Best-selling cars in the UK: electrified models drive sales growth in May

Plug-in cars made up more than a third of the new car market in May, but which new model topped the sales charts? Here are the top 10...

Dealership featuring Mercedes E-Class
Dealership featuring Mercedes E-Class

The number of new cars sold in the UK increased by 1.7% in May compared with the same period last year, marking 22 months of consecutive sales growth.

According to official figures, a total of 147,678 new cars were sold over the course of the month, more than half of which were petrol cars. However, the number of petrol cars sold actually fell by 2.1% compared with last May's figure, from 82,800 to 81,058.

Conversely, electric car (EV) registrations increased by 6.2% this May, reaching 26,031 in total. This is due to increased EV uptake by fleets, likely the result of company car tax incentives. Both regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs) also proved more popular this May than last, with sales rising by 9.6% and 31.5% respectively.

Sales of diesel cars, meanwhile, continued to decline year-on-year, making up just 6.2% of total registrations in May.

The most popular car last month was the Kia Sportage, although the Ford Puma remains the best-seller so far this year.

But which other models made the list? Scroll down this story to find out. And if any of them take your fancy, you can also click through to our free New Car Deals service to see how much we can save you without the hassle of haggling.

Data source: SMMT

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