The figures are in for January 2018 - which cars have you been buying more than anything else?
5 February 2018

Established brands and models dominate the top 10 list of best-selling cars in the UK and the hatchback rules supreme. However, the latest sales figures show that some newer additions to Britain’s roads are growing in popularity, despite an overall slowing down of market sales.

Britain's best-selling cars of 2018: 

1: Ford Fiesta – 8335 registrations

The Fiesta has been a British favourite for decades and that shows no signs of changing, even though the latest incarnation is now eight years old and its replacement is soon to arrive. Its sales figures are well ahead of the closest rivals', even though it’s not the cheapest choice in the segment. The Fiesta's sales performance is well deserved, though. The Ford supermini as hugely impressive, as our four-star review proves. We particularly like its ride and handling, interior quality and smooth engine range.

2: Volkswagen Golf - 4310 registrations

The Golf is another classic name in motoring that attracts legions of diehard fans to keep it riding high in the charts, even with Volkswagen’s recent scandal. Emissions concerns aside, the seventh-generation Golf, including newly introduced facelifted version, is a consummate all-rounder - so much so that it was actually June's best-selling car. In our 4.5-star review, we called it the best hatchback in the world, and we’ll stand by that assessment.

3: Ford Focus – 4105 registrations

The Focus has delivered an outstanding drive since it replaced the Escort with aplomb in 1998, offering impressive road manners at a volume price. It has been so good, in fact, that we were slightly disappointed by the diluted dynamics of the latest version. However, as our review notes, it’s still a very appealing, complete car. It looks good, has a strong, economical engine range and offers a lot of quality for its price.

4: Nissan Qashqai – 3851 registrations

Is it really a decade since Nissan’s now ubiquitous crossover first arrived? Its blend of hatchback size and SUV pretensions have proved a huge draw for customers and it’s now the best-selling small SUV in the country, leaving a trail of imitators in its wake. The second-generation model, released in 2014, keeps dynamic, economic and interior standards high, garnering a 4.5-star review from our road test team. No wonder it’s holding firm in the sales charts.

5: Vauxhall Mokka X – 3767 registrations

Vauxhall's Mokka X occupies the hotly-contested small SUV segment, along with the likes of the Seat Arona and Nissan Juke. The Mokka has always been one of Vauxhall's strongest cars in the UK, appearing in the lower half of the monthly top ten frequently, although sales are never strong enough to keep it there over rivals from overseas. It's currently the best-selling car in its segment in the UK, though, with the top SUV, the Nissan Qashqai, occupying the market segment above the Mokka X. 

6: Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 3358 registrations

Mercedes' smallest model climbs from tenth last year to sixth so far in 2018, stretching its lead over rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series close behind. There's a new model arriving in showrooms later this year, which can both help sales with the excitement of a new model and deals available on examples of the outgoing car, and hinder them, with the changeover period required to introduce a new car to market. 

7: Kia Sportage – 2622 registrations

Testament to the strength of the SUV in 2018 is the Kia Sportage - a new entry into the top 10, and a rival to the Nissan Qashqai. It's the second-best-selling SUV on the market, in a top ten more populated by the high-riding models than ever before. Sales are buoyant after exactly two years of being on forecourts, although at such an early stage of the year and with several direct rivals arriving in the coming months, whether it retains its lofty position is yet to be seen. 

8: Vauxhall Corsa – 2587 registrations

The Corsa is another established doyen in the UK and Vauxhall’s perennial rival to the Fiesta. The latest generation arrived in 2014 and offers something for most people, from the 74bhp 1.4-litre petrol option to the 202bhp snorting VXR version. It’s competitively priced, drives and rides well and is designed and specced to please the car's large fan base. It's slid from fifth overall last year to eighth this year, although a facelifted version - overdue in the average product life cycle - should spruce up sales.

9: Ford Kuga – 2580 registrations

Britain's fourth-best-selling SUV, and ninth best-seller overall is the Kuga, as Ford's hold on the UK market strengthens in 2018. It's decent-handling, refined and rides well, as well as having that magic combination of being an SUV and having the blue oval on its snout and rear, so it's little wonder it's sold so well, so far. Just seven cars separated the Kuga from the Vauxhall Corsa in January.

10: Mercedes-Benz C-Class - 2478 registrations

It’s unusual for a premium car to find itself in the top 10, but it’s testament to the C-Class’s appeal, particularly among fleet customers, that it’s shifting so many units for Mercedes. Looking like a miniature S-Class doesn’t hurt the latest version, which was launched in 2014. It’s an excellent offering that garnered a four-star review from our test team, who fell for its high-quality interior and alluring looks. Good residual values do it no harm, either.

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6 September 2016
Surely its only a matter of time before the Astra and Corsa overtake the sales of the Focus and Fiesta? We all know the Corsa is a light makeover of the previous version, but its still a very capable, fresher offering than the Fiesta. The Astra seems to be well rated and looks good to me, and again, a newer alternative. On the evidence of its latest offerings, the Fiesta may well lose its dynamic advantages with the replacement model, so maybe then other manufacturers will take a lead on the ever popular Ford.

6 September 2016
I can't see Vauxhall outselling Ford anytime soon. Cars don't sell to the masses on their dynamic ability, so no matter how much Ford dilutes the driving experience of the forthcoming Fiesta, I'm sure it will still reign supreme in the sales chart. If you think back to the late eighties/early nineties when the Fiesta and Escort were well off the pace dynamically, they still outsold all their rivals.

TS7

6 September 2016
...well, guessing, that on the very rare occasions the Corsa has outsold the Fiesta it's been nothing more than a statistical blip. It might happen during the odd month, but never over the course of a year, for example.

TS7

6 September 2016
...but in europe as a whole the Corsa did indeed outsell the Fiesta from 1997 to 2004, 2007 & 2008. Though my previous comments refer to the UK only.

4 November 2016
catnip wrote:

Surely its only a matter of time before the Astra and Corsa overtake the sales of the Focus and Fiesta? We all know the Corsa is a light makeover of the previous version, but its still a very capable, fresher offering than the Fiesta. The Astra seems to be well rated and looks good to me, and again, a newer alternative. On the evidence of its latest offerings, the Fiesta may well lose its dynamic advantages with the replacement model, so maybe then other manufacturers will take a lead on the ever popular Ford.

Considering all fords are made in the EU, they are best placed to receive tariffs on their all their cars. Vauxhall on the other hand do produce the Astra in the uk so hopefully this time in a few years it will be topping the charts. 3 out of 10 cars made in the uk just goes to show how the uk has lost out in car production while being in the EU membership with Germany clearly the biggest winner.

No Honda and Toyota just goes to show how obsessed the British are with German junk even though the Japanese have far far superior reliability. We act like we have pride in our country yet buy nothing that we make ourselves and support OUR economy. It shameless

5 April 2017
GODFATHER wrote:
catnip wrote:

Surely its only a matter of time before the Astra and Corsa overtake the sales of the Focus and Fiesta? We all know the Corsa is a light makeover of the previous version, but its still a very capable, fresher offering than the Fiesta. The Astra seems to be well rated and looks good to me, and again, a newer alternative. On the evidence of its latest offerings, the Fiesta may well lose its dynamic advantages with the replacement model, so maybe then other manufacturers will take a lead on the ever popular Ford.

Considering all fords are made in the EU, they are best placed to receive tariffs on their all their cars. Vauxhall on the other hand do produce the Astra in the uk so hopefully this time in a few years it will be topping the charts. 3 out of 10 cars made in the uk just goes to show how the uk has lost out in car production while being in the EU membership with Germany clearly the biggest winner.

No Honda and Toyota just goes to show how obsessed the British are with German junk even though the Japanese have far far superior reliability. We act like we have pride in our country yet buy nothing that we make ourselves and support OUR economy. It shameless

How has the UK lost in car production whilst in EU? Vauxhall has been part of GM for decades prior to PSA ownership. Rover , Bentley RR all sold off. BL a disaster way before joining EU. Even though most volume manufacturers are foreign owned production has grown.
Don't count on the Astra being kept in U.K. Opel Poland manufactures it along with Buicks using cheaper labour. Would not be surprised if PSA use economies of scale and transfer everything to Europe in the long term.

4 November 2016
catnip wrote:

Surely its only a matter of time before the Astra and Corsa overtake the sales of the Focus and Fiesta? We all know the Corsa is a light makeover of the previous version, but its still a very capable, fresher offering than the Fiesta. The Astra seems to be well rated and looks good to me, and again, a newer alternative. On the evidence of its latest offerings, the Fiesta may well lose its dynamic advantages with the replacement model, so maybe then other manufacturers will take a lead on the ever popular Ford.

Registrations for October 2016: Vauxhall Astra- 4985 (second best selling car); Ford Focus- 4096 (sixth best selling car).
I however think this is more a one off than a long term trend.
Source: SMMT

5 June 2017
catnip wrote:

Surely its only a matter of time before the Astra and Corsa overtake the sales of the Focus and Fiesta?

Who knows. It is interesting that while other manufacturers are madly introducing high-tech new models all the time, Ford continues to knock out ancient designs like the Fiesta and Focus year after year and hey're best sellers.

6 September 2016
The Fiesta is a superb drive, the Corsa isn't.

6 September 2016
2nd that

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