We are fast approaching the mid-point of 2019 and the tough and uncertain times that auto manufacturers are facing has borne itself out in the sales statistics. The first four months of 2019 show a drop of 2.7 percent in overall sales figures compares to last year, not a huge dip but noteworthy, nonetheless.

Delving deeper into the details reveals big shifts in buying behaviour, thanks to changes in regulations and Brexit uncertainty, consumers are looking at options that afford them at least some semblance of futureproofing.

The big push to an all-electric future is not upon us just yet but it has already made a difference in what consumers are buying and once the EV offerings are expanded the sales charts are in for a big upheaval. While the usual suspects still dominate the sales charts, it is important to know which engine and trim options are the ones to pick.

With that in mind, we take a look at the most pertinent factors affecting consumer choices are and how that will influence the next new car you will buy.