Best-selling cars in the UK 2020
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 list of the top 10 best sellers.
The SMMT has just revealed the top 10 best selling cars for October 2020 and it’s a surprise to see the Mercedes A-Class sit at the top with 4,149 sales. Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Corsa continues to heap pressure on the Ford Fiesta at the top with another strong performance, outselling its main rival for the second month in a row.
But it is Ford’s ever-popular hatchback that still retains top spot overall – managing 3,845 registrations in October and 43,281 sales for the year to date.
Top ten best-selling cars 2020
1. Ford Fiesta – 43,281 registrations
Is the Ford Fiesta’s domination coming to an end? In previous years the Fiesta has run away with the title, but it’s finding the opposition a little tougher in 2020. Despite being outsold in both September and October, though, it still sits in first place with over 43,000 sales so far.
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 39,692 registrations
The Vauxhall Corsa was the UK’s fourth best-selling car in 2019, but it’s doing even better so far in 2020. A bumper September and October has helped the Corsa close the gap on the Fiesta above it and, with a new electric e-Corsa now available, it could end up being a close finish to the year.
3. Volkswagen Golf – 35,014 registrations
The Volkswagen Golf – 2019’s second best-selling car – is recovering from poor lockdown sales. After a disappointing sixth place finish in June, the popular hatchback has sold strongly ever since and is now entrenched in the top three.
4. Ford Focus – 33,965 registrations
After a poor September, the Ford Focus had an October to forgot with 2,823 sales – just the eighth best-selling car for the month. That means it drops to fourth for the year so far, with the Mercedes A-Class closing in fast below it.
5. Mercedes A-Class – 31,604 registrations
The Mercedes A-Class is enjoying an incredibly strong finish to 2020 thanks to its premium image and competitive finance deals. It was the third best-selling car in September, but October was even better as it jumped to the top with 4,149 registrations. A top five finish for 2020 now looks almost certain, but how much higher can it climb?
6. Nissan Qashqai – 27,790 registrations
The Nissan Qashqai had a strong start to 2020 with 4,608 registrations in January, but lockdown dented its sales. Things have since picked up though, and the Qashqai remains the best-selling SUV in the country – sitting in sixth place overall.
7. MINI – 25,841 registrations
The MINI has had a strong 2020, with a new all-electric model helping to expand the car’s popularity with emission-conscious buyers. With 3,100 registrations in October, the iconic car looks set to secure another top ten finish.
Do you know that MINI is the best-selling car during 1959–2000?
5,505,874 cars were sold.
8. Volkswagen Polo – 23,904 registrations
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo clinched ninth spot in 2019 with 37,453 registrations. It struggled during the first lockdown this year – notably securing just 7 registrations for April – but sales have since picked up and it now sits eighth overall in 2020 after a good few months.
9. Ford Puma – 21,142 registrations
The new Ford Puma is proving to be more and more popular as the year goes on. With 3,609 sales in October – the fifth highest of the month – the crossover has catapulted itself into the top 10 best-selling cars of the year. Expect it rise higher up the list with two months of 2020 still go.
10. BMW 1 Series – 20,032 registrations
Premium hatchbacks are big business, so much so that the BMW 1 Series is the second in this class to make the top 10 list after the Mercedes A-Class. The 1 Series recorded 2,606 registrations in October, taking it to 20,032 for the year to date.