Are you looking to buy a car but can’t seem to decide on the particular model or a brand? The choice out there is quite big compared to 10-15 years ago. All those cars from different brands look just the same and you can’t seem to decide which one is the best for you?

Buying a car is always a personal matter. It all depends if you are rebell in nature or you like to play safe and go with what the majority buys. In the first case the chances that you might go with a relatively unknown brand or model and face premium class expenses on a breakdown are quite high. Alternatively you can continue on this article and learn which are the most popular cars sold in UK and why it is a good idea to think through in this case.

Playing safe or thinking through?

It is probably not a good idea to buy a car from relatively unknown manufacturer or the one which has fewer representation in your country since in case of any malfunction you might not find the parts or simply face premium class service charges. If you are not well off celebrity or millionaire it is probably not a good idea to buy into this idea of obscurity.

The best course of action for rest of us is to check what cars are the most popular around and why they are so popular. When statistics show that people buy one particular model more it doesn’t mean people like to play safe. It means that this model is reliable, affordable and has relatively low cost of maintenance. This is how some models become popular throughout the time.

Recent statistics from Motors.co.uk, which has thousands of used cars listed from around the UK, shows that the list of top 10 most popular sold cars is confidently headed by Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus. They are followed by Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa models in 3rd and 4th places. Then come Volkswagen Golf (5), BMW 3 series (6), Vauxhall Insignia (7), Fiat 500 (8), Nissan Qashqai (9) and Vauxhall Zafira in 10th place concludes this list.

For even larger statistics and trends you can check the “Motor Industry Facts 2014” published by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in May 2014. This document lists the results drawn from much larger data including more than 30 million cars throughout the UK. The SMMT document lists the numbers of cars registered in each segment type. Here are few numbers:

Supermini segment (813,092 registered cars)

MODEL VOLUME SEGMENT SHARE
Ford Fiesta 121,929 15%
Vauxhall Corsa 84,275 10.4%
Volkswagen Polo 42,609 5.2%
Peugeot 208 38,616 4.7%
Fiat 500 37,918 4.7%

Lower Medium segment (588,402 registered cars)

MODEL VOLUME SEGMENT SHARE
Ford Focus 87,350 14.8%
Vauxhall Astra 68,070 11.6%
Volkswagen Golf 64,951 11.0%
Nissan Qashqai 50,211 8.5%
BMW 1 Series 41,883 7.1%

A clear lead in both segments belong to Ford (Fiesta/Focus) and Vauxhall (Corsa/Astra) models which matches what the statistics listed at Motors.co.uk. These results are not incidental in nature but show clear satisfaction of customers with these models throughout the UK.

So why are these models the most popular cars sold in UK?

By now it should be pretty clear to you which cars are more popular in UK. There are several reasons to this outcome and we will address them in detail in one of our future articles. In short these cars are:

  • Fuel efficient – this is particularly a good news if you are planning to cut down on your fuel expenses. We have couple of more fuel saving tips if you are interested.
  • Have service stations throughout the UK – In addition every garage in the country is well equipped to address all the issues that you might have with these cars.
  • Available in many different configurations

If you are convinced enough to go with these champions then you can look no further. Our showroom has always selection of different models from Ford and Vauxhall. You can visit our used car showroom online or you can come to our used car showroom in Manchester where we will be more than happy to find the right car for you.