Established brands and models dominate the top 10 list of best-selling cars in the UK, with the hatchback ruling supreme. However, latest sales figures show that some newer additions to Britain’s roads are growing in popularity, despite an overall slowdown in sales.
Britain's best-selling cars of 2018
1. Ford Fiesta – 79,416 registrations
The Fiesta has been a British favourite for decades and shows no signs of changing. The Fiesta's sales figures are well ahead of those of its closest rivals, even though it’s not the cheapest choice in the segment. This performance is well deserved, though. The supermini is hugely impressive, as our 4.5-star review proves. We particularly like its ride, handling, interior quality and smooth engine range.
2. Volkswagen Golf - 52,162 registrations
The Golf is another classic name in motoring that attracts legions of diehard fans who keep it riding high in the charts, even with pressure from VW's emissions scandal. Those concerns aside, the seventh-generation Golf, including the newly introduced facelifted version, is a consummate all-rounder. In our review, we called it the best hatchback in the world — and we stand by that assessment.
3. Vauxhall Corsa – 43,481 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 VXR version. It’s competitively priced, drives and rides well, and is designed and specced to please the car's large fan base. After slipping to fifth in 2018, the Corsa has rocketed back up to third after a bumper September. The next version - due in 2019 - should further spruce up sales.