Best-selling cars in the UK 2018

The Ford Fiesta tops the best-selling car list in the UK with a further 6,222 registrations in July

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has updated its UK top ten best-selling cars list for 2018, having revealed up-to-date figures for July.

Once again, the Ford Fiesta continues to top the chart having taken another 6,222 registrations last month, comfortably ahead of the Volkswagen Golf in second place.

• New car sales fall in June

The German hatchback claimed 5,582 registrations over the same period, while the VW Polo took third with 3,847.

July saw new car sales stabilise after a 3.5 per cent fall in registrations in June; 1.2 per cent fewer vehicles were registered last month than over the same period in 2017.

Plummeting diesel sales contributed to this with a 24.4 per cent fall, although sales of alternative fuel vehicles rose by 23.8 per cent.

The last 18 months have proved testing for the car industry thanks to uncertainty over Brexit, the announcement of a non-electrified car sales ban for 2040, and the introduction of new VED road tax rates with more severe tariffs on emissions.

• Brexit offers “no advantages” to UK carmakers, say MPs

And while 2017 was still the third-biggest year in a decade for car sales, industry experts fear a further decline in the market over the course of 2018.

So the Ford Fiesta remains the best-selling car in Britain, but which other models make up the top ten? Read on to find out, or check out last year’s results…

Top ten best-selling cars 20181. Ford Fiesta – 62,637 registrations

The Ford Fiesta finished 2017 as the best-selling car in the UK, and it’s set to do the same again in 2018, having outsold its closest rival by over 17,000 registrations to date. 6,222 new Fiestas hit the road in July, comfortably ahead of its nearest rivals.

2. Volkswagen Golf – 45,512 registrations

Second in the final 2017 top ten standings, the Volkswagen Golf is also second overall in the 2018 rankings having secured a further 5,582 registrations in July. While its performance is strong, it’ll take an almighty effort for the Golf to overhaul the Fiesta from hereon in.

3. Nissan Qashqai – 33,536 registrations

Starting 2018 in fourth place, the Nissan Qashqai has performed steadily in the charts and now sits in the final podium place. In 2017 it was the most popular SUV in Britain, but the Vauxhall Mokka X stole an early march in the race for that title in the first two months of this year. Since then though, the Qashqai has reclaimed its crown, while the Mokka X has disappeared from the top ten altogether.

4. Ford Focus – 32,899 registrations

Not content with securing first place with the Fiesta, Ford has also secured fourth overall with the Ford Focus. A poor July by its standards has seen the Nissan Qashqai leap above the Focus into third: the drop in sales could be caused by customers waiting for the new model, which is due on the roads in September…

5. Vauxhall Corsa – 31,637 registrations

Vauxhall is a brand that desperately needs to show some promise in 2018, and 3,670 registrations of the Corsa in July have given the car maker a boost. It finished fifth in the best-selling list last year, and Vauxhall will want to hang on to that position, especially having lost the Mokka X from this year’s top ten…

6. Volkswagen Polo – 25,874 registrations

The Volkswagen Polo made a quiet start to 2018, but after 3,847 registrations in July, its consistency in the showrooms has been rewarded with a place in the top ten list. With the VW Golf running in second, the German brand will be pleased that another of its models is performing well in the UK.

7. MINI – 25,704 registrations

After breaking into the top ten best selling cars list back in March, the MINI now sits in seventh place overall. Its distinctive styling and great driving dynamics are still managing to attract customers: 2,063 of them purchased a MINI in July.

8. Ford Kuga – 24,650 registrations

Another Ford in the top ten, ensuring there’s no place in the 2018 best-selling list for former regulars such as the Vauxhall Astra. Its boot might be a tad smaller than some rivals’, but lots of passenger space is a strong selling point.

9. Mercedes A-Class – 22,842 registrations

Scraping into the top ten overall in 2017, the Mercedes A-Class looks set to secure another top ten finish in 2018. The hatchback has made headlines in recent months with an all-new model being unveiled, ensuring strong interest in the car.

10. Mercedes C-Class – 21,872 registrations

Ninth in the overall best-selling cars list in 2016 and 2017, once again the Mercedes C-Class has crept into the top ten in the first few months of 2018. Strong fleet sales have always aided the C-Class towards this end, and the German brand plans to capitalise on its popularity with a newly facelifted model…

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