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
Jimi Beckwith
26 September 2018

The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Qashqai, 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. 8310 buyers have flocked to the Volkswagen Golf so far this year, while the next two are also VW group big-hitters; the Polo, at 6839, and the Skoda Octavia at 6229.

Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

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The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golf is the most popular car this year, followed by the Renault Clio and Hyundai Tucson. 10,496, 8720 and 8597 have found owners respectively so far this year.

Croatia: Skoda Octavia

It's all change in Croatia; in 2016, the best-sellers were the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris, while this year, the Skoda OctaviaRenault Clio and Volkswagen Polo take the top three, with 2466, 2250 and 1712 sales respectively.

Czechia: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here - the Skoda Octavia has sold 18,232 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which has sold 17,757, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid takes third, with 10,214 sold.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe this year is in Denmark, where 7017 208s found homes so far, while the next best-seller is the Nissan Qashqai, of which 6546 were sold. Trailing in third place was the Volkswagen Golf; 4046 have found homes this year.

Estonia: Toyota Avensis

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the now out of production Toyota Avensis takes pole position having sold 766 cars, while 738 and 732 units put the ​Skoda Octavia and Renault Clio in second and third place respectively.

Finland: Nissan Qashqai

Nissan claims another victory in Finland with the Qashqai – 4726 were sold there this year so far. Second place was taken by the former leader - the Skoda Octavia - although nearly 900 fewer (3840) were sold across the year. The Toyota Yaris took third place with 3108 sales.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car across this year is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 83.936 take it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 68,850 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, was overtaken last year from third by the Peugeot 3008, with 58,431 sold.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen takes back its 1, 2, 3 in Germany, but there's change at third place - the Golf has sold 125,490 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 53,512, while the Ford Focus and Tiguan now fight the Volkswagen Polo for third. The Polo wins though, with 51,131, overtaking both.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece again, with 4477 cars sold, compared to the second-place Fiat Panda’s 3123 units sold. Third goes to the Volkswagen Polo; 2460 have Greek homes across 2018 so far.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

Hungarian buyers have quite an appetite (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it's made there -  the model sold 8371 units there so far this year. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 4292 down in second place, and the Opel Astra has sold 3609.

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 2017, and has fended off (just) competition from the Nissan Qashqai, which sold 3899 units this year so far to the Hyundai's 3916. The Volkswagen Golf completes the ever-so-close top three, with 3833 sales.

Italy: Fiat Panda

Nationalism wins, once again, with Fiat taking two podium spots – the Fiat Panda is the best-selling car so far this year, with 77,809 finding homes. The Fiat 500X, having shifted 38,966, while the 500 was knocked off third by the Renault Clio, on 37,163. It has been a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in the past, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.

Latvia: Volkswagen Golf

Another win for the Golf – it claims a small victory this year, with 646 sold overall. The Nissan Qashqai - last year's best-seller - came in second, having sold 520 units, while the third-place Toyota RAV4 sold 371. 

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 has found 3147 homes, while the Fiat Tipo overtook the 500X and Skoda Octavia last year to become second best-seller, on 1235. The Octavia sunk to fourth, with the Fiat 500X claiming third, at 1131.

Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf

It's almost another douze points for the Volkswagen Group from Luxembourg this year; the Volkswagen Golf takes top spot, while the Tiguan took second and the Mercedes-Benz GLC snatched third from the Audi A3 and Renault Clio. Sales were 1606, 929 and 830 respectively.

Netherlands: Volkswagen Polo

It's all change for the Dutch! The Renault Clio has been ousted from its top spot and into second place - the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Up now make up the big three, with 11,276, 9790, and 7951 sales. The Ford Fiesta slips off the podium.

Norway: Nissan Leaf

Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Norway last year, but it's been overtaken by the Nissan Leaf, with 8012 sold. The Golf (bolstered by e-Golf sales) slipped into second place, at 6297. The BMW i3 slipped from second to third place, at 3542. 

Poland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place with the narrowest of margins separating the two; the Octavia taking 14,842 and Fabia taking 13,134 sales in the country. The Opel Astra took third, on 11,645. 

Portugal: Renault Clio

French and small cars dominate the podium in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 10,753 as the country’s best-seller, and the Peugeot 208 and Renault Captur sold 5033 and 4981.

Romania: Dacia Logan

Dacia took its home market by storm last year, and continues to do so. The Logan and Duster make up 2018's top two, with the former finding homes in 15,779 garages, and the latter parked in 6804. The Sandero took third place with 4176, and the Skoda Octavia slipped off the top three at fourth in the Romanian market.

Slovakia: Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia took pole position in Slovakia, while its big brother, the Octavia, wasn’t far behind. The Fabia was bought by 3843 Slovakians, and the Octavia was bought by 3331. The Rapid, in third place, sold 2579.

Slovenia: Renault Clio

The Volkswagen Golf climbed to second in the Slovenian market in 2017, but drops; with 2148 sales evaporating its lead over the now second-place Polo, which sold 2208. First place goes to the Renault Clio, though, with 2708 sales. The Clio is built in Slovenia in facelifted form, which helps it maintain its lead there.

Spain: Seat Leon

What’s Spanish for ‘quelle surprise’? The Seat Leon and Ibiza take gold and silver in Spain, with 26,158 and 24,152 finding a place in the sun so far this year, and the Ateca's Japanese rival, the Nissan Qashqai, takes third place with 23,829. Surprisingly, though, the rest of the top ten is a healthy mix. 

Sweden: Volvo S90/V90

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, and today, the S90 and V90 are in pole position on 19,069, followed by the S60 and V60, with 12,168 sales, while the Golf takes third on 11,897. The XC60 is pushed down into fourth place.

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. 5600 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 4453 and 4012 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

UK: Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 67,189 sold this year. 49,692 Volkswagen Golf and 34,910 Nissan Qashqai 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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