Top 10 bestselling cars in the UK in 2019

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These are the most popular, bestselling cars in the UK according to the latest official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

We update this page every month with the latest figures, and at the end of each year, we show the most popular cars over the previous 12 months. For December 2019, there was a small increase in sales compared with the same period last year – but overall, 2019 is down on 2018, with 2.4% fewer cars sold.

Why is this list good for you? If a car is dropping in popularity, manufacturers (and their dealers) may well be keen to do a deal with you. It also shows you what the general public is buying in large numbers - generally (although not always) a good indicator of reliability and decent dealer backup.

Afterall, if businesses and fleets are buying lots of one type of car, it's bound to be good, yes? And don't underestimate the power of businesses and fleets, as in 2019, 63% of all new cars were bought by them.

So keep reading to find out which are the UK's bestselling cars.

Top 10 bestselling cars for 2019

10) Kia Sportage (34,502 sold)

2020 Kia Sportage front view

Now firmly ensconced in the Top 10, the Kia Sportage is a handsome crossover with a bulletproof warranty that gives buyers an awful lot of confidence even if they're not planning on keeping it for the entirety of its seven year warranty. It's been on sale since 2016, but it's still highly recommended, even with a weaker range of engines than its closest rivals.

>> Read the full Kia Sportage review

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>> Leasing price: from £233 per month

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9) Volkswagen Polo (37,453 sold)

2019 Volkswagen Polo front view

It's been around a little while now, but the Polo is still an exceptionally popular choice with buyers after a smaller, city-sized car. Although it's small in stature, the Polo is still a very grown-up car to drive. It has few advantages over its cheaper cousin, the SEAT Ibiza, which - let's face it - is the better buy for the majority of buyers.  

>> Read the full Volkswagen Polo review

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Leasing price: from £195 per month

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8) MINI Hatch (41,188 sold)

MINI Hatch 2020 front view

The MINI Hatch remains as popular as ever in the UK thanks to a strong image, excellent dealer support and some cracking finance deals. The fact it drives really well, too, helps a great deal – and although it doesn't look as good as its predecessors, there's still plenty of showroom appeal in this old stager...

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Leasing price: from £142 per month

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7) Ford Kuga (41,671 sold)

Ford Kuga 2020 front view

The Ford Kuga is due for replacement in 2020, and yet the outgoing model is still drawing in the buyers years after its introduction. As the year draws on, expect deals on this car to get increasingly punchy – and let's face it, it's still an appealing choice for family buyers looking for a rugged crossover.

>> Read the full Ford Kuga review

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6) Nissan Qashqai (52,532 sold)

Nissan Qashqai 2020 front view

Here's the granddaddy of all popular crossovers – and it's no surprise to see the Qashqai still pulls in the buyers. Admittedly now, its appeal is based mainly on its ubiquity and some brilliant deals, but let's not take anything away from this achievement – the Qashqai still drives well and still meets the needs of many, many families across the UK.

>> Read the full Nissan Qashqai review 

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Leasing price: from £174 per month

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5) Mercedes-Benz A-Class (53,724 sold)

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2020) front view

Now in its fourth-generation, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is more popular than ever. It's packed with (much optional) equipment, and is available with a wide variety of engines, bodystyles and trim levels. Unlike the last A-Class, this one is also good to drive, well made and nice to sit in.

>> Read the full Mercedes-Benz A-Class review

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Leasing price: from £267 per month

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4) Vauxhall Corsa (54,239 sold)

Vauxhall Corsa 2019 front view

There's a new Vauxhall Corsa coming in 2020, so these figures reflect the run-out model, which is still readily available in your local dealer. So, it's fair to say that if you really like the look of the old car, now is a great time to buy. We'd hang on for the new one, though, which is far better. Having said that, it's a testament to the Corsa's popularity with buyers that the old one had such a great 2019.

>> Read the Vauxhall Corsa review

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Leasing price: from £184 per month

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3) Ford Focus (56,619 sold)

Ford Focus 2020 front view

The new Ford Focus came fully on stream in 2019, but despite this, it's still behind the Volkswagen Golf. The sportiest RS model will be added in 2020, becoming the all-important halo car of the range. The Focus is a consummate all-rounder, and deservedly won the best small family gong in the 2019 and 2020 Parkers New Car Awards.

>> Read the full Ford Focus review

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Leasing price: from £231 per month

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2) Volkswagen Golf (58,994 sold)

Volkswagen Golf 2019 front view

Like the Vauxhall Corsa in fourth position, Britain's second bestselling car is about to be replaced. The outgoing Volkswagen Golf is still very much on sale and is simply flying out of the showrooms right now, and VW must be hoping that the next one will be just as popular. There are some great deals to be had out there right now – without looking too hard, we found examples of this classy hatchback with more than £3,000 off.

>> Read the full Volkswagen Golf review

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Leasing price: from £280 per month

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1) Ford Fiesta (77,833 sold)

Ford Fiesta 2020 front view

The UK's bestselling car is the Ford Fiesta. It's a position that Ford must be very familiar with as it's been there now for the past 11 years. It might sell on the strength of its good name and large dealer network, but we love the Fiesta because it's brilliant to drive, looks fantastic, and there are some good deals to be had now it's been on sale a few years. Highly recommended and a well-deserved number one spot.

>> Read the full Ford Fiesta review

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Leasing price: from £228 per month

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