Best-selling cars in the UK 2020

The Ford Fiesta maintains the title of best-selling car in the UK 2020 despite coming second in March to the Volkswagen Golf

Ever wondered what the best-selling car in the UK is? Well the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed the top 10 for April 2020 and as we predicted, the Tesla Model 3 has taken top spot.

Tesla's all-electric saloon managed 658 sales to nail first place in April, it remains outside the top 10 for the year, however. Another all-electric car came second in April - the Jaguar I-Pace managed 367 units. 

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Coming in at third for April is the Vauxhall Corsa. The Corsa's total of 264 for April wouldn't usually get close to the top ten but the car industry is reeling from the effects of coronavirus with buyers staying away from showrooms.

The Ford Fiesta still tops the charts with 15,952 for 2020, despite dropping out of the top ten in April. 

Total new car sales were down by 97.3% in April compared to April 2019, with petrol cars down 98.5% and diesel cars down 97.6%. Plug-in hybrid cars were down 95.1% in April and electrified vehicles as a whole were down 9.7%.

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  – 15,897 registrations

Despite the Ford Fiesta's poor sales performance in April, it's outright was extended by 15 units over the Volkswagen Golf. The supermini managed just 55 sales for the month, meaning it dropped out of the top 10 for April. 

2. Volkswagen Golf – 14,627 registrations

2019's second best-selling car had a terrible April, managing only 40 sales. The Volkswagen Golf's bumper month in February has helped it retain second place but the coronavirus is showing even cars that usually perform well can struggle.

3. Ford Focus – 14,092 registrations

The Ford Focus is sitting comfortably in third for 2020. A poor April didn't impact it's position on the overall chart, despite it dropping out of the top 10 for the month. A new Volkswagen Golf coming out this year will make life more difficult in future however. 

4. Vauxhall Corsa – 12,328 registrations

The Vauxhall Corsa was the UK's fourth best-selling car in 2019 and it's staying fourth for 2020 so far. A third place in April did little to help its overall sales record for the year however with just 264 cars sold - highlighting the devastating impact the nationwide lockdown has been on car sales.

5. Nissan Qashqai – 11,857 registrations

The Qashqai had a strong start to 2020 with 4,608 registrations in January but it had a disappointing February with only 1,293 registrations. March was a much healthier showing for the popular crossover with 5,907 registrations. April follows the general form for the industry - only 49 Qashqai's were sold.

6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 10,285 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 sixth place so far this year, an eighth place in April sounds much worse when you factor in only 72 A-Class' were sold. 

7. MINI MINI Cooper - 8,617 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. A new all-electric model should help expand the car's popularity with emission-conscious buyers.

8. Kia Sportage - 8,429 registrations

The Kia Sportage did not feature in the top 10 for February but the Korean SUV did have a strong January and March. With 8,429 registrations in 2020, it's the second best-selling SUV in the UK this year. It keeps it's eighth-place despite dropping out of the top 10 for April. 

9. BMW 3 Series - 7,900 registrations

The BMW 3 Series dropped out of the top 10 for April with just 39 registration but remains in the top 10 for the year with 7,900 registrations so far. It remains the best-selling saloon car in the UK.

10. Volkswagen Polo – 7,355 registrations

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo clinched ninth spot in 2019 with 37,453 registrations. It only managed 7 registrations for April, suggesting the Polo is feeling the effect of buyers not being able to visit showrooms.

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