The 10 most popular cars in the UK right now

Newly released sales figues show that the UK car market shrunk slightly in February. We take a look at the winners and losers, and count down the top 10 most popular new cars

Words BySteve Huntingford

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The most popular cars in the UK

A total of 83,115 new cars were registered in the UK in February – a 0.3% decrease on the same month last year.

The figures, which were released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), also show that there continues to be a big spike in the popularity of alternative-fuel (electric and hybrid) vehicles; sales of these grew by 48.9% on last year's figures, although they still represented only 4.1% of the total market. Petrol car registrations were up by 5.8% last month, while diesel registrations fell by 9.2%.

The figures suggest that rumours diesel cars could be banned from some city centres are having an impact on the popularity of diesel cars, but that consumer confidence in general remains strong, despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union (EU).

Some buyers may also be waiting to buy a new car in March, when the new 2017 number plates come into effect.

Most of the best sellers are hatchbacks, such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf, but SUVs also feature prominently. Below we take a look at the top 10.

The top 10 sellers for February 2017:

10. BMW 3 Series

Alongside the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series is a popular choice among company car drivers looking for a plush executive saloon. It's engaging to drive, has a strong range of engines, and its excellent iDrive infotainment system is one of the best around.

February sales 1341

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

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9. Vauxhall Corsa

The latest Vauxhall Corsa small hatchback has an economical range of engines, while its interior can just about seat five adults. Some rivals are sharper to drive – most notably the Ford Fiesta – but the Corsa is cheaper than most of its rivals.

February sales 1362

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

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8. Audi A3

A former What Car? Car of the Year, the Audi A3 remains the best car in the family car class. It's available with a wide range of strong yet efficient engines, and as is usually the case with modern Audis, its interior is beautifully finished. Strong resale values and an enjoyable driving experience further sweeten the deal.

February sales 1532

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

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