Best-selling cars in the UK 2018

9 Mar, 2018 12:00pm Joe Holding

The Ford Fiesta continues to be the best-selling car in Britain, with the supermini adding 5,201 registrations in February

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has updated its top ten best-selling cars list for 2018, having unveiled the latest registration figures for February.

As ever, the Ford Fiesta dominates the list of best-selling cars in the UK having amassed 5,201 registrations last month, well over 2,000 more than its nearest rival, the Volkswagen Golf.

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February saw a 2.8 per cent drop in total registrations year-on-year, following the 6.3 per cent fall suffered in January. These figures appear to reaffirm the suggestion that 2018 will follow a similar trend to that experienced in the latter part of 2017.

Petrol and alternatively-fuelled vehicle sales - most hybrid and electric cars - actually grew again in February, rising by 14.4 and 7.2 per cent respectively. The overall decline is down to tumbling diesel sales, which fell by 23.5 per cent last month.

2017 proved to be a testing year for the car industry thanks to uncertainty over Brexit, the announcement of a non-electrified car sales ban for 2040, and the introduction of new VED road tax rates with more severe tariffs on emissions.

And while 2017 was still the third-biggest year in a decade for car sales, industry experts are fearing a further contraction in the market over the course of 2018.

So the Ford Fiesta remains the best-selling car in Britain, but which other models make up the top ten? Read on to find out, or check out last year’s results…

Top ten best-selling cars 2018

1. Ford Fiesta - 13,536 registrations

The Ford Fiesta finished 2017 as the best-selling car in the UK, and it’s begun 2018 in much the same fashion by outselling its closest rival by over 6,000 registrations to date. 5,201 new Fiestas hit the road in February, pointing towards a strong year for the ever popular supermini.

2. Volkswagen Golf - 7,237 registrations

Second in the 2017 top ten standings, the Volkswagen Golf is second again in the February 2018 rankings having secured 2,927 registrations, although it trails the Fiesta above by quite some distance.

3. Ford Focus - 6,157 registrations

Not content with securing first place for February with the Fiesta, Ford also takes the final position on the best-selling cars podium with the Ford Focus. 2,052 registrations in February have helped it pull clear of the chasing pack, and it’ll take an almighty change of fortunes to disturb the current top three going forward.

4. Vauxhall Mokka X - 5,292 registrations

Usually we get a few surprises in the early editions of the best-selling cars list, and the Vauxhall Mokka X provides the first of those by climbing to fourth place in February. Outselling Vauxhall’s traditional best-seller - the Corsa supermini - only time will tell if it’s able to maintain its place in the top ten…

5. Mercedes A-Class - 5,029 registrations

Scraping into the top ten overall in 2017, the Mercedes A-Class has hit the ground running in 2018, adding 1,671 registrations in February. The hatchback has dominated headlines lately with and all-new model being unveiled featuring a swish new interior, but the current car is still enjoying strong interest.

6. Nissan Qashqai - 4,896 registrations

Starting 2018 in fourth place, the Nissan Qashqai has slipped to sixth in the latest standings. In 2017 it was the most popular SUV in Britain, but the Vauxhall Mokka X has stolen an early march in the race for that title in the first two months of this year. An intriguing battle lies ahead.

7. Ford Kuga - 4,132 registrations

Another Ford in the top ten, ensuring there’s no place in the 2018 best-selling list for former regulars such as the MINI or the Vauxhall Astra. Its boot might be a tad smaller than some rivals’, but lots of passenger space is a strong selling point.

8. Kia Sportage - 3,774 registrations

The Kia Sportage is another surprise entry in the top ten, having not featured in the overall best-selling list last year. It’s not a class leader by any means, but customers must’ve been won over by its quality interior, good equipment levels and seven-year warranty.

9. Mercedes C-Class - 2,478 registrations

Ninth in the overall best-selling cars list in 2016 and 2017, once again the Mercedes C-Class creeps into the top ten in the early stages of 2018. Strong fleet sales have always aided the C-Class towards this end, and the German brand plans to capitalise on its popularity with a new model in the second half of the year…

10. Vauxhall Corsa - 3,634 registrations

Vauxhall is a brand that desperately needs to show some promise in 2018, and 3,634 registrations of the Corsa so far is neither hugely successful nor a massive disaster. It was fifth in the best-selling list last year, and Vauxhall will want to hang on to that place as it sorts out its future under PSA Group’s command…