.

Wing-shaped headlights and integrated foglights help with aerodynamics, while new tail-lights wheel designs and body colours provide a fresh look for the ageing model.

Inside, there is a new steering wheel, and the ‘Smart Shift’ drive selector has been moved to the touchscreen while column stalks have been replaced with on-wheel controls including haptic switches and physical buttons.