Can you guess what the best-selling automobile in the United Kingdom is at the moment? The year 2022 began with a surprise…
10. Toyota Corolla – 1,767 registrations
9. Volkswagen T-Roc – 1,813 registrations
SUVs and tiny crossovers are selling like hotcakes. Volkswagen is a massive automobile manufacturer with a reputation for high-quality construction. The T-Roc is the result of combining the two ideas. The (smaller) T-Cross and (larger) Tiguan are also available, however, the T-Roc has received the most UK registrations thus far.
8. Ford Focus – 1,822 registrations
There had been an era when you could write in the Ford Fiesta as the top of the competition in the UK without looking at the figures, and the Focus would usually follow it. Or, at the very least, sit in third place. That is no longer the case. People are turning away from hatchbacks and superminis to the disadvantage of this ever-present podium contender.
7. Vauxhall Mokka – 2,194 registrations
The Vauxhall Mokka was significantly modified, as the firm benefitted from its sale to Peugeot-Citroen in 2019. They’re now all members of Stellantis, the automotive supergroup, and the Mokka is back on top of the charts.
6. Hyundai Tucson – 2,236 registrations
A few years ago, it would have been difficult to conceive a car drabber than the Hyundai Tucson (pronounced two-son, not tuck-son). However, the South Korean business has recently had a resurgence, producing instant classics such as the i30N. The new Tucson isn’t a track toy, but it’s quite nice. And the purchasing public has taken note.
5. Vauxhall Corsa – 2,285 registrations
Because British drivers trust the Vauxhall brand, it’s no wonder that the Corsa supermini is performing so well on these shores. Sure, it’s not our favorite car in the class, but it looks decent, performs well, and offers reasonable value in comparison to the competition.
4. Mini – 2,313 registrations
In such difficult times, it’s nice to know that a British symbol, even if its roots are ultimately German, is as calm as ever. Of course, BMW owns the firm, and a robust engine lineup and high degrees of personalization keep the car high on our collective want list.
3. Kia Niro – 2,372 registrations
It’s the year 2022, and South Korean automakers are making objects of desire, while BMW designs make some individuals cringe in terror. The Niro is riding that tide of change, but by checking all the critical pragmatic boxes rather than the aesthetic ones.
2. Ford Puma – 2,608 registrations
The Ford logo is always towards the bottom of this listing, but the Puma crossover is now leading the brand’s sales surge in the UK. It makes sense; it’s based on the Fiesta, so the handling is terrific, the engine lineup is powerful, the interior quality is nice, and it’s just a fantastic all-around performer.
1. Kia Sportage – 3,458 registrations
Who could have predicted this? According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the Kia Sportage is the best-selling car in the UK by a wide margin. The Sportage, like most KIAs these days, is well-equipped, and the cabin is spacious. It turns out that we simply desire the most basic features from our automobiles. It’s not surprising, given that fish & chips is the national dish.