Best-selling cars 2015
A closer look at the UK s best-selling new cars in 2015 so far
New car sales have fallen for the first time in three and a half years, although 2015 is still likely to beat 2014’s record-breaking figures. It was only a slight drop in sales though, as the best-selling cars still present attractive ownership prospects to potential buyers.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) let us see exactly how many cars were sold each month, and which models are selling particularly well. We’ve used them to put together this list with the full sales figures for the top 10 models for this year-to-date.
Many are attributing the drop in new car sales to the VW emissions scandal – which has certainly improved awareness of how much pollution diesel cars put out compared to official figures.
You’ll notice a lot of similarities in the top models: most new cars sold aren’t sports cars, large SUVs or luxury saloons. Those models are produced in much smaller numbers than the compact family hatchbacks. superminis and crossovers that make up the bulk of car sales in Britain these days.
Scroll down this page to see the top 10 best-selling cars of 2015 so far, with full sales figures and some details on each model.
The top 10 best-selling cars in 2015
1. Ford Fiesta – 116,631 registrations in 2015
The Ford Fiesta has been topping the UK sales charts for a long time now – and it’s easy t see why. Whether you go for the entry-level model or the hot Fiesta ST model, it’s great fun to drive. It’s good value too, and is a practical and handsome supermini that will appeal to all sorts of buyers.
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 77,896 registrations in 2015
The new Vauxhall Corsa has started its life with very strong sales, thanks to low prices and a well-judged revamp. Despite looking similar to the old model, it’s better to drive and cheaper to run – buyers are clearly taking notice of the latest Vauxhall supermini.
3. Ford Focus – 73,966 registrations in 2015
With its fun handling, practical body style, efficient engines and revised looks, the new Ford Focus is a strong seller in the UK. It’s been a top model for Ford for many years and the new version looks set to continue that trend.
4. Volkswagen Golf – 64,257 registrations in 2015
The Volkswagen Golf needs no introduction, really – it’s been around since the 1970s and the latest version is the best yet. It has an upmarket cabin and is comfortable on long journeys, with a huge range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. It also has one of the most recognisable car names in the UK, which can’t hurt sales. What could, however, is the emissions scandal surrounding VW.
5. Nissan Qashqai – 54,259 registrations in 2015
The Nissan Qashqai is considered by many to be the first modern ‘crossover’, with SUV styling and hatchback running costs. It’s a great car for those needing a practical family runabout. The latest model launched in 2013, and it’s having a great year so far in 2015, making it into the top 10 best-selling cars this year-to-date.
6. Volkswagen Polo – 48,770 registrations in 2015
VW’s Polo supermini is a more grown-up car than its main rival, the Ford Fiesta, offering better ride quality and refinement. It’s good on any type of journey and features a wide range of efficient engines, too.
7. Vauxhall Astra – 45,487 registrations in 2015
Vauxhall’s Ford Focus rival, the Astra. has been around for a while now – but that’s not hurting sales. It’s a handsome family hatchback, and with the low prices being offered by Vauxhall dealers the Astra has managed to make it into the top 10 best-selling cars 2015.
8. Audi A3 – 42,137 registrations in 2015
It might use many of the same parts as the VW Golf, being built on the same platform, but the Audi A3 features a few more upmarket options that bring the price up a bit. It’s a tactic that’s clearly working – buyers are flocking to the upmarket Audi and sending into the top 10 best-sellers.
9. MINI – 38,241 registrations in 2015
The MINI has clearly been a sales hit since it hit the roads last year. It’s now jumped into the top 10 and knocked the equally retro Fiat 500 out. It’s easy to see why it’s been so popular, too, with good looks, a great drive and an upmarket interior to match the badge.
10. Mercedes C-Class – 37,748 registrations in 2015
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