Cars come and go all the time, and for 2020 a number of models have been either axed completely or not directly replaced.
This year’s fallen models include hybrid sports cars, luxury saloons and MPVs– many of them good cars, with great value on the used and nearly-new market.
Here are five cars that have fallen by the wayside in 2020.
BMW’s i8 was well ahead of the curve as the first hybrid sports car of its type when it debuted in 2014 – mixing both performance and efficiency in a futuristic-looking package that still hasn’t aged. And despite more than 20,000 being produced across its lifetime, BMW ended production earlier this year, with no replacement planned.
Available in both Coupe and Roadster form, the i8 was rather expensive when new, costing £125,000 even before options. But it’s been hit badly by depreciation, with examples halving in value in as little as 18 months – so it’s now a brilliant used buy if funds will allow.
Jaguar’s next-generation XJ luxury saloon is yet to be shown or finalised, though it’s set to adopt an electric-only powertrain to ‘future proof’ itself. But while the new model is yet to enter production, the final examples of the outgoing model were registered in 2020.
Though it lacks the technology and efficiency of much newer rivals – the current XJ has been around since 2009 – the model still looks stunning inside and out, and is great to drive as well as being a very comfortable way to travel. It’s a terrific used buy, with 2019 examples available from as little as £31,000 – roughly the price of a new entry-level Audi A4.
The first examples of Mercedes’ new X-Class pick-up arrived at the start of 2018 – and after as little as 2 years in production, the curtain has been drawn. Mercedes cited ‘low global demand’ as the reason.
But despite its short-lived career, this Mercedes is still a fine pick-up, especially when it’s got the high-end V6 diesel engine under the bonnet. X-Class models are now available from as little as £18,000 (plus VAT), providing an affordable way to get behind the wheel of this posh pick-up.
Despite their impressive practicality and spaciousness, MPVs have fallen out of favour with buyers, with many manufacturers choosing to focus their efforts on other segments instead. Another people carrier to disappear from UK showrooms this year was the Seat Alhambra.
While not the most glamorous of choices, it’s a brilliant option for all the family, as its roomy interior can seat 7. The sliding rear doors are particularly useful if you have younger children, and even slide electronically on top-spec models. You can pick up a 2019-registered example for just £16,450 – roughly the same price as a new Vauxhall Corsa – making the Alhambra a solid used option.
Surprisingly, Ford really struggled to find homes for its largest Edge SUV, which was axed from the UK earlier this year, though is still available in other markets.
The model was revised in 2019, introducing a more powerful engine, additional technology and a stylish new design. It was steep list prices that prevented the Edge’s success, though it’s one of the more comfortable and practical cars in its class. Now, you can pick up a one-year-old Edge for £29,000 – a huge £14,000 off the original list price, making this Ford a great used choice.