In case you hadn’t heard, the Ford Fiesta has been best-seller in the UK for a number of years. Here’s what other European Union countries are buying

The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Corsa, Focus or Golf.

What is the best-selling car in other countries, though? Find out below which cars the rest of Europe loves as much as the UK loves the Ford Fiesta, measured by market analysts JATO Dynamics:

Austria: Volkswagen Golf

With no mainstream car manufacturers, Austria’s top-seller can’t be from a domestic manufacturer. 14,244 buyers flocked to the Volkswagen Golf in 2017, while the next two are also VW Group big-hitters; the Skoda Octavia, at 9594, and the Tiguan at 9095. 

Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golf was the most popular car last year, followed by the Renault Clio and Hyundai Tucson. 14,304, 11313 and 10324 found owners respectively in 2017.

Croatia: Skoda Octavia

It's all change in Croatia; in 2016, the best-sellers were the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris, while last year, the Skoda Octavia, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Golf took the top three, with 2448, 2285 and 2265 sales respectively.

Czechia: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here - the Skoda Octavia sold 27,051 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which sold 21,281, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid took third, with 12,407 sold.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe last year was in Denmark, where 9838 208s found homes in 2017, while the next best-seller was the Volkswagen Up, of which 7232 were sold. Trailing slightly in third place was the Nissan Qashqai; 7014 found homes last year.

Estonia: Skoda Octavia

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the Skoda Octavia took pole position having sold 1328 cars, while 893 and 871 units put the Toyota Avensis and Toyota RAV4 in second and third place respectively.

Finland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda claimed another victory in Finland with the Octavia – 5692 were sold there in 2017. Second place was taken by the Nissan Qashqai, although only slightly less – 5059 – were sold across the year. The VW Golf took third place with 3989 sales.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car for 2017 was the Renault Clio, and a whopping 117,473 took it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 97,629 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, was overtaken from third by the Peugeot 3008, with 74,282 sold.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen takes a 1, 2, 3 in Germany, with the Golf having sold 178,590 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Tiguan sold less than half this number; 72,478, while the Passat follows just behind on 70,233. The success of both knocked the Mercedes-Benz C-Class off the podium altogether, despite being in second place at the end of the third quarter.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris took the top spot in Greece again, with 5508 cars sold, compared to the second-place Opel Corsa’s 3341 units sold. Third goes to the Fiat Panda; 3139 have Greek homes across 2017.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it's made there -  the model sold 8782 units there in 2017. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 6104 down in second place, and the Opel Astra has sold 4301.

Ireland: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016, and grew by a staggering 11,323% over 2015, remaining at the top for 2017, having sold 4907 units. The Volkswagen Golf, meanwhile, sold 4495, and the Nissan Qashqai completes the top three, with 4197 sales.

Italy: Fiat Panda

Nationalism wins, once again – the Fiat Panda was the best-selling car in Italy last year, with 144,533 finding homes – the best-selling car in any single market. The Lancia Ypsilon was second, with a comparatively piddly 60,326. The Fiat 500, having shifted 58,296, was a close third. It was a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in 2016, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.

Latvia: Nissan Qashqai

Another win for Nissan – the Qashqai claimed a small victory in 2017, with 803 sold overall. The Volkswagen Golf came in second, having sold 679 units, while the third-place Kia Sportage sold 569. 

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 found 3488 homes, while the Fiat 500X overtook the Skoda Octavia to become second best-seller, on 1231. The 500X sunk to third with 1043.

Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf

It was almost another douze points for the Volkswagen Group from Luxembourg in 2017, right up until the third quarter; the Volkswagen Golf took top spot, while the Tiguan took second and the Renault Clio snatched third from the Audi A3. Sales were 1859, 1352 and 1183 respectively.

Netherlands: Renault Clio

It's all change for the Dutch! The Volkswagen Golf has been ousted from its top spot and into third place - the Renault Clio, Volkswagen Up and Volkswagen Golf make up the big three, with 11,782, 10,853 and 10,105 sales. 

Norway: Volkswagen Golf

Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Norway last year, with 11,620 sold. The BMW i3 was in second place, but has sold less than half the Golf’s Norwegian total, at 5036. The Toyota Rav4 took in third place, at 4821. 

Poland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Fabia and Octavia taking first and second place with the narrowest of margins separating the two; the Fabia taking 18,989 and Octavia taking 18,876 sales in the country. Opel's Astra took third, on 15,971. 

Portugal: Renault Clio

French superminis find more homes than anything else in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 12,743 as the country’s best-seller and the Peugeot 208 sold 6833, while the Renault Mégane sold 6802.

Romania: Dacia Logan

Dacia took its home market by storm last year, and continues to do so. The Logan and Duster made up 2017's top two, with the former finding homes in 17,192 garages, and the latter parked in 6791. The Skoda Octavia took fourth place, and Sandero slipped in at third in the Romanian market, with 3821.

Slovakia: Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia took pole position in Slovakia, while its little brother, the Fabia, wasn’t far behind. The Octavia was bought by 5337 Slovakians, and the Fabia was bought by 5325. The Rapid, in third place, sold 3846.

Slovenia: Peugeot 3008

The Volkswagen Golf climbed to second in the Slovenian market in 2017, with 3638 sales ensuring its lead over the Skoda Octavia, which sold 2737. First place goes to the Renault Clio, though, with 3828 sales. The Clio is built in Slovenia in facelifted form, which helps it maintain its lead there.

Spain: Seat Ibiza

What’s Spanish for ‘quelle surprise’? The Seat Leon and Ibiza take gold and silver in Spain, with 35,272 and 33,705 finding a place in the sun last year, and the Renault Clio's 21,920 sales give it third place. Surprisingly, though, the rest of the top ten is a healthy mix. The introduction of the Arona could make Seat’s footprint in Spain larger, though.

Sweden: Volvo XC60

There was uproar in 2016 when the Volkswagen Golf took the lead in Sweden’s car market from Volvo, but three Volvos combined took second: the S80, V70 and XC70. Volvo was back on top in 2017 with the XC60 in pole position on 24,088, followed by the S90 and V90, with 22,593 sales. The Golf was pushed down into third place; 18,213 leaves it well below the Swedes' scores.

Switzerland: Skoda Octavia

With no native carmakers of any large volume, the Swiss buy the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Tiguan more than any other cars. 10,010 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 8699 and 6944 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

UK: Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 94,533 sold last year. 74,605 Volkswagen Golf and 69,903 Ford Focus sales cement second and third places for the best-seller regulars. You can find the rest of the best-seller list here

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20 January 2017
Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

20 January 2017
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

I'll take the bait...firstly, unreliable? Hmmm..had a Mk4 Golf, Mk5 and two Mk7's and not ONE problem with any of them. Don't tar every car with the same brush. (For the record I haven't had those cars back to back before you say I am an all out VW fan).

Indifferent handling - yep I would say a Focus handles better but as an all rounder it's a good balance and I am not the first and won't be the last to say this and the Mk7 is fairly decent - the Mk4 was woeful admittedly.

Interior...yeah OK, the interior on my current GTD must be awful according to you. The interior isn't why I bought it, but it sure is a nice place to sit without having the pretentious status that goes with say an A3 or 1 series. To add, a friend with a new Focus sat in mine and said how nice it was...

Rough diesel engines - really? Mine isn't rough and the same engine performs well on that front in other VAG cars too, eg Octavia, Leon etc.

And the last point, yep I would say the Focus is generally better to drive when comparing all versions and it is cheaper, yes you are absolutely right. Better built? That's down to opinion and perhaps personal experiences. The Civic? I like Honda, but gees, you're trying to tell me that ugly Civic is a better car?! Yeah right - that's why it outsells the Golf does it?

But by all means hang on to your obviously ongoing hatred of the car, for every single one of us who have bought one are wrong, and you, are completely right. Well done.

20 January 2017
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

I'll take the bait...firstly, unreliable? Hmmm..had a Mk4 Golf, Mk5 and two Mk7's and not ONE problem with any of them. Don't tar every car with the same brush. (For the record I haven't had those cars back to back before you say I am an all out VW fan).

Indifferent handling - yep I would say a Focus handles better but as an all rounder it's a good balance and I am not the first and won't be the last to say this and the Mk7 is fairly decent - the Mk4 was woeful admittedly.

Interior...yeah OK, the interior on my current GTD must be awful according to you. The interior isn't why I bought it, but it sure is a nice place to sit without having the pretentious status that goes with say an A3 or 1 series. To add, a friend with a new Focus sat in mine and said how nice it was...

Rough diesel engines - really? Mine isn't rough and the same engine performs well on that front in other VAG cars too, eg Octavia, Leon etc.

And the last point, yep I would say the Focus is generally better to drive when comparing all versions and it is cheaper, yes you are absolutely right. Better built? That's down to opinion and perhaps personal experiences. The Civic? I like Honda, but gees, you're trying to tell me that ugly Civic is a better car?! Yeah right - that's why it outsells the Golf does it?

But by all means hang on to your obviously ongoing hatred of the car, for every single one of us who have bought one are wrong, and you, are completely right. Well done.

20 January 2017
AddyT wrote:
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

I'll take the bait...firstly, unreliable? Hmmm..had a Mk4 Golf, Mk5 and two Mk7's and not ONE problem with any of them. Don't tar every car with the same brush. (For the record I haven't had those cars back to back before you say I am an all out VW fan).

Indifferent handling - yep I would say a Focus handles better but as an all rounder it's a good balance and I am not the first and won't be the last to say this and the Mk7 is fairly decent - the Mk4 was woeful admittedly.

Interior...yeah OK, the interior on my current GTD must be awful according to you. The interior isn't why I bought it, but it sure is a nice place to sit without having the pretentious status that goes with say an A3 or 1 series. To add, a friend with a new Focus sat in mine and said how nice it was...

Rough diesel engines - really? Mine isn't rough and the same engine performs well on that front in other VAG cars too, eg Octavia, Leon etc.

And the last point, yep I would say the Focus is generally better to drive when comparing all versions and it is cheaper, yes you are absolutely right. Better built? That's down to opinion and perhaps personal experiences. The Civic? I like Honda, but gees, you're trying to tell me that ugly Civic is a better car?! Yeah right - that's why it outsells the Golf does it?

But by all means hang on to your obviously ongoing hatred of the car, for every single one of us who have bought one are wrong, and you, are completely right. Well done.

Reliability surveys never put VW cars at the top end. odie_the_dog mentioned Honda Civic as a better alternative. It certainly is, as far as reliability is concerned, and in many other aspects, too. But Europe sticks to European made cars, maybe wisely, since they want to keep European employed.

21 January 2017
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

Focus? As soon as you say you like that shitheap all merit to your views is lost.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

22 January 2017
Or any of these cars you mention? Actually don't answer, as I really don't care.

I can't stand Nissan Jukes. Vile things. I've never driven one either. Probably an excellent car, but to me, all I want to do is punch the car right between it's horrible headlights and kick it up it's stunted posterior. I am sure owners all over the country are horrified when they turn up back at the local NCP and find me attempting to start a fight with their car. It just does that to me. Same with Nissan micras for some reason. Weird.

But we're all entitled to our own opinions no matter how unfounded/deluded/unreasonable they are.

Spanner

31 May 2017
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

Oh well, your decision

1 June 2017
odie_the_dog wrote:

Why anyone would choose to buy that overpriced, unreliable turgid piece of machinery the VW Golf is beyond me.

Indifferent handling, an interior which makes Leonard Cohen's greatest hits seem cheerful, average reliability, diesel engines which not only have cheat devices but also are as rough as a badgers behind all line up against it.

Give me the keys to a Focus or a Honda Civic any day, usually cheaper, better built, better to drive, more reliable etc etc

I've rented the latest Focus, and that interior is bargain basement disgrace.
My Mk5 Edition 30, highly tuned, ran like a champ for 4 years, 70000km, no problems, only annoying thing was rattle from hatch door almost right from the start, easily fixed with a bit of tape. And GTI interior, the seat, the steering wheel, the ergonomics, the touch screen nav system (that neither Audi or Porsche had)...Focus, puleease...

No manual - no fun

20 January 2017
What do you mean the Opel Astra and Corsa are the only non-Germans in the top ten? Opel is German.

20 January 2017
Opel is General Motors which is American.
Steam cars are due a revival.

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