The 10 most popular cars in the UK right now

The UK's new car market fell in November as the new WLTP emissions tests slow down sales, but there were still plenty of winners. We count down the best-sellers...

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What Car? team
05 December 2017

Mini hatchback, Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Focus

The number of new cars sold in the UK fell in November compared with the same month in 2017, with the decline blamed on supply shortages created by the tough new WLTP emissions tests that came into force in September.

In total, 158,639 new cars were sold last month, with the vast majority of those being petrol-powered. In fact, diesel cars continue to be hit hard, with sales down by almost 30% so far this year compared to 2017.

In contrast, petrol sales are up by almost 9% across this year so far, while sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars) are up by 22%. It's important to remember, however, that such cars still account for only around 7% of the total market.

The top 10 sellers for November 2018

10. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa

It may be getting on a bit, but there's still plenty to like about the Corsa, including its spacious interior, keen pricing and the fact that you get a lot of kit as standard.

November sales 2594

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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9. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

If you're looking for a less pricey family SUV, the Kia Sportage should definitely be on your list. You generally get a lot for your money, both in terms of space and equipment, and resale values are good, too.

November sales 2731

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

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8. Vauxhall Mokka X

Used Vauxhall Mokka X 16-present

The Mokka X is Vauxhall's rival to the Renault Captur and Suzuki Vitara. It's well equipped and available with generous discounts, but it's a shame that its ride and refinement fall well below the class best.

November sales 2778

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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Next: more of November's best-selling new cars >

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