Best-selling cars in Britain 2018

Ford's Fiesta tops the table of the best-selling cars in Britain during June 2018, as diesel sales continue to drop

BuyaCar team
Jul 13, 2018

Click on the gallery above to look at the ten best-selling cars last month and how many they sold.

Hybrid car sales soared by more than 50 per cent in June compared with the same month last year, as buyers continued to desert diesel models.

Sales of diesel cars fell by 75,000 last month - down 28 per cent on June 2017. At the same time, the number of new hybrid car sales leapt to more than 14,000, compared with fewer than 9,000 in June 2017.

The figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the car industry body, also revealed that demand for taller crossover and sport utility vehicle (SUV) cars grew strongly by 16.4 per cent in June, while demand for most other car types decreased.


A total of 234,945 new cars were registered in June, a decrease of 3.5 per cent over the same month last year. A 12.3 per cent increase in petrol car sales, combined with the surge in hybrids, didn't make up for plummeting diesel demand. Sales of new electric cars rose by 3.6 per cent year-on-year to 1,519 in June.

At the top of the best-selling car list in June was the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Corsa. Manufacturers celebrating large sales increases in June included BMW, Jeep, Seat and MG. Fiat and Ford saw large drops, though, despite the Fiesta's best-selling position.

Scroll down for the ten best-selling cars in June 2018, and more details on last month's car sales.


Best-selling cars 2018

The top-ten best-selling cars are ranked by the number of new cars registered last month.

  1. Ford Fiesta - 8,900
  2. Volkswagen Golf - 6,873
  3. Vauxhall Corsa - 6,076
  4. Mini Hatchback - 5,839
  5. Volkswagen Polo - 5,494
  6. Ford Focus - 4,840
  7. BMW 3 Series - 4,002
  8. Nissan Qashqai - 3,939
  9. Volkswagen Tiguan - 3,527
  10. BMW 1 Series - 3,383


Best-selling cars: the winners

It's not just manufacturers with cars in the top ten that are celebrating June's sales. MG sold 871 cars during the month, which were largely made up of the new ZS, above. That's a rise of 177 per cent on June 2017 and makes MG more popular in Britain than Alfa Romeo, DS and Jeep. It's likely to lead to much greater choice of used MGs.

Abarth, Bentley, BMW, Jeep, MG, Seat and Subaru all increased sales by 20 per cent or more compared with last June.


Best-selling cars: the fallers

Fiat's little 500 has been on sale for a decade now and its charms can no longer hold up the brand's sales, which slumped by 29 per cent in June. Also struggling with a double-digit drop is Nissan, which saw new car sales decline by 34 per cent, compared with last June.

New and updated versions of its A-Class and C-Class respectively may have affected Mercedes' sales in the first half of the year, which are down by 7 per cent. The brand may reverse the trend as the new cars are now being delivered.

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury brand, continues to struggle, with little more than three cars sold per day - down 75 per cent on last year. Buyers aren't falling for the small Smart range either: just 633 new cars were sold in June, which is 28 per cent down on last year.


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: 92,569 used Fiestas changed hands in the first three months of 2018, ahead of the 83,781 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 12.3% in June, compared with the previous year.

Hybrid cars recorded even larger sales increases: sales of conventional petrol-hybrid models, such as the Toyota Prius, with a motor that recovers energy that's usually lost during braking and uses it to boost power when accelerating, were up to 9,242 in June, which is a year-on-year increase of 51.3 per cent.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles, with a larger battery pack that can be charged up and used to drive on electric power alone for around 20 miles, witnessed a 53.6 per cent sales increase to 4,753 cars.



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