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The 10 most popular cars in the UK right now

The UK's new car market grew slightly in July compared with the same month in 2017, but the figures show it's still a bleak picture for diesel

Words By Darren Moss

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Top 10 most popular cars in the UK

New car sales in the UK have risen by 1.3% in July compared with the same month last year, with more than 163,800 cars sold.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the new car market is now beginning to stabilise following a turbulent start to the year that saw consistently low numbers of cars sold. The overall picture is still one of decline, however, with year-to-date sales down by 5.5% compared with the first seven months of 2017.

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Sales of diesel cars continue to be worst hit, with almost 30% fewer cars sold so far in 2018 compared with last year. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales of petrol cars are up by 12.3%, while sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles (which includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric cars) are up by more than 23%. However, even with more than 83,500 such cars being sold so far in 2018, alternatively fuelled vehicles only account for 5.7% of the new car market.

These were the 10 best-selling new cars of July 2018.


10. Kia Sportage

The 10th biggest seller in July was the Sportage, Kia's family SUV rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq. It's long been a popular car on whatcar.com, and we like its spacious and practical interior, good equipment levels and value for money – especially if you opt for our recommended 1.7 CRDi 2 model.

July sales 2442

What Car? rating Rated 3 out of 5

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9. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan has to compete with the class-leading Volvo XC40 and other prestige-badged rivals from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, it makes a good case for itself with a spacious interior and a good selection of engines. The mid-range 2.0-litre diesel in SE specification is our recommended choice.

July sales 2687

What Car? rating Rated 4 out of 5

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8. Ford Kuga

If you're in the market for a large SUV, the chances are that the Ford Kuga has already sprung to mind, along with its key rivals the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq..

It's well priced, but even so, sizeable discounts are regularly available. It also scores well for reliability, and our recommended Zetec trim comes with everything you're likely to want, including air conditioning, cruise control and 17in alloy wheels.

July sales 2776

What Car? rating Rated 3 out of 5

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