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New car registrations: Best-selling cars in the UK


5. Nissan Qashqai – 11,808

When the Qashqai arrived back 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, Nissan’s mid-sized SUV remains the king. 

6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 10,213

A surprisingly premium entry here from Mercedes, but one that makes a lot of sense when you consider the sheer variety of drivers the A-Class would suit. With petrol, diesel and now plug-in hybrid options on the roster – as well as an overwhelming array of specifications and trim levels to choose from – the A-Class has become a real people pleaser.  

7. Mini – 8595

Strong sales in March have nudged the Brit-built Mini hatch into the top ten, and straight past best-selling stalwarts like the BMW 3 Series and VW Polo. And why not? There’s plenty to like about the retro-styled runabout, including a spacious, well-put-together interior and a range of engines that offer pep and frugality. 

8. Kia Sportage – 8374

The Sportage has become a stalwart of the top-sellers list. It’s easy on the eye and offers a satisfying driving experience that belies its affordable family transport billing, while offering class-leading load capacity and the choice of a range of efficient petrol, diesel and mild hybrid motors. 

9. BMW 3 Series – 7861

Munich’s five-star saloon reclaims its position as one of the UK’s best-sellers, seeing off competition from the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. Attractive finance options aside, a big reason for the 3 Series’ appeal is its trademark duality: at home on autobahn, A-road and avenue, it’s still one of the most competent all-rounders on sale. 

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10. Volkswagen Polo – 7348

The Polo has lost some ground in the past couple of years. It was the sixth best-selling car in 2018 and in December of that year was second only to the Fiesta. The fact remains, however, that it’s our favourite supermini on the market today. According to our reviewers, the Polo is “at once roomier, plusher, more technology rich, more pleasant to use and more polished to drive than almost any supermini on the road”.

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