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
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
5 December 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. 9503 buyers have flocked to the Volkswagen Golf so far this year, while the next two are also VW group big-hitters; the Polo, at 7661, and the Skoda Octavia at 7445.

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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. 11936, 10142 and 9447 have found owners respectively so far this year.

Croatia: Skoda Octavia

Croatia sees the continued dominance of the the Skoda Octavia this year, with the Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo again completing the top three, with 2743, 2419 and 2022 sales respectively.

Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here - the Skoda Octavia has sold 22,741 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which has sold 18,227, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid takes third, with 12,544 sold.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe this year is in Denmark, where 7917 208s found homes so far, while the next best-seller is the Nissan Qashqai, of which 7002 were sold. Trailing in third place was the Volkswagen Golf; 5183 have found homes this year.

Estonia: Skoda Octavia

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, with the Skoda Octavia taking pole position having sold 901 cars, while 738 and 732 units put the ​Toyota Rav4 and Renault Clio in second and third place respectively.

Finland: Nissan Qashqai

Nissan claims another victory in Finland with the Qashqai – 5194 were sold there this year so far. Second place was taken by the former leader - the Skoda Octavia - although nearly 700 fewer (4464) were sold across the year. The Toyota Yaris took third place with 3695 sales.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car across this year is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 103,478 take it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 86,235 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, was overtaken last year from third by the Peugeot 3008, with 72,400 sold.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen maintains its 1, 2, 3 in Germany - the Golf has sold 145,988 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 59,760, while the Tiguan now fights the Volkswagen Polo for third. The Polo wins though, with 58,789.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece again, with 5512 cars sold, compared to the second-place Fiat Panda’s 3457 units sold. Third goes to the Volkswagen Polo; 3419 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 9669 units there so far this year. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 5481 down in second place, and the Opel Astra has sold 4089.

Ireland: Nissan Qashqai

One of the toughest fought battles for top seller is taking place just west of England's shores, with the Nissan Qashqai taking back the lead from the Hyundai Tucson. The Nissan has sold 4037 units so far this year to the Hyundai's 4010. The Volkswagen Golf completes the ever-so-close top three, with 3954 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 99,945 finding homes. The Fiat 500X, having shifted 43,683, while the 500 was knocked off third by the Renault Clio, on 42,791. 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 715 sold overall. The Nissan Qashqai - last year's best-seller - came in second, having sold 607 units, while the third-place Toyota RAV4 sold 472. 

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 has found 4463 homes, while the Fiat Tipo overtook the 500X and Skoda Octavia last year to become second best-seller, on 1440. The Octavia sunk to fourth, with the Fiat 500X claiming third, at 1203.

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 Mercedes-Benz GLC took second and the Tiguan snatched third. Sales were 1712, 1018 and 1015 respectively.

Netherlands: Volkswagen Polo

The Renault Clio was recently ousted from its top spot and into second place - the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Kia Picanto now make up the big three, with 12,576, 10,872, and 9643 sales. The VW Up 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 10,375 sold. The Golf (bolstered by e-Golf sales) slipped into second place, at 7710. The BMW i3 slipped from second to third place, at 4525. 

Poland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place; the Octavia taking 17,729 and Fabia taking 16,554 sales in the country. The Opel Astra took third, on 13,264. 

Portugal: Renault Clio

French and small cars dominate the podium in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 12,295 as the country’s best-seller, and the Peugeot 208 and Renault Captur sold 5833 and 5499.

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 17,111 garages, and the latter parked in 7417. The Sandero took third place with 4691, 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 4649 Slovakians, and the Octavia was bought by 4224. The Rapid, in third place, sold 3262.

Slovenia: Renault Clio

The Volkswagen Golf dropped to third in the Slovenian market in 2018; with 2461 sales evaporating its lead over the now second-place Polo, which sold 2598. First place goes to the Renault Clio, though, with 3277 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 29,768 and 27,441 finding a place in the sun so far this year, and the Ateca's Japanese rival, the Nissan Qashqai, takes third place with 26,419. 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 one year later, the S90 and V90 are in pole position on 21,220, followed by the S60 and V60, with 14,082 sales, while the Golf takes third on 13,500.

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. 6828 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 5204 and 4941 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

UK: Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 84,980 sold this year. 55,927 Volkswagen Golf and 46,057 Vauxhall Corsa 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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