Best-selling New Cars In June 2022

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed the best-selling new cars for June 2022, and we’re here to look under the bonnet of each car.

Read on to find out which models are the most popular this summer based on new car registrations.


1. Vauxhall Corsa – 5,014 registrations

2019 Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is a regular best-seller and is still the UK’s number one car for new registrations this year.

For 2022, the brand-new Corsa range has been simplified, so there’s now three trim levels instead of four.

  • Design – replaces the outgoing SE Edition and comes with the same level of standard equipment. It’s great value, with features such as cruise control, a start/stop system, front camera and seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
  • GS Line – mid-range GS Line is the sportiest version of them all, receiving 17-inch black alloy wheels, red accents inside on the seats and dash, plus added tech that includes rear parking sensors. You’ll even have the option of the most powerful 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130bhp which comes with a smooth auto gearbox.
  • Ultimate – the go-to choice if you value your tech. Heated front seats and steering wheel, Matrix LED headlights and a panoramic rear view camera make this model by far the most luxurious of the bunch.

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2. Tesla Model Y – 4,194 registrations

tesla model y in blue

The Tesla Model Y burst onto the electric car scene when it came to our shores in March 2020, and a five months later in Europe.

However, delays to orders due to the coronavirus meant that it wasn’t until the “mass-handover” event in February 2022 at Southampton’s port when most UK buyers were able to finally get their hands on the Model Y.

Currently, the Tesla Model Y is available in two versions – a ‘Long Range’ and ‘Performance’, with the more affordable ‘Standard Range’ due to be released sometime in the near future.

For now, however, the offering is very good. The Long Range has an official WLTP range of 331 miles between charges and powerful all-wheel drive motors that, combined, produce 384bhp. This translates to an impressive 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds.

The top-spec Telsa Model Y Performance boosts power to 426bhp, which makes acceleration crazy quick (0-60mph in 3.5 seconds). This extra performance does reduce range slightly (official WLTP range is 319 miles between charges).


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3. Mini Hatchback – 3,055 registrations

mini 5 door hatch

Is there a more iconic hatchback available right now than the Mini Hatchback? We don’t think so.

This latest range of Mini Hatchback cars comes with some of parent company BMW‘s insignia inside and out. Namely, there’s a bunch of impressive tech that includes a modern infotainment system, premium and classy detailing on the outside.

But the great thing is you can still see the icon from the late ’50s underneath all the cosmetic updates.

There’s a fantastic range of Mini Hatchbacks to choose from, but all of them are well-equipped and mainly differ in terms of power under the bonnet. Even this is still good from the off, though, with the base engine being a 1.5-litre unit that has 101bhp, which combines nicely with the car’s tidy handling.

If you do want more power from your Mini Hatch, there’s a 134bhp petrol unit available in the higher-spec Cooper trim. A bigger 2.0-litre petrol engine with 176bhp comes with the Cooper S, while the performance-focused John Cooper Works (JCW) model has an incredible 228bhp and much more sport car features that make it a genuine hot hatch.


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4. Nissan Qashqai – 2,987 registrations

nissan qashqai in blue

When it comes to great value SUVs, there are none that do it better than the Nissan Qashqai, which is always up there with the best-selling new cars in the UK.

In recent years there’s been a boom in interest in SUVs, as buyers flock to get a new vehicle that has enough versatility to ‘do it all’.

The Nissan Qashqai certainly can do it all as well. The latest range has mild hybrid technology that offers a boost to performance and fuel economy. It has a decent amount of space in the back to carry two six-footers, plus boot space that will carry around seven carry-on suitcases.

One thing the Qashqai is renowned for is its incredible safety. All new Nissan Qashqais come with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to its standard advanced safety asssistance techhnology, which includes a very handy feature called ‘rear cross traffic alert’ that warns you of oncoming cars when you’re reversing.


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5. Volkswagen Golf – 2,965 registrations

volkswagen golf in yellow

Few hatchbacks offer a level of quality for a bargain price as the Volkswagen Golf does.

Because of the Volkswagen Golf’s pedigree, you’ll find that there’s a trim to suit your needs. Even the entry-level Life spec comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a very smart 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display with smartphone integration, plus wireless charging.

Its popularity is also largely down to how its engines and practicality combine to make it comfortable as a small(ish) family car. There’s a great range of petrol, diesel, hybrid and all-electric units to choose from to suit your needs.

The sporty R-Line spec is our favourite out of the three trim levels, especially as it strikes a good balance between sportiness and affordability.


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6. Ford Puma – 2,941 registrations

ford puma 2022 in grey

Talk about a stellar comeback! The Ford Puma was once a funky-looking coupe-style hatchback that was short-lived in the late ’90s. However, it did prove popular at the time and sold in reasonable numbers.

Fast-forward more than two decades and the latest Ford Puma was launched in 2019. This time, it landed itself in the popular crossover category, receiving a raised driving position and a driving experience sportier than most of its chief rivals.

UK drivers love the Puma that much that it’s won its third consecutive award as ‘Small SUV of the Year’.

For a car that’s fun to drive, the Puma is also very affordable to run. That’s because it has mild hybrid engine technology that boosts performance while slashing fuel economy and emissions figures.


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7. Kia Niro – 2,887 registrations

All new Niro HEV 1.6 GDi2

The Kia Niro is something of a pioneer in that it was the first model to make three levels of electrification available in its car. You can choose between a full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric version of the Niro.

This is still the case in this second generation model, but Kia has also made some changes to it by putting it on a new platform. This not only promises newer tech, but also a more spacious interior.

Visually, the all-new Niro has a more modern design that has been borrowed from the ever-popular Kia EV6 and Kia Sportage.

All versions of the Kia Niro come with all the tech and media you’d ever need, while the interior is also flush with sustainable materials. The roof trim is made out of recycled wallpaper, seats from bioplastics and water-based paint for the door panels.

When it comes to choosing an engine, it’s worth noting that the Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Niro plug-in hybrid use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine and six-speed automatic gearbox. What differs between the two is that the latter has a more powerful electric motor (180bhp vs 139bhp for the regular hybrid). You’ll also get 31 miles of electric-only range in the plug-in version, thanks to its larger 11.1kWh battery. The regular hybrid uses a tiny 1.32kWh unit that’s mainly there to assist with a slight boost of power and efficiency.

If you feel ready to make the switch to a full electric model, then the Kia Niro EV (previously the Kia E-Niro) is a very good option for cutting running costs. Its 64.8kWh battery gives it an official range of 285 miles between charges, and 250 miles should be achievable in the real world. While slower home and work charging is the most efficient way to charge an electric car, when it comes to rapid charging your electric car, the Kia Niro EV has rapid charging ability that means you can achieve a 10%-80% charge in just 45 minutes using fast public chargers.


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8. Kia Sportage – 2,755 registrations

kia sportage 2022

Already a 2022 award-winning family SUV since it was revamped with a striking new design and a refreshed engine range, the Kia Sportage is very competitively priced.

The Sportage has always been a great model for Kia, but what was once an inoffensive-looking, spacious family car has been injected with more bold, sporty style. There’s also a lot of maturity inside the Sportage, which looks very smart, yet without looking too busy, and at the same time feels solidly built.

Interior space is a strongsuit of the Sportage, too, with generous amounts of passenger and cubby space up front and in the back. On top of this, there’s also the most flexible type of seating arrangement inside the Sportage (40/20/40 split-folding), meaning you can individually fold each seat to prioritise passenger or boot space.

Speaking of the boot – the space in the back comes in at 591 litres, which is larger than chief rivals, including the Qashqai and even giant Skoda Karoq. The only model that beats it in this respect is the Hyundai Tucson, which has a massive 620-litre space in the cargo.

If you do opt for one of the hybrid models, these numbers differ slightly – the hybrid model has 587 litres, while the plug-in has 540 litres and the highest-powered diesel has 526 litres because of the batteries taking up underfloor capacity.


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9. MG HS – 2,738 registrations

mg hs 2022 in red

A relative newcomer in the top new car registrations, the MG HS is, however, deserving of its space.

That’s because MG is doing a great job of making models that are aiming at plucking the heartstrings of the mainstream of drivers. In a nutshell, that means a large, affordable SUV that’s generously equipped like the HS lands itself comfortably in an esteemed group of popular new cars.

With a refreshingly simple line-up that consists of a petrol engine and plug-in hybrid unit, plus an interior that has enough quality to leave you scratching your head at the low price, the HS should definitely be on your shortlist if you need space for a big family.

If you want a nippy, affordable engine, we recommend going for the plug-in hybrid version. It will not only travel 32 miles (official WLTP) between charges, but accelerates from 0-62mph in a mere 6.9 seconds. Because it emits just 43g/km of CO2, it’s also a great option for a business lease as you’ll get a competitive rate of BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax.


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10. Hyundai Tucson – 2,692 registrations

hyundai tucson 2022

Last (but certainly not least), the all new Hyundai Tucson.

Much like the Kia Sportage that it shares a category with, the Tucson has been through a similar journey. Once a rather harmless-looking high-riding family car that you wouldn’t look twice at, things have well and truly changed in this latest fourth-generation model.

An entirely new “jewel-like” grille was added, giving it a striking appearance, as do the integrated geometric daytime running lights. Other subtle updates to the design include angled wheel arches, sportier short overhangs and a level roofline that allows for more headroom for those insidie.

Inside there are also nice additions to this car, including a vertically stacked 10.25-inch touchscreen display, which is the central hub of the car’s infotainment system. There’s also an accompanying 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel that serves as a modern way of displaying key vehicle information such as speed, oil levels and the rev counter.

Like the Sportage, there’s the option of a full hybrid model that offers short bursts of electric driving in stop-start traffic. Or, if you want something a bit more eco-friendly and savvy for local journeys, there’s a plug-in hybrid model that’s top of the range. This latter version comes with four-wheel drive, a chunky 261bhp electric motor and will officially travel 38 miles on EV power alone between charges – one of the best ranges of a PHEV this size.


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