The 10 most popular cars in the UK revealed

The coronavirus pandemic caused new car sales to fall dramatically in March, but were there any winners?...

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More than 44% fewer cars were sold in the UK in March than in the same month last year, as the continuing coronavirus pandemic forces shoppers to delay their purchases. In total, 254,684 new cars were sold during March 2020, compared with 458,054 in March 2019. For the year to date, the UK's new car market is down by 31%.

Of the cars which were sold, the largest positive was among electric cars, which saw sales surge by almost 200% compared with March 2019, with 11,694 new cars sold. 

While the coronavirus pandemic is having a prolonged and dramatic effect on the new car market, it is still possible to research and even buy a new car during the crisis – in fact, on our coronavirus hub page you'll find answers to many of the coronavirus-related questions we're receiving from readers, including whether the shutdown will invalidate your car's warranty, what happens if your car finance agreement comes to an end during the pandemic, and whether you can still drive at all.

Below and over the next few pages, though, we'll look at the 10 best-selling cars in March 2020.

The top 10 sellers in March 2020

10. Range Rover Evoque

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque front tracking RHD

The Evoque is one of the most stylish SUVs you can buy, but there's plenty of substance to back up those looks too. It's well equipped, offers a great driving position and should hold its value very well too. Go for our recommended D180 diesel engine and you'll enjoy smooth acceleration, as well as punch enough to execute a swift overtake on the motorway.

March sales 4399

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

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9. Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Model 3 front three quarters

The Model 3 was riding on a wave of huge expectations when it went on sale last year, but fortunately it more than delivered, with an impressive real-world range of up to 239 miles, eye-widening acceleration and decent practicality – and all at a price which was significantly lower than Teslas which have come before. It's so good, in fact, that we named it as our Large Electric Car of the Year for 2020.

March sales 4718

What Car? rating: Rated 5 out of 5

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8. Kia Sportage

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Kia Sportage

The Sportage is a versatile family SUV that represents great value for money, especially if you stick with the lower trim levels. It also has decent space for rear passengers and in the boot, which means it can haul your family and all their luggage in comfort. Add in that resale values are also decent and it's thoroughly recommendable.

March sales 4988

What Car? rating: Rated 3 out of 5

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

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