The Ford Fiesta was comfortably the best-selling car in Britain in 2018, with 95,892 examples of the supermini being snapped up during the year.
In total, 2,367,147 new cars were registered in the UK in 2018, a decline of nearly 7% on 2017 levels. Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the Fiesta was the most-registered new car in Britain, outselling the second-placed Volkswagen Golf by more than 30,000 units.
Britain's best-selling cars of 2018
1. Ford Fiesta – 95,892 registrations
The Fiesta has been a British favourite for decades and this shows no signs of changing. The car's sales figures are well ahead of those of its closest rivals, even though it’s not the cheapest choice in the segment. The latest version of the Blue Oval's supermini scored an impressive 4.5-star review from Autocar's road testers. We particularly like its ride, handling, interior quality and smooth engine range.
2. Volkswagen Golf - 64,829 registrations
The Golf is another long-established nameplate that remains popular with buyers, and the seventh-generation machine was the second-best-selling car in the UK last year. That's despite the fact that the eighth-generation Golf will be unveiled later this year.
3. Vauxhall Corsa – 52,915 registrations
The Corsa, Vauxhall's perennial rival to the Fiesta, continues to be a popular choice for motorists. The current model arrived in 2014, is competitively priced, drives and rides well, and is designed and specced to please the car's large fan base. The next version - due to be revealed later this year - should further spruce up sales, especially as the first Corsa to benefit from Vauxhall's new PSA Group owners.