Last year was a positive one for the automotive industry, with the UK experiencing its best year for car sales since the pandemic.
More than 1.9 million new cars were registered – but one stood out among the rest. The Ford Puma was the best-selling car in the UK in 2023, becoming the first Ford to top the charts since the Ford Fiesta’s 12-year run ended in 2020.
However, the market looks like it could be even more hotly contested than ever before in 2024.
So, which cars are top 10 best-sellers in the UK so far? See the year-to-date list below, starting from January 2024, using data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders:
Best-selling cars in the UK in 2024 so far
1. Kia Sportage - 4239 units
The Kia Sportage had a good year in 2023, finishing fourth in the UK sales charts. And it has started 2024 strongly, currently at the top of the table, with 4239 units sold.
Consistency is key for this crossover, which entered its fifth generation at the tail end of 2022, sporting an eye-catching design, on-trend powertrains and strong value for money.
Read our Kia Sportage review
2. Ford Puma – 4201 units
Last year's best-selling car, the Ford Puma, looks set to continue its success into 2024, having finished January just 38 units behind the Sportage.
The crossover still impresses us, thanks to its fun driving dynamics and attractive pricing, and a fun-filled ST variant tops the range.
It may not be the Fiesta we all know and love, but it’s a good, capable alternative nonetheless. It even outsold the Transit and Transit Custom vans, which is no mean feat.
Read our Ford Puma review
3. Nissan Qashqai – 4008 units
The Nissan Qashqai – the best-seller of 2022 – finished 2023 in second place, but it’s still hot on the heels of the Puma and the Sportage at the start of 2024.
The British-built crossover continues to appeal to buyers here through its excellent practicality. Its appeal has no doubt been bolstered by the addition of electrified powertrains for its third generation.
Read our Nissan Qashqai review