The 10 most popular cars in the UK right now

The UK's new car market fell again in August, but a big upturn in sales of electric cars means it's not all bad news. So, who were the big winners?...

05 September 2019
Mercedes A-Class, Volkswagen Golf, Tesla Model 3, Ford Fiesta

The number of new cars sold in the UK fell for the sixth month in a row in August, compounding what is already considered a slow month for sales.

There is good news, though: sales of electric cars continues to rise, with 3147 fully electric models sold last month. That's compared with just 659 electric cars sold in August 2018. A lot of that success is down to the new Tesla Model 3, which has not just broken into our list of the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK this month but reached third position. 

Indeed, the ongoing success story for electric cars is even more pronounced when you look at the year-to-date figures, which show that 8384 more electric cars have been sold in the first eight months of 2019 than in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, sales of diesel cars continue to be hard hit, with 12% fewer diesel-powered cars sold in August than in the same month in 2018. Across the year as a whole, diesel car sales are down by 19%, while sales of petrol cars are up by 2.4%.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said that while the uplift in electric car sales is welcome, the Government needs to commit to creating long-term incentives to encourage buyers to choose zero-emissions models.

Below and over the next few pages, we'll look at the 10 best-selling cars in August.

The top 10 sellers in August 2019

10. Ford Ecosport

Ford Ecosport 2018 front right tracking

The Ecosport is Ford's smallest SUV and competes against the likes of the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka X. It has limited space inside for rear passengers, but we like its user-friendly infotainment system and generous standard equipment.

August sales 1477

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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9. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 75 Energy 3dr

There’s plenty to like about the Corsa, including its spacious interior, keen pricing and plentiful standard kit. An all-new model is coming next year, and it will available as an electric car.

August sales 1592

What Car? rating: Rated 2 out of 5

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8. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI EVO 130 S

The Tiguan has to compete with the class-leading Range Rover Evoque, plus other prestige-badged rivals from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. However, it makes a good case for itself with a spacious interior and a strong range of engines.

August sales 1632

What Car? rating: Rated 4 out of 5

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