10 Best-Selling Cars In The UK 2020 (New Registrations)

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that new car registrations are down by -30.7% in total from last year, a bleak figure which shows the detrimental impact Covid-19 has had on the automotive industry.

Nevertheless, 2020 has seen some positive news in the form of new models being produced by manufacturers after assembly lines began opening back up following mass closures back in March, in line with the first lockdown.

As part of the SMMT’s report, the trade association has revealed what new cars have had the highest uptake year-to-date. Read on to discover what the 10 best-selling cars in the UK are and find out how much you could lease one for from Moneyshake.

1. Ford Fiesta – 45,807

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It should be no surprise that Ford‘s flagship hatchback comes in at number one spot for the best-selling car this year-to-date.

The Fiesta has always been a favourite of UK motorists for decades thanks to its incredible versatility, fun-to-drive dynamics and brilliant equipment levels, all wrapped up in an affordable package.

Whether you’re a first-time driver looking for a savvy, reliable set of wheels; or you have a family and need a spacious, frugal vehicle that can perform as a daily driver and can ferry the household away at weekends.

Ford’s new range of Fiesta models come with mild hybrid EcoBoost engines available across all trim levels too, which massively improves the vehicle’s efficiency (combined fuel economy with this engine is 56.5mpg).

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

2. Vauxhall Corsa – 43,410

Best-selling cars in the UK - Vauxhall Corsa

When you think of how a piece of homework is graded, you’d be right in thinking that an A is the very best standard, while an F basically means ‘rip it up and start again’.

Vauxhall‘s logic for naming its different generations of Corsa over the years defies this academic way of thinking, which is way the latest Corsa F is leaps and bounds ahead of the ’80s-built Corsa A.

The latest Corsa represents a pivot for the brand’s popular supermini from a perceived ‘boy racer’ model that took newly legal drivers on a McDonald’s drive-thru run, to a grown-up family-friendly hatchback that has a spacious interior and has had a complete revamp that now looks much more professional.

This isn’t to say the car has lost any of its on-the-road charm. In fact, the new platform weighs 108kg less than the previous model and has the option of a turbocharged petrol engine under the hood. It comes with 99bhp and takes you from 0-62mph in a nippy 9.3 seconds, which is 3.1 seconds faster than the non-turbo 74bhp entry-level unit.

If you’re looking to ditch combustion engine cars and go for an all-electric model, you’re in luck thanks to the arrival of the Corsa-e. With a 209-mile range between recharges and powerful electric motor that takes you to 60mph from standstill in eight seconds, it’s got good credentials on paper.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

3. Volkswagen Golf – 38,639

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Another hugely successful car in the UK is the VW Golf, which has been an icon over eight generations that span from the mid-70s to the modern day.

Today, the Golf range is kicked off with an entry-level Life variation that’s very well equipped as far as ultra-modern hatchbacks are concerned. As standard, the Golf gets 16″ alloy wheels, a digital cockpit with a 10.25″ driver’s display and central 10″ screen.

Just like every successful family car, the Golf has safety and space in its repertoire. Advanced tech onboard includes adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance from the car in front, lane assist that corrects steering if camera technology senses you’re veering into another lane without signalling. Another clever safety feature is the driver alert system, which provides a five-second acoustic warning (as well as visual signs telling you to take a break) if failing concentration of the driver is sensed.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

4. Ford Focus – 36,887

Best-selling cars in the UK - Ford Focus

The 2020 Ford Focus range is as versatile as it’s ever been and continues to be a family favourite.

You can specify either a five-door hatch or estate body, the latter of which comes with a massive 608-litre boot (versus 375 litres on the hatch body) and a roomier rear that lets you carry passengers more comfortably.

Just like the Fiesta, you can choose between a variety of smooth 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre engines that use either the brand’s performance-focused EcoBoost technology or savvier EcoBlue mechanics.

Standard features are great across the range of Focus trims, with entry-level Zetec versions getting front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, a quick clear heated windscreen and 16″ alloy wheels.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 34,847

Best-selling cars in the UK - Merc A-Class

Part of the German premium hatch ‘Holy Trinity’, the Merc A-Class sits alongside the Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series. Depending on which camp you swear allegiance to will ultimately be the telling factor that influences your decision (assuming you’re out to get a posh motor for as little spend as possible).

What you’re guaranteed with the A-Class is an upmarket, comfortable interior that extends out on the road thanks to a range of smooth engines that lead to an easy, supple ride.

The cheapest SE version of the A-Class has all the basics, including two 7″ screens that comprise a digital cockpit, a reversing camera, 16″ alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless start and heated front seats in Artico man-made leather.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

6. Nissan Qashqai – 30,863

Best-selling cars in the UK - Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a truly remarkable example of a family car.

It effectively kicked off the SUV craze back in 2006 and has continued to be the UK’s best-selling car in this class.

Why? Well, it’s quite simple really. The Qashqai looks smart, comes with fuel-efficient (yet fairly punchy) petrol engines and has a very generous amount of standard equipment. For example, on the entry-level Acenta Premium trim you get 17″ alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, plus automatic headlights.

Even more impressive is the amount of safety kit onboard. From the off, the Qashqai has lane-departure warning, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, hill start assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

7. Mini Hatchback – 28,701

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Still iconic as ever, though not quite as British as it used to be (BMW saw to that), the classic Mini hatch hasn’t lost its appeal. And that’s despite no longer really being as mini as the name suggests.

A three or five-door version of the Mini can be specified, along with four different trim levels that vary in terms of power offered and kit level.

In its most basic form the Mini, known as ‘Classic One’, gets a 1.5-litre 102bhp petrol engine that will be enough for most. The 0-60mph time of 10.3 seconds is hardly hot hatch performance, but it feels peppy enough when you put your foot down.

For a bit more oomph you can choose the Cooper Classic spec – the next level up from the base trim – for a 136bhp version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine. This slashes the sprint to 60mph by 2.1 seconds, making it considerably quicker off the mark, without losing its frugal 50mpg fuel efficiency.

If ludicrous pace is what you’re after, check out the John Cooper Works variation. A bigger, more powerful 2.0-litre engine replaces the standard 1.5-litre one, bringing with it 231bhp and a bunch of driver-centric features that make it a blast to drive. This includes:

  • Performance control – controls engine output and applies brakes to individual wheels for balance when cornering.
  • Double vanos system – varies timing of the engine valves to change the relative timing between inlet and exhaust valves for efficient power delivery.
  • Fully variable valve control – improves the efficiency of valve movement for both intake and exhaust valve timing to reduce pump loss that can increase fuel consumption.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

8. Volkswagen Polo – 25,374

Best-selling cars in the UK - Volkswagen Polo

Baby brother to the ever-popular Golf, yet no longer in its elder sibling’s shadow. This is the all-new VW Polo.

In a class where competition is getting tougher to match – with the likes of the uber-cool Peugeot 208, sporty Seat Ibiza and high-selling Ford Fiesta all available – the Polo stands out as the well-rounded, sensible option for small car buyers alike.

When you look at it, there’s nothing so outrageous in its styling that it’ll divide opinion, rather it has an impressively refined air all round. Step inside and this theme continues, with plenty of quality, soft-touch materials along the dash. On top of this, there’s even premium-feeling leather used on the steering wheel and gear knob.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

9. Ford Puma – 23,694

Best-selling cars in the UK - Ford Puma

Completing what’s a trio of Ford models to make this list of best-selling new cars, the new Puma has only been available since 2019. However, for the short time that it’s been here it really has generated a lot of interest.

When you consider what the Puma’s strengths are, it ticks all the boxes that people in the market for a diddy, high-tech family SUV are demanding. That is, it has the dimensions of a hatchback on stilts, it comes with engines that are fun and cheap to run, plus there’s a bunch of advanced safety/convenience/media tech onboard as standard. For example, included on the entry-level Titanium spec is cornering lights, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic emergency braking and a fully-fledged 8″ touchscreen infotainment system that comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Though many of you may prefer your phone’s maps, the all models get a built-in sat nav, plus wireless charging (if your phone enables it).

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

10. BMW 1 Series – 22,494

Best-selling cars in the UK - BMW 1 Series

This third-generation BMW 1 Series is perhaps one of the most controversial, as ‘Bimmer’ decided to ditch the car’s USP: its rear-wheel drive setup.

Despite this, it’s still one of the best family cars to drive (if you’re making this judgement based on how much ‘fun factor’ there is on offer). More so than the A-Class because of its more noticeable feedback through the energetic steering when you provide inputs.

As a daily driver it does just as well too, making easy work of reducing any sharp body movements when you’re driving over rough surfaces. Striking this balance between smoothing over lumps and bumps, plus delivering sharper performance through twists and turns is what makes it (in our opinion) the best choice if you want a fun, premium family car.

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*Based on 48-month lease term, 9-month initial rental and 8,000 miles per year. Prices accurate at the time of writing.

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