The UK car market is showing strong signs of recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a dramatic decline in car sales last year.
New car sales are now on the rise with more than one million vehicles registered since this January. Even more exciting is the continued demand for electric vehicles, with the industry body estimating that pure-electric vehicles will account for 9.5% of all registrations by the end of 2021.
So, if you’re ready to trade in your old model for a new set of wheels, we’ve put together a list of the best-selling cars this year so far.
Vauxhall Corsa - Number of registrations 26,215
The iconic Vauxhall Corsa has overtaken the Ford Fiesta — the UK’s most popular car for the last few years in the race to the top with an impressive 26k registrations so far this year.
Vauxhall have given the Corsa a well needed cosmetic revamp with bold new exterior, refreshed interior and eye-catching alloy wheels. Not to mention LED headlights, a rear-view camera and available with a nippy, direct injection turbocharged 1.2 litre engine.
Even more exciting that this is the launch of their pure-electric model, packing a remarkable 209-mile range on a single charge, 80% charge in 30 mins, zero emissions, a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery, and can go from 0—60 in 7.6 seconds.
Prices start from £17,015* and £26,390* for the Corsa-E
Ford Fiesta - Number of registrations 23,521
Coming it at number two is the Ford Fiesta with just over 23.5K registrations since January.
Even though the Fiesta didn’t make the top spot this year, this car still packs a punch. Not only does it look sleek and stylish from the outside, but the inside is also packed full of the latest tech to make your driving experience one to remember.
The Fiesta also comes with a range of advanced technologies designed to protect you and your family with key features include ‘Pre-Collision Assist’ and ‘Door Edge Protectors’.
Prices start from £16,645*
Volkswagen Golf - Number of registrations 21,970
The all new VW Golf swoops into third position and unsurprisingly, this is the car that nearly every other hatchback is measured against.
From the entry-level model to the range-topper, there are a huge number of trim levels and engine choices and the Golf 8 range recently added the estate, GTI and superhot Golf R meaning there is something for everyone.
Each model is complete with an elegant interior and the newest models come complete with a digital cockpit which displays everything on a smart 10-inch screen. From here you can control everything from your driving position to your radio and once you log in, the Golf 8 will remember all your preferences!
Prices start from £23,860*
Mercedes-Benz A Class - Number of registrations 21,684
The Mercedes-Benz A Class is no longer just a premium car but also one of the nation’s most popular car as of last year.
The A Class has earned four place this year thanks to its luxury interior, sleek exterior, and a wealth of choice eg. hatchbacks, AMGs and saloon versions available. Even the most basic model comes with 16” alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, infotainment system, 180 reversing camera and heated seats.
With plenty of tempting deals currently on the market, the A class is affordable than ever before.
Prices start from £24,100*
Ford Puma - Number of registrations 20,853
Sliding into fifth position is the Ford Puma. What used to be a well-known sporty coupé of the 90’s is now one of the best-handling and most practical a crossover SUVs available on the market.
Compared to similar rivals such as the Nissan Juke and VW T-Roc, the Puma has a more superior mild hybrid engine technology that is usually found in more premium cars. This allows it to be quick off the mark as well has having great fuel economy, making it a perfect choice for those who are on a thrifty budget.
Not only this, but the Ford Puma comes with impressive safety features such as ‘Pre-Collision Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking’, ‘Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection’ & ‘Post-Collision Braking’ making this a family car of choice.
Prices start from £22,035*