Last year saw a whopping 2.7 million total cars registered in the UK, with especially huge growth throughout the year for British car manufacturing. In our previous blog post we looked at the best selling cars halfway through the year; now we’ve got a final round-up of the best sellers in 2016. Read on to find out what has moved, what’s dropped out of the race completely and if the Ford Fiesta kept its crown!
10 – Audi A3
The Audi A3 is the perfect car for a small family as it has reasonable running costs and looks great inside and out. With 43,808 registrations this year, the Audi A3 steals a place in the top ten. It offers the widest range out of most cars on sale today, from saloon’s to a Sportback hatch, there’s something for everyone!
9 – Mercedes C Class
Coming in at #9 in the top 10 is the Mercedes C-Class. This entry level luxury car has plenty of space inside and is comfortable inside. It feels great to drive with excellent steering and comes with parking sensors as standard. The Mercedes C-Class has certainly earned it’s place in the top 10 alongside it’s rivals Audi.
8 – Mini
There were 48,328 registrations of the Mini in 2016 keeping it a place in the top ten. The British automotive model has been owned by German giants BMW since mid-2000. The Mini is compact but looks stylish and drives efficiently compared to other similar hatchbacks.
7 – Volkswagen Polo
Dropping down one position since our previous post is Volkswagen’s Polo. The Polo is a practical, well-built car with low running costs which has made it a popular choice once again for buyers. It might not be the most exciting car to look at but it has an overall smart finish with a simple design which may appeal to more.
6 – Vauxhall Astra
Like the Corsa, the Astra is another of Vauxhall’s best sellers and won the European Car of the Year award in 2016, the first time it has won the award. Available as an Estate or a Hatchback, the latest version is light, handles well and is reasonably priced.
5 – Nissan Qashqai
Nissan’s Qashqai was one of the first cars to combine a 4v4 style with hatchback running costs, making it quickly a popular car choice for families. The Qashqai offers plenty of space whilst still being an easy car to drive.
4 – Volkswagen Golf
With 69,492 registrations in 2016, Volkswagen has secured its place in the top 5 best-selling cars of 2016. VW Golf’s are on the pricier side to buy but they do retain their value like no other. Entering it’s 7th generation, the Golf still offers one of the most efficient drives, which means lower CO2 emissions and lower running costs.
3 – Ford Focus
Back again in the top three is Ford who has had a huge year. The Ford Focus has dominated best-selling charts for a few successive years now. It’s easy to see why the Focus has been a favourite family hatchback: it’s fun to drive, looks great and offers buyers tons of choices.
2 – Vauxhall Corsa
Retaining its second place in the race is the Vauxhall Corsa. The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best value cars for money so it’s no surprise that it has kept it’s second place. It now offers one of the largest range of engines and specs whilst retaining the same beloved underbody.
The Ford Fiesta has kept its top spot with an incredible 112,327 new registrations in 2016. With a new model set to be released in 2017, it looks like Ford could be strong competitor for competitors throughout the course of this year. If you are in the market for a used Ford Fiesta, we have a great selection to choose from.
That concludes the best selling cars of 2016! Looking ahead, our predictions for 2017 are that the Ford Fiesta will continue to dominate in the top of the charts with its new release later this year. As 2016 was a record breaking year for UK car manufacturers, with 2016 being one of the best years in a decade for production, we’re certain this trend will continue into 2017.