10 Best-Selling Cars In April 2022< Back to blog
April new car registrations were the lowest they’ve been in 16 years, but there were 10 models in particular that stood out from the rest.
Last month, Tesla dominated proceedings, with the Model 3 and Model Y both making the cut. This wasn’t the case in April, with new entrants from familiar faces, including the Peugeot 208, Audi A3, Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Polo.
In this blog, we take a closer look at the best-selling cars in April 2022. Read on and find out if one of these great vehicles could be right for you.
1. Nissan Qashqai
Number of registrations: 3,804
The Nissan Qashqai is the definitive model in the SUV category since it was produced by the Japanese automaker in 2006. Virtually every other competitor in this segment would have at some point taken inspiration from the Qashqai.
It’s still the best-selling family-based SUV in the UK, too, and it’s easy to see why. With a decent amount of space inside for people and things – something which has only gotten better over the years with more facelits – ample onboard technology for the utmost driver convenience, and a very comfortable setup for short- and long-distance journeys, the Qashqai is a great option if you’re in the market for a solid all-round family car.
2. Ford Puma
Number of registrations: 3,318
If you grew up around the late 1990s/early 2000s era, then you probably recognise the Ford Puma before Ford quite literally ‘reinvented the wheel’ and changed it from a coupe-style family car to a sporty crossover.
This new Puma has proven very popular with UK drivers, most of whom go nuts at the sight of a small SUV. What you have here is one that ticks all the boxes, too. Fun to drive; affordable to run; practical enough to carry multiple passengers or a small family; and very generously equipped.
Like most models in Ford’s range, you also have the option of a bonkers quick Ford Puma ST, too, if you like your SUV with a nice dose of potent performance.
3. Mini Hatchback
Number of registrations: 3,088
You won’t need to worry about your Mini Hatch being ill-equipped, either. BMW has been producing Minis since 2001 and so you’re guaranteed a decent amount of kit, regardless of which trim you choose.
There’s even the option of a Mini Electric if you’re looking to cut your vehicle emissions, which can travel around 145 miles between charges.
4. Vauxhall Corsa
Number of registrations: 3,002
There are fewer small cars on the market that come with as many options as you get in the new Corsa. We recommend going for the more powerful 99bhp turbocharged petrol engine if you’re looking at a combustion engine Corsa, as it gets the best blend of performance and affordability.
Alternatively, like the Mini Hatchback, you can specify an electric car version of the Vauxhall Corsa, aptly named the Corsa-e, which has a healthy official WLTP range between charges of 209 miles. It’s also packed with more kit as standard than the petrol-engined version, along with having more power than any petrol Corsa, which is something to consider.
5. Kia Sportage
Number of registrations: 2,407
Behind the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai, there’s another car that’s been beating the drum for the SUV cause – the Kia Sportage.
With a class-leading seven-year warranty on its new range, a striking new grille and a great blend of performance and practicality, it’s easy to see why it’s hot on the heels of the Qashqai.
A competitive starting price and fantastic engine options that include two hybrids, a self-charging and plug-in version, also boost the offering of this family car.
6. Peugeot 208
Number of registrations: 2,237
Characterised by its new ‘saber-style’ lights and chunkier grille, the latest Peugeot 208 should definitely be on your shortlist if you want a stylish small car that has the flexibility to be a daily driver, while also being able to stretch its legs competently on the motorway.
A rarity in the 208’s range is the option of a diesel model, too, which is perfect if you regularly drive long distances for work. However, most people will go for one of the 1.2-litre petrol engines, which are available in a range of power outputs, including 74bhp, 99bhp and a range-topping 127bhp.
For the environmentally conscious of you out there, the Peugeot e-208 is an all-electric version of the 208. A bit like the Corsa-e, the e-208 has a decent official range between charges (217 miles) and gets all the standard impressive kit that’s on the petrol-powered model, including Peugeot’s impressive i-Cockpit.
7. Hyundai Tucson
Number of registrations: 2,231
There’s a lot to like about the refreshed Hyundai Tucson which, like the Sportage, has undergone a radical design change and added plenty of green credentials to its engine range.
A new ‘jewel-like’ grille and LED strip on the back are the key highlights here from a design perspective. However, the new 227bhp full hybrid engine (badged 1.6 T-GDi 230 Hybrid) is just as exciting. It feels incredibly leisurely while accelerating, plus you won’t have to remember to plug it in when your battery runs out of charge.
Inside, you’ll still benefit from all the perks of the Tucson, including ample front and rear passenger space and Hyundai’s five-year warranty and renowned tech-savvy design.
8. Audi A3
Number of registrations: 2,190
In typical Audi fashion, the A3 has a very high quality interior design, a broad engine range that can cater for most drivers, plus a decent amount of space for a family.
Above all else, the premium four-ringed badge and giant grille that houses it are all nods to this car being a fantastic gateway to driving a luxury hatch for not a great deal of money.
9. Volkswagen Polo
Number of registrations: 2,123
Easily one of the comfiest family cars on the market. The Volkswagen Polo is known for being like a tardis, with plenty of space for a family and lots of comfort onboard to keep them happy, regardless of how long your journey is.
While the Polo used to be in the shadow of its bigger brother, the iconic Volkswagen Golf, it’s now starting to build a reputation for itself as being a very reliable motor. Onboard there’s that same Volkswagen quality throughout, too, with swathes of premium materials that let you know you’re driving something that’s going to last.
10. Ford Kuga
Number of registrations: 1,867
The Ford Kuga is a brilliant large SUV that has gained lots of attention for its impressive plug-in hybrid engine.
It’s a particularly good option if you’re a company car driver wanting a great deal on a business lease. That’s because it has an impressive official electric-only range of 39 miles, meaning you can save a great deal of money on fuel and Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax due to its incredibly low Co2 emissions.
You don’t have to go for this engine, however. A full hybrid unit is available which we’d argue is more suitable for personal leasing customers. It still has electrification boost from a small battery pack and electric motor that improves performance and efficiency, but there’s the added convenience of not needing to charge it up every time the battery runs out.
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