Best-selling cars in the UK 2020

The Vauxhall Corsa makes up ground on the Ford Fiesta as the race for Britain's best-selling car heats up

Ever wondered what the best-selling car in the UK is? Well, the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has all the answers and below we've got the latest information of the top 10 cars that have registered the most units in the UK for 2020 to date.

The SMMT has just revealed the top 10 best selling cars for September 2020 and the Vauxhall Corsa has taken top spot with 10,553 sales. Despite coming first last month, the Corsa remains second behind the best-selling car of the year so far, the Ford Fiesta.

Ford's ever-popular hatchback managed 9,545 sales, an upturn from the 3,372 sales it made in August - partly thanks to the introduction of new 70-plate registrations.  

Coming in at third for September is the Mercedes A-Class. The premium hatchback totalled 8,085 for the month is a huge leap on its previous month where it was the sixth best-selling car.

Total new car sales were down 4.4 per cent from September. Petrol cars were down 20.9 per cent and diesel cars down 38.4 per cent. Plug-in hybrid cars were up 138.6 per cent in September and electrified vehicles as a whole were up 184.3 per cent.

Scroll down below to see the full top 10 list of the best-selling cars in the UK in 2020… 

Top ten best-selling cars 2020

1. Ford Fiesta  – 39,436 registrations

The Ford Fiesta made 3,372 sales taking it to first place for August but drops to second in September with 9,545. Despite a lockdown of dealerships across the country, the Fiesta remains the best-selling car for 2020 so far. 

2. Vauxhall Corsa – 35,735 registrations

The Vauxhall Corsa was the UK's fourth best-selling car in 2019 and it's doing two better so far in 2020. A first place in June and July has helped solidify is position for the year with 5,455 sold in July. The Corsa dropped to fifth for August with just 2,081 sales, but a bumper September has helped propel the Corsa to second place for the year so far.  A new electric e-Corsa will help bump up numbers as EVs continue to grow in popularity.

3. Volkswagen Golf – 31,183 registrations

2019's second best-selling car is recovering from poor lockdown sales. The Golf had a disappointing sixth place finish for June 2020 and a fourth place in July, but placed second for August with 2,570. 6,788 sales in September was only good enough for fifth spot but with the Ford Focus performing poorly, the Volkswagen Golf jumps up to third for 2020. 

4. Ford Focus – 31,142 registrations

The Ford Focus had a September to forgot with just 5,625 sales - the tenth best-selling car for the month. That means it drops to fourth for the year so far. 

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 27,455 registrations

Prior to lockdown, the A-Class sold well thanks to its premium image and competitive finance deals from Mercedes. The A-Class came fifth last year with 53,724 registrations and sits in fifth place so far this year. 8,085 sales in September was good enough to place it third for the month. 

6. Nissan Qashqai – 25,308 registrations

The Qashqai had a strong start to 2020 with 4,608 registrations in January but lockdown followed the general form for the industry - only 49 Qashqai's were sold in April. The Qashqai returned to form in July with 2,971 units sold, but fell out of the top 10 for August. 6,572 sales for September has steadied the ship as the best-selling SUV stays sixth for the year.

7. MINI - 22,741 registrations

The MINI has had a strong 2020, but it too succumbed to the issues of lockdown - only 22 MINI Coopers were sold in April and it dropped out of the top ten for May. June saw the MINI perform much better with 3,400 units sold it came fifth for the month. July saw a drop with only 2,906 registrations and it fell out of the top 10 for August. There were 6,213 MINIs sold in September - the eighth best for the month.  A new all-electric model should help expand the car's popularity with emission-conscious buyers.

8. Volkswagen Polo – 21,929 registrations

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo clinched ninth spot in 2019 with 37,453 registrations. Due to lockdown it only managed 7 registrations for April and remained outside the top ten for May. The German supermini only managed 1,466 sales in August, but performed much better in September with 7,417 units sold - the fourth best for the month. 

9. Volkswagen Tiguan - 18,830 registrations

The Volkswagen Tiguan emerged into the top ten for the year in July with 2,880 cars sold for the month. August saw another strong showing with 1,645 sales - more than any other SUV for the month. It dropped out of the top ten for September but the Tiguan is remains the second best-selling SUV for 2020 after the Qashqai. 

10. Kia Sportage - 17,615 registrations

The Kia Sportage takes the Toyota Yaris' tenth spot despite not appearing in the top ten for September. Kia's mid-sized SUV is also the brand's best-selling car in the UK this year. 

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