Top 10 bestselling cars in the UK

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Tesla Model 3 bestseller for September

These are the bestselling cars in the UK in September 2021 according to the latest official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The big news is that overall sales are considerably lower than this time last year. As a consequence, the Top 10 sellers are quite topsy-turvy compared with what you'd normally expect. The Tesla Model 3 is top of the charts, and the year's bestselling car – the Vauxhall Corsa – has fallen to second place.

Keep reading to find out which were the UK's bestselling cars for September 2021, and scroll down to the bottom of the page for more detailed analysis.

Top 10 bestselling cars for September 2021

1. Tesla Model 3 (6,879 sold)

Tesla Model 3

Tesla sales vary considerably month on month. Strong finance deals and low car tax make it a compelling proposition.

>> Read the full Tesla Model 3 review 

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2. Vauxhall Corsa (5,235 sold)

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall's little Corsa is the bestselling car in the UK so far in 2021, but has been pipped to the post by the Tesla Model 3 for September.

>> Read the full Vauxhall Corsa review 

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3. BMW 3 Series (4,788 sold)

BMW 3 Series

This perennial bestseller proves despite the influx of SUVs, the UK buying public still loves a flash saloon.

>> Read the full BMW 3 Series review 

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4. Toyota Yaris (4,364 sold)

Toyota Yaris (2021) front view

Another appearance in the UK Top 10 for the new version of Toyota's popular small hybrid-only car. It's a deserved placing, as the new Yaris is an excellent all-rounder, that drives well and makes great use of its hybrid drivetrain.

>> Read the full Toyota Yaris review

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5. Nissan Qashqai (4,118 sold)

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan's bestseller in the UK is deserving of its place on this list. It's well-made, has a practical and clever boot, and is now up-to-date in tech race too. Clever hybrid powertrain due out next year too, which only adds to the appeal of the Qashqai.

>> Read the Nissan Qashqai review 

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6. Kia Sportage (4,104 sold)

2020 Kia Sportage front view

The popular Sportage makes another appearance in the UK Top 10, and continues to fight for the title of the UK's bestselling family-sized SUV.

>> Read the Kia Sportage full review

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7. Volkswagen Polo (4,062 sold)

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen's Polo is a semi-regular in the Top 10. It's due to get a mild facelift later this year, but the good news is that it looks little different, meaning buyers of this one can be confident it's not going to age.

>> Read the full Volkswagen Polo review 

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8. Toyota Aygo (3,857 sold)

Toyota Aygo

Rare appearance from Toyota's smallest car. There's a new model around the corner, so the Japanese company has been offering it with 0% APR for a while now.

>> Read the full Toyota Aygo review 

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9. Kia Niro (3,776 sold)

Kia Niro

Seven-year warranty and keen finance deals explains why Kia's sensible SUV makes it into the Top 10 for September.

>> Read the full Kia Niro review 

>> Find a Kia Niro for sale near you

10. Volkswagen Golf (3,609 sold)

Volkswagen Golf R (2021) front view

The Volkswagen Golf 8 is clearly beginning to establish itself as the top-selling family hatchback ahead of the Ford Focus, although there's no doubt that Ford won't let that situation last for long without putting up a fight.

>> Read the full Volkswagen Golf review

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September 2021 market analysis

September's new car registrations fell by 34% compared with the same time last year according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The decline was artificially heightened by comparison with the same month last year, when registrations rose dramatically as showrooms enjoyed a full month’s operation following the first 2020 lockdown.

CEO of AA Cars. James Fairclough, put it down to the global chip shortage. He said: 'The supply of new cars has stubbornly failed to improve. In August the number of cars leaving UK factories slumped by a further 27%, the second successive fall in output. Despite dealers' best efforts to fulfill customer orders as quickly as possible, too often they just don't have the vehicles to sell.'

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