Owners’ review: the UK’s favourite cars

  • Owners’ opinions on the top selling cars in the UK
  • Includes reviews on the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf
  • Leave a rating of you own car at Parkers Owners’ reviews

The top-selling cars in the UK as a rule are usually fairly predictable. There are a number of models that appear in the list month-after-month and sometimes even year-after-year.

While cars like the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf continue to dominate new car sales, is the popularity of these cars reflected in the quality of the car?

The only way to find this out is by asking people who own these models what they think of their car and what the good and bad points about it are.

This is where Parkers Owners’ reviews come in. With more than 35,000 owners’ reviews, you can read what genuine car owners think of these cars. As well as giving an insight to any problems with the car or what it’s like to drive, owners also get a chance to give their car a star rating.

We’ve collected some of the positive, and negative, points from some of the top selling cars in the UK below. To read more owners’ reviews, and leave a review of your own car, then head here.

Ford Fiesta (08 on)

For: The Fiesta’s engaging performance and good handling seems to be one of the major plus points for the majority of owners. John Tween says: “Best Fiesta I have owned. I look forward to driving it; it’s nippy, economical and handles very well.” Other positives include light steering, especially for parking, and the surprising amount of space on offer.

Against: While the general consensus of the Fiesta is positive, there are a small number of disgruntled owners. One of these is Dave W who isn’t impressed by the automatic gearbox on his 1.4-litre Titanium model. In fact he goes as far as calling it ‘Diabolical’. While other issues he complains of included ‘Appaling’ fuel economy which he claims is somewhere between 25 and 35mpg.

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Vauxhall Corsa (06 on)

For: The Corsa is one of the major rivals to the Ford Fiesta and has been praised for similar reasons to the Ford. Paul Bennett is particularly impressed with the kit on his 1.7-litre CDTi SE five-door model which includes heated steering and seats. Michael McClorey has praised his 1.2-litre SXI three-door model for the fuel economy and low costs of tax.

Against: It appears that the overriding complaint with the Corsa is with the automatic versions. Barbara Gray, who owns a 1.2-litre Life Easytronic model, says: “It sometimes can’t make up its mind whether to go into gear or not.” Other issues mentioned by some owners include poor fuel economy as well as the level of noise at higher speeds.

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Ford Focus (11 on)

For: There seems to be a decent amount of praise for the new Ford Focus. One of the main plus points of this latest model, mentioned by more than one owner, is its refinement. Susan Williams says that her 1.6-litre TDCi Zetec is “Smooth, comfortable,” while David Innes goes further by claiming his 1.6-litre EcoBoost Titanium is “Very strong in all gears and yet always smooth and quiet.”

Against: Concerns from Ford Focus owners are minimal, though there do seem to be some mechanical issues. Arthur Nash claims a gearbox problem on his 1.6 TDCi Zetec which is “unresolvable,” while Tracey Howells has a bigger issue with her 1.6 TDCi Titanium: “It had a distinct lack of power and kangarooing in first and second gears. Apparently this is a common fault to do with the fuel pump which needed resetting.”

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Volkswagen Golf (09 on)

For: The Volkswagen Golf has always been a popular car, and this version continues to live up to the reputation. Stuart Frost says of his 1.6-litre TDi BlueMotion Tech Match: “Smooth, quiet and great on long journeys - you don't feel exhausted afterwards.” At the same time Steve Howe claims his 2.0 TDI 140bhp GT is “Brilliant. Smooth, good power and very smooth. It handles exceptionally well.”

Against: Like the Ford Focus, there aren’t many concerned Volkswagen Golf owners though a few issues have cropped up. Tony Clegg has issues with his 2.0 TDI GT. He says: “Rust appeared after three months on the brake disc housing, told it was not covered under warranty." At the same time Rory Chev has a problem with his 1.6 TDIi BlueMOtion Tech: ”The fault lies with the DPF (diesel particle filter), this becomes blocked at least once every 500-700 miles.

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