Best-selling cars in the UK 2019

5 Nov, 2019 10:30am Alastair Crooks

Ford continues its great start to 2019 with three models in the top ten best-selling cars

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed the top ten best-selling cars in the UK for October 2019 and the Ford Fiesta retains its crown as the most popular car in the country.

The Fiesta was responsible for 5,138 registrations in October, taking it to 69,702 for the year to date. The Nissan Qashqai was second on the list with 4,084 registrations and the Volkswagen Golf took third spot with 3,976 registrations. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sits in fourth place with 3,630 registrations and the Ford Focus came fifth with 3,585 registrations - although it still remains the third best selling car of the year so far.

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143,251 new cars were bought over the last month, down by 6.7 per cent compared with October the previous year. Petrol car registrations fell by 3.2 per cent compared to October 2018 while EV sales have gone up by 28.9 per cent.

So the Ford Fiesta remains the best-selling car in Britain, but which other models made the top ten best-selling cars of the year so far? Read on to find out…

Top ten best-selling cars - 2019

1. Ford Fiesta – 69,702 registrations

The Ford Fiesta remains top of the best-selling cars list as we pass the halfway mark. The only car to top 5,000 registrations in October, the Fiesta is now almost 20,000 ahead of its nearest rival.

2. Volkswagen Golf – 50,468 registrations

The Volkswagen Golf takes the second podium position, just pipping the Ford Focus. The Golf was the third best selling car in October with over 3,976 new registrations despite the next-generation Golf being due out in early 2020. 

3. Ford Focus – 49,517 registrations

While the Ford Fiesta tops the table, the Focus has droppd a place to third. The Focus comes in a respectable fifth this month with 3,585 and for 2019 so far it just edges the Vauxhall Corsa by less than 200 registrations.

4. Vauxhall Corsa – 49,341 registrations

The Vauxhall Corsa sits in an impressive fourth place despite not featuring in the top 10 for October. With a new Corsa on the horizon, it may be no surprise that sales are slowing down a little for the current generation.

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 46,923 registrations

The Mercedes A-Class stays in fifth place despite being arguably the most premium car on the list. With 3,630 new registrations the A-Class sits in a healthy fourth place for October. 

6. Nissan Qashqai – 46,569 registrations

The Nissan Qashqai has jumped up to second place for last month's sales, managing 4,084 registrations. It remains the best-selling SUV in the UK for 2019.

7. MINI – 34,387 registrations

The MINI has climbed to seventh place overall in the latter half of 2019, despite a poor October where it sits outside the top 10. MINI will be hoping the recently revealed MINI Electric will help boost sales when it arrives. 

8. Ford Kuga – 33,848 registrations

The Ford Kuga retains eighth-place beating the Polo by over 1,000 registrations. It’s the third Ford in the top 10 showing that, while competition is fierce, Ford are still favoured by Brits. The Kuga managed 3,041 new registrations last month and was the sixth best-selling car of October.

9. Volkswagen Polo – 32,257 registrations

The Polo clinched ninth spot in October with 2,191 registrations and it also sits in ninth for 2019 so far. With 32,257 registrations in 2019, the Polo sits some way off its Golf sibling's 50,468. 

10. Kia Sportage – 30,815 registrations

The Kia Sportage stays in the top 10 with a strong showing in October. 2,588 new registrations saw the South Korean SUV take seventh spot. The Sportage's 2019 year-to-date shows that the old days of Kia being an outside choice are long behind them.  

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