Best-selling cars in the UK

9 months ago - 8 September 2022, autocar
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Vauxhall Corsa still the UK's most popular car, with 25,941 sold so far this year

What's hot and what's not? The SMMT's latest new car registrations data reveals which cars are capturing the hearts and wallets of British buyers – and which are slipping down in the popularity stakes. 

Here, we look at the top-selling cars of 2022 so far.

In 2021, the Vauxhall Corsa topped the rankings after an unusual year as the market was hit hard by the semiconductor shortage and the pandemic. How that will influence the cars in the top 10 remains to be seen, but at the end of August, the Corsa was once again in top spot.

Read on to see who else has made the top 10.

The best-selling cars of 2022

1 Vauxhall Corsa, 25,941 cars sold so far this year

The revamped Corsa supermini had a successful 2021, finishing as the UK’s best-selling car. Its success is in part due to its PSA-developed underpinnings and mix of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains. It has tightly held on to first place so far this year, and its success looks likely to continue.

2 Ford Puma, 21,881

Another positive month for Ford’s popular compact crossover means it retains third place for the second consecutive month in a row. Its driving dynamics and attractive pricing are the key draws for owners, and the range has recently swollen with the addition of a plush Vignale trim and a warm-blooded ST version.

3 Nissan Qashqai, 20,023

A successful month means Nissan’s best-selling family SUV is in third place, with a total of 20,023 sales for the year so far. A new hybrid variant will no doubt increase the popularity of the model even further as buyers eye a first step into electrification.

4 Mini 3dr/5dr, 19,928

Despite its age, the Mini hatchback continues to be as popular as ever. It finished 2021 in third place, ahead of superminis such as the Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Yaris. With a versatile line-up of petrol, electric, convertible and John Cooper Works performance variants, the Mini can always be relied on for drivability and alluring looks. A new Mini is set to arrive in 2023.  

5 Kia Sportage, 19,194

The new Kia Sportage stays in fifth place for the fourth month in a row, but the model is still hot on the tail of the Mini. The fifth-generation SUV is once again proving a smash hit for the firm, thanks to its eye-catching design, on-trend powertrains and strong value for money.

6 Hyundai Tucson, 18,912

The fourth SUV in the top ten, the Hyundai Tucson regularly appeared in the top 10 last year. It continues to state its claim to be one of the best-selling SUVs in the country, and was renewed in 2021 with a new front end with a unique, eye-catching lighting set-up. 

7 Volkswagen Golf 16,354

Now well into its eighth generation, the Volkswagen Golf continues to contend as one of the top-selling cars in the UK. Its latest line-up features pure-ICE, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with performance models ranging from the Golf GTE to the four-wheel drive Golf R. Volkswagen has sold 16,354 of them in the UK this year so far. 

8 Kia Niro, 16,253

The Kia Niro drops to eighth place in August. It’s still proving to be one of the best ways to dip your toe into electrification, with competent hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants and a class-leading electric one. Kia has renewed the popular crossover, making it slightly larger and giving it updated powertrains and a new exterior design.

9 Ford Kuga, 15,055

We’re used to the Fiesta being Ford’s second entry into the top 10, but this time around it’s the larger Kuga SUV. The model is the American firm’s entry into a crowded segment currently led by the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008. It was updated in 2020 with a softened design, a more spacious interior and economical plug-in powertrains. 

10 Vauxhall Mokka 14,086

The recently updated Mokka compact crossover is Vauxhall's second model in the top 10 for August car sales. An almost entirely different proposition to the old, General Motors-built Mokka, the new car features a bold new design and a host of punchy Stellantis powertrains.

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