Best-selling cars in Britain 2018

Ford Fiesta tops the table of the best-selling cars in April 2018

BuyaCar team
May 4, 2018

Click on the gallery above to look at the top 10, and how many they sold.

While sales of new diesel cars continue to collapse, a surge in buyers of petrol, electric and hybrid vehicles meant that new car sales rose in April.

A total of 167,911 new cars hit the road during the month, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the industry body. That's an increase of ten per cent over the same month last year and comes despite a 17,000 fall in diesel sales - down by a quarter compared with 2017. Much of the sales change may be down to last April's tax changes. Many buyers avoided an increase by getting their car early in March.

At the top of the list in April was the Ford Fiesta, which remains the most popular car in Britain; almost 8,000 new Fiestas arrived on the roads, accounting for almost one in 20 new sales.

The rest of the top three was made up of the familiar Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai. These were followed by the Ford Focus, which remains extremely popular, despite the launch of the all-new 2018 Ford Focus, which has gone on sale. First deliveries are expected at the end of the summer.

Another car that's defying the arrival of a new model is the Mercedes A-Class. it was the ninth best-selling new car in April, with 2,636 vehicles registered, even though there's only a month before the first examples of a new-generation A-Class are delivered to customers.

Vauxhall failed to have any car in the top five best-sellers - an unusual event for one of the country's most popular brands. The highest-ranked car was the Mokka X, in seventh position, followed by the Corsa, which has previously rivalled the Fiesta for sales.

Click to jump to the table of the ten best-selling cars in April 2018, or scroll down for more details on April's car sales.


Best-selling cars: the winners

It's not just manufacturers with cars in the top ten that will be celebrating April's sales. MG sold more 829 cars during the month, fuelled by its new ZS, above. The figures are higher than for Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Lexus and DS, and an increase of almost 300 per cent on April 2017. It's likely to lead to much greater choice of used MGs.

Citroen, Dacia, Jaguar, Porsche, McLaren, Seat, Volkswagen and Volvo all increased sales by a third or more compared with last February. Most have launched new versions of popular models in the past year, including the Seat Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo and Volvo XC60; others have introduced new models, such as Jaguar and its E-Pace; while cut-price brand Dacia has simply continued its rise in popularity.


Best-selling cars: the fallers

Some of BMW's big-selling cars are becoming dated and are due for replacement in the coming months; these include the 1-Series, 3-Series and X5. This hasn't helped the brand's current sales, which are down by 20% on the previous April. Its rivals didn't have a stellar month either: Mercedes sales reduced by 1% and Audi's figures barely changed despite the large rise in the overall car market.

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury brand, continues to struggle, with little more than two cars sold per day, while buyers aren't falling for the charms of the small Smart range: new sales were half of what they were in April 2017.


Best-selling used cars

The most recent SMMT used car sales data shows that the Ford Fiesta (above) is also the most popular car on the used market: 375,630 used Fiestas changed hands in 2017, ahead of the 347,691 Ford Focus models in second place.

Vauxhall then followed with its Corsa and Astra; the Volkswagen Golf rounded off the top five.


Best-selling cars by fuel

Diesel cars now account for less than a third of new cars sold: two years ago, they made up more than half. Buyers have mainly been switching to petrol models, causing sales of those cars to increase by 39% in April, compared with the previous year.

Electric and hybrid cars are growing in popularity too, helped partly by a new version of the Nissan leaf. In April, 929 fully electric cars were sold, along with 2,929 plug-in hybrid models that have a range of several miles on electric power alone. Two in every 100 cars sold are now plug-in models

Standard hybrid cars, including the familiar Toyota Prius, recorded a 59% increase in new sales, with almost 5,500 hitting the roads in April.


Best-selling cars, April 2018

CarNew registrations (April 2018)
1. Ford Fiesta7,811
2. Volkswagen Golf5,482
3. Nissan Qashqai4,257
4. Ford Focus3,784
5. Volkswagen Polo2,995
6. Ford Kuga2,769
7. Vauxhall Mokka X2,694
8. Vauxhall Corsa2,643
9. Mercedes A-Class2,636
10. Mercedes C-Class2,627


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