Ford continues to lead the way following with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz in the best selling cars in the UK charts. The SMMT figures showing year-to-date car sales have been released and the market was down by 1.4% in February. Overall, the market is down by 0.6% year-to-date, but even before the new 19 plate cars hit the roads there is still a huge 242,982 people driving brand new cars so far this year.
Let’s see who’s been buying what. This is the leaderboard of cars sold so far in 2019, in ascending order...
Mercedes-Benz C-Class - 3,593
The Mercedes C-Class’ presence in at number 10 shows there’s still plenty of life left in the saloon yet — this recently facelifted upmarket car is a favourite for company car drivers and private buyers.
Prices start from £30,520
Ford Kuga - 3,654 cars sold
The fact that an SUV like the Ford Kuga is outselling the likes of a popular Mercedes car model speaks volumes about just how much the market has changed. It makes sense though, where the Mondeo would previously have featured in this list, buyers have switched to bigger, more refined and safer cars like the Kuga, which is certainly one of the best in its class.
Prices start from £23,060 with 0% APR offers available.
Kia Sportage - 4,259 cars sold
This popular SUV from Kia is active now in the top 10 best sellers. The Sportage is Kia’s best-selling car in Europe as well as the UK, now in its fourth generation, it continues to be a popular choice for buyers.
Prices start from £20,305
Vauxhall Corsa - 4,403 cars sold
Vauxhall will be happier with this ranking. It’s now moved up to the 7th best selling car in the country in 2019, the Corsa is accustomed to being further up the leaderboard and much closer to its main rival, the Fiesta. Who knows, perhaps some ultra-competitive finance deals in the upcoming quarter could keep the Corsa back where it belongs…
Prices start from £11,730
Volkswagen Polo - 4,475 cars sold
Now in its sixth generation, the new Polo is flying off the shelves. VW's successful small hatchback has recently won awards for 'World Urban Car' and 'WhatCar? Small Car of the Year Award' which showcases what a great all rounder this really is.
Prices start from £14,330
Nissan Qashqai - 5,719 cars sold
The facelifted version now has high-quality leather splashed all over the interior, and the dashboard and steering wheel now look like they come from a vehicle in the class above. The fact that the Qashqai continues to be the UKs best selling SUV, speaks volumes about just how good this model really is.
Prices start from £19,995
Mercedes-Benz A Class - 5,827 cars sold
The latest facelifted model was released last year and who’d have thought the Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes’ first-ever hatchback, would feature so consistently in the top 10 best selling cars in the UK. It has sold so well for a combination of reasons. Firstly, it is available on very reasonable finance and leasing deals, and secondly, it is favoured highly buy company car owners and fleet managers, much like the C-Class.
Prices start from £23,075
Volkswagen Golf - 6,340 cars sold
The Golf is such a popular car that sells, sells and sells, and it has done so consistently since it was first introduced back in 1974. Watch this space for news on the new Golf MK8 which is due out later this year.
Prices start from £18,765
Ford Focus - 6,934 cars sold
Another unsurprising feature in this list. The new Focus continues the solid sales performance of the last one, and when the range is largely powered by modern Ecoboost petrol engines, this is a car which is comfortably withstanding the changing of the market. Even though there’ll be fewer diesel model sales of the Focus, there are petrol alternatives which will easily persuade the previous diesel owners to convert.
Prices start from £18,300
Ford Fiesta - 8,798 cars sold
You probably could have guessed that this was going to be top of the list. It’s been the best selling car in the country for quite some time now. The new Fiesta is the best looking and most well-rounded model they’ve ever put on the market and the EcoBoost engines are just too good for most manufacturers to compete with.
Prices start from £13,965