Best-selling cars 2014

Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta
7 Jan, 2015 9:48am Sam Naylor

We run down the UK's favourite cars of 2014: here are the top 10 best-selling cars of the year

At Auto Express we test every new car that goes on sale in the UK but ultimately it's you, the car buying public, who are the final arbitors of whether a car succeeds or fails. The top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2014 were all success stories in their own right. Scroll down the page for the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders list in full.   

Best-selling cars 2015

Of course, some small-volume cars, like sports cars or dedicated off-roaders, won't sell as many units in a year as these ten top bestsellers do in a single month. They have different targets but it's still all about sales in the end: each car maker obviously wants to sell as many of each model it makes as it possibly can.

Supercars, luxury saloons and large SUVs are missing from the top 10 - the buying public in the UK was clearly very fond of hatchbacks and superminis in 2014. The spread of cars included a few other bodystyles, though.

Best new cars 2014

With the usual superminis and family hatchbacks supplemented by a city car, crossover SUVs and a premium hatchback, the top 10 bestsellers reflect both the increasingly diversified product ranges offered by manufacturers and the UK public’s broadening tastes.

The top 10 best-selling cars in 2014

1. Ford Fiesta – 131,254 registrations in 2014

New car sales up again in November

The leading car in the supermini segment, Ford’s Fiesta was also the top-selling car in the UK. Ford’s finest manages to tick the practicality and economy boxes that are so crucial for any small car but it’s also a blast to drive, whether you opt for the entry-level version or the Fiesta ST hot hatch. 

2. Ford Focus – 85,140 registrations in 2014

Ford Focus 1.0 Zetec EcoBoost front action

Alongside the Fiesta, the Focus is the powerhouse of the Ford range. It’s big enough to cope with the demands of family life but sufficiently compact to keep running costs to a minimum. As we’ve come to expect from modern Fords, the driving experience is first class and the Focus is about to get a styling refresh that should enhance its appeal further.

3. Vauxhall Corsa – 81,783 registrations in 2014

Vauxhall Corsa

The new Vauxhall Corsa is the best yet, offering plenty of practicality, quality and low running costs without a high price tag. It's the closest yet to the Fiesta in terms of driving enjoyment, too. That's clearly a winning formula: it was the third-highest-selling car in 2014.

4. Volkswagen Golf – 73,880 registrations in 2014

Volkswagen Golf hatchback 2013 front action

The Volkswagen Golf is a thoroughly impressive family hatchback. It has a high quality feel that none of its mainstream rivals can match and the potential to pinch sales from premium hatches in the class above. Brilliantly-judged suspension, high-tech turbocharged engines and that classy VW image all count in its favour.

5. Vauxhall Astra – 59,689 registrations in 2014

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6T SRi front action

Vauxhall’s long-time rival for the Ford Focus continues to hold its place in the sales charts. The Astra is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class with attractive styling that’s shown-off best by the coupe-like GTC versions. 

6. Nissan Qashqai – 49,909 registrations in 2014

Nissan Qashqai Tekna 2014 front tracking

We have the Qashqai to thank for kick-starting the current crossover SUV boom. By taking compact 4x4 looks and high-riding practicality then marrying the to the polished driving dynamics of a conventional car, the Qashqai has proved a sales sensation for Nissan. The second-generation model launched in 2013.

7. Volkswagen Polo - 48,004 registrations in 2014

Volkswagen Polo front tracking

The Polo is, to all intents and purposes, the junior Golf and it mirrors the qualities of its big brother in the smaller supermini segment. Despite its compact dimensions, the Polo has that highly prized ‘big car feel’ in spades. It’s pricier than its direct rivals but that doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers.

8. Audi A3 – 45,581 registrations in 2014

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron front action

The Audi A3 uses the same platform and many of the same engines as the Volkswagen Golf but flexes its premium brand muscles to command higher prices. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working, however, because the A3 has muscled its way into the top 10 best sellers in the country.

9. Fiat 500 – 44,005 registrations in 2014

Fiat 500 front cornering

Fiat hasn’t been having the best of times recently but the 500 city car is a big, retro ray of light for the company. Such is the 500’s sales success that Fiat has expanded the family to include MPVs and hot Abarth versions. It might not be the most technically adept city car but people just love the way it looks. 

10. Nissan Juke - 39,263 registrations in 2014

New Nissan Juke 2014 front

The Nissan Juke's chunky styling and jacked-up bodystyle didn't put buyers off in 2014: it managed to creep into the top 10 best-selling cars of the year at the last minute. The facelifted version, which came out in 2014, brought a few small changes to the range - and that clearly encouraged some extra sales to boost it into the list at the end of the year.

Disqus - noscript

The follow the heard cars........ Yawn Yawn Yawn Yawn Yawn

You mean 'herd'.

Where is VAGfan/Skudfan talking about great Skodas are and how great their sales figures are? I don't see any Czech taxis in the list above...

I am here, and FYI, Skoda were 12th best selling manufacturer in the UK last year, outselling Fiat, mazda, Volvo, Mini etc etc etc. They have a 7-model range, so of the 66,100 new Skodas sold here last year, no singular model made the top 10. The only reason a Fiat is there is because the 500 is about the only car Fiat sells - when did you last see a new Punto or Brava?Skoda are now only one place behind Citroen in the New car sales table for 2014 so far, moved up a place and sales up 25% on last year, whilst most makes are rising a lot slower or declining.The UK is a nation of Ford/Vauxhall buyers anyway, blinkered sheep. Look to other countries and you'll find Skodas take Top spot, such as Finland, Poland, Czech rep etcm, and is Germanys Number 1 import, and Octavia was Western Europes 5th best selling car in Oct/Nov/Dec last year.Now taxi, Stop trolling, there's a good little boy.

The Nissan duke is amongst these cars...

You really are a sad little boy aren't you going on about crappy eastern European cars! Don't know where you are getting your info from but I know its a load of old tosh just like Skoda cars!

BTW your pro Skoda trolling remarks are laughable - your keen to point out how the UK is a nation of blinkered car buyers yet are saying that Skoda is the 12th best selling car nation in the UK. All sounds hypocritcal and condradictory. Fact is I have yet to meet a car enthusiast who aspires to own a Skoda - the lowest common denominator in the car world!!!

And you are a low-life troll. Get back under your rotting Fiat and stay there. Central. not eastern European btw, and bestsellingcars-matts blog is where the sales figures come from.You may also wish to see the SMMT website for UK sales figures, it's hardly rocket science! Anyway, I ain't feeding you anymore, I am off out to enjoy a drive in my vRS.

I think if you want to find the lowest common denominator in the world, look in the mirror.

LOL a vrs! is that supposed to impress me you low life sad specimen!I BTW think my 528i would eat your miserable little Czech car!!!!!!

or you could drive by a shop window and see yourself in your miserable Czech taxi!

Or you could go and check to see whether your italian heap has rusted away during the rain...

I should hope a car with a much bigger engine would, but then, a Superb V6 4X4 would eat your BMW, but i am not cock-waving here, I am confident enough in all departments not to worry what I drive. BMWs are not all that anyway, rather a 25 year old Skoda estelle than a Brand new BMW - less embarrassing.

OMG I am so impressed, you own a BMW, omg I can hardly contain myself...NOT! Wow, you have a penis extension, big deal. Doesn't make you any more of a person because you drive a BMW, they can still be bought for about 300 quid upwards used, so it ain't impressing me one bit. But you have that inferiority complex to contend with i guess.

When buying new cars and finding a very large amount of money for the average family, it is necessary to make sensible well thought out choices and the criteria involved means that many things have a higher priority than looks and aspirational appeal.

That's why these cars made mostly by the biggest makers are dominating. They are made to be the sensible choice for the most people, and they are (*mostly, the Fiat 500 is a bit frivolous and the Audi is a shyte car that is pushed and sold really hard through PCP deals to people that can't really afford them - we have a lot of such idiots in the UK - 4,278 to be precise).

haha, boring manky wheels!

Why wonder who buys VWS golfs!!!!

Skodas are pure shi....

skodas are shi... craps and stinks!!

Golfs are really craps!