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Best-selling cars in the UK

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6 December 2021

What’s hot and what’s not? The SMMT’s new car registrations data reveals all, so we’ve been studying the most recent figures to find out which are Britain’s best-selling new cars.

The latest numbers have shown which cars have drawn the biggest sales since the start of 2021, with some retaining a market stronghold against the odds while others fight their way onto the best-sellers list for the first time.

Best-selling cars 2021

1. Vauxhall Corsa 38,306

The usual runner-up to the Ford Fiesta in the supermini class once again finds itself in the overall top spot, with a sales figure almost 10,000 higher than the second place model. It’s Vauxhall’s best-seller in Britain. Its new PSA-developed underpinnings look sure to keep the Corsa in the top 10 best-sellers list, with the new pure-electric version bolstering its popularity.

2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 29,510

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has held a top-ranking position for most of 2021. Its success makes a lot of sense when you consider the sheer variety of drivers it suits, with a selection of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options plus an overwhelming array of specifications and trim levels to choose from.

3. Volkswagen Polo 29,478

Volkswagen’s ever-popular small hatchback makes a strong return to the top three. A refreshed model is on the way, with Volkswgaen’s now characteristic lightbar and a fresh new design, and a new GTI model was also recently announced, retaining its 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and traditional sporting design features.

4. Volkswagen Golf 28,666

The Volkswagen Golf falls to fourth spot this week after several months of butting heads with the Corsa. The eighth-generation car represents a more radical departure from its predecessor than any iteration since the fifth, with improved dynamics and a radically overhauled interior the headline changes.

5. Nissan Qashqai 27,800

When the Nissan Qashqai first arrived in 2006, it heralded the birth of the crossover class, which is now the most crowded and in-demand segment in the UK. Even now, 14 years later and with nearly 30 well-rounded opponents to fend off, the Qashqai remains the king. It put in another strong showing in November to place fifth in the sales chart.

6. Kia Sportage 27,297

We will get a completely new Kia Sportage next year, yet the current model continues to perform in the UK market. It was just beaten in a head-to-head battle with the similar-size Qashqai in November, registering a total of 27,297 units so far this year. Its selection of versatile powertrains mean the SUV should stay in contention until the end of the year.

7. Mini 3dr/5dr 26,899

The Mini hatchback is rather old now, but its sales figures show that it can still attract customers like it always has. It has sold 26,899 units so far this year.

8. Ford Fiesta 27,000

The Ford Fiesta has been the UK’s best-selling new car every year since 2009 but slips down to eighth place as we near the end of 2021. The model has been outmuscled by the Corsa in the supermini ranks this year, but it still remains a popular model, with its ability to blend efficiency with dynamism and charm. Sales will likely be bolstered next year as the Fiesta gains a refreshed design and tech upgrades.

9. Ford Puma 26,870

The Ford Puma crossover has proven a hit with buyers, likely as a result of its attractive pricing and surprisingly keen dynamics. The ranks have swollen recently with the addition of a plush Vignale trim and a warm-blooded ST version. It turns out that building a car for one of the UK’s most popular segments on the underpinnings of the country’s favourite supermini was a shrewd idea.

10. BMW 3 Series 26,115

The BMW 3 Series ends November as the best compact executive car in the business. More than 15 million examples have been sold across the globe over the past four-and-a-half decades, and the all-round performance of the current model is incredibly hard to fault. It drives well, it’s comfortable, the on-board technology is cutting-edge and the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant capable of 30 miles on electric power alone means its appeal is as wide as ever.


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