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, 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. 5302 buyers have flocked to the Volkswagen Golf so far this year, while the next two are also VW big-hitters; the Polo, at 4240, and the Tiguan at 3738.

Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

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. 6954, 6121 and 4925 have found owners respectively so far this year.

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Croatia: Renault Clio

It's all change in Croatia; in 2016, the best-sellers were the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris, while this year, the Renault ClioSkoda Octavia and Opel Astra take the top three, with 1804, 1621 and 1048 sales respectively.

Czechia: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here - the Skoda Octavia has sold 11935 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which has sold 9169, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid takes third, with 6833 sold.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe this year is in Denmark, where 4873 208s found homes so far, while the next best-seller is the Nissan Qashqai, of which 3965 were sold. Trailing in third place was the Volkswagen Golf; 2886 have found homes this year.

Estonia: Skoda Octavia

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the Skoda Octavia takes pole position having sold 482 cars, while 416 and 360 units put the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Avensis in second and third place respectively.

Finland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda claims another victory in Finland with the Octavia – 2583 were sold there this year so far. Second place was taken by the Nissan Qashqai, although only slightly less – 2282 – were sold across the year. The Toyota Yaris took third place with 2008 sales.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car across this year is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 52,290 take it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 45,167 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, was overtaken last year from third by the Peugeot 3008, with 38083 sold.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen takes back its 1, 2, 3 in Germany, but there's change at third place - the Golf has sold 80,171 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 30,740, while the Ford Focus now fights the Volkswagen Tiguan for third. The Tiguan wins though, with 29,591, re-overtaking the Focus.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece again, with 2780 cars sold, compared to the second-place Peugeot 208’s 2185 units sold. Third goes to the Fiat Panda; 2135 have Greek homes across 2018 so far.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it's made there -  the model sold 5665 units there so far this year. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 2792 down in second place, and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has sold 2210.

Ireland: Nissan Qashqai

Hyundai had well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016 and 2017, but has this year been usurped by the Nissan Qashqai, which sold 3030 units this year so far to the Hyundai's 2908. The Volkswagen Golf completes the top three, with 2660 sales.

Italy: Fiat Panda

Nationalism wins, once again, with a Fiat 1, 2, 3 – the Fiat Panda is the best-selling car so far this year, with 57,179 finding homes. The Fiat 500, having shifted 25,955, while the 500X was a close third on 25,658. 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 405 sold overall. The Nissan Qashqai - last year's best-seller - came in second, having sold 316 units, while the third-place Volkswagen Passat sold 233. 

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 has found 1277 homes, while the Fiat 500X overtook the Skoda Octavia last year to become second best-seller, on 776. The Octavia sunk to third with 510.

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 Renault Clio snatched third from the Audi A3. Sales were 1140, 480 and 477 respectively.

Netherlands: Volkswagen Polo

It's all change for the Dutch! The Renault Clio has been ousted from its top spot and into fourth place - the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Kia Picanto make up the big three, with 7171, 5451, and 5079 sales. 

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 4639 sold. The Golf slipped into second place, at 3891 - thank you, e-Golf. The BMW i3 slipped from second to third place, at 2450. 

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 8714 and Fabia taking 8484 sales in the country. The Opel Astra took third, on 6732. 

Portugal: Renault Clio

French and small cars dominate the podium in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 6988 as the country’s best-seller, and the Peugeot 208 and Renault Captur sold 3467 and 3285.

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 7066 garages, and the latter parked in 3032. The Skoda Octavia took third place with 1600, and Sandero 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 2421 Slovakians, and the Octavia was bought by 2190. The Rapid, in third place, sold 1543.

Slovenia: Renault Clio

The Volkswagen Golf climbed to second in the Slovenian market in 2017 where it has stayed; with 1344 sales ensure its lead over the Polo, which sold 1418. First place goes to the Renault Clio, though, with 1848 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 16,682 and 16,065 finding a place in the sun so far this year, and the wallet-friendly Dacia Sandero's 13,334 sales give it third place. 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 13,596, followed by the XC60, with 6984 sales. The Golf was pushed down into third place; 6887 leaves it just below second 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. 3628 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 2986 and 2076 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

UK: Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 47,515 sold this year. 33,057 Volkswagen Golf and 26,127 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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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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