The Ford Fiesta remained the country's best-selling car last month, with more than 15,000 buyers picking up a new 61-plate supermini from Ford showrooms.
The numberplate change makes September the second-biggest month for car sales, and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that registrations were higher than expected.
However, the organisation has cut its forecast for next year, blaming 'continued weakness in UK domestic demand and the uncertainty across European economies.'
Despite the gloomy economic outlook, almost two million buyers will have bought new cars by the end of 2011 – but which one is right for you? To help you decide, we've got the lowdown on Britain's most popular cars.
1 Ford Fiesta
Our verdict: It's great to drive, the engines are clean and it should be cheap to run.
Our pick: Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr
Hot deals: Ford Fiesta
2 Ford Focus
Our verdict: A superb family hatchback that’s well specified and competitively priced.
Our pick: Ford Focus 1.6T 150 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr
Hot deals: Ford Focus
3 Vauxhall Corsa
Our verdict: A great-value car that’s comfortable and has a roomy, high-quality cabin.
Our pick: Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.4i VVT Exclusiv 5dr
Hot deals: Vauxhall Corsa
4 Volkswagen Golf
Our verdict: Desirable, refined and great to drive, the VW Golf is one of the best all-rounders.
Our pick: Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr
Hot deals: Volkswagen Golf
5 Vauxhall Astra
Our verdict: The classy, spacious cabin is a real highlight, but the Astra falls short of the best small family hatchbacks in too many other areas.
Our pick: Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.4T Exclusiv 5dr
Hot deals: Vauxhall Astra
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