Best-selling cars in Britain 2019

Ford's Fiesta continues to be Britain's best-selling car in 2019 as sales of diesel cars slump. Full details of last year's top-sellers

BuyaCar team
Jul 5, 2019

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

The Ford Fiesta continues its stronghold on the British car market and remains Britain’s best-selling new car. Ford shifted 7,507 new Fiestas in June - nearly two thousand more than the second most popular car, the Vauxhall Corsa.

Nissan’s Qashqai remains the best-selling crossover, placing sixth.

The UK new car market was down 4.9% overall, compared to the same time last year.

This is partially due to the continued demise of diesel sales - registrations are down 20.5% year on year. Petrol sales were up, although only by 3%.

Plug-in hybrid vehicle sales continue to fall, this month by 50.4% in June. Some have attributed the loss in sales down to the government's decision to scrap the plug-in car grant for everything but fully electric vehicles. 

A total of 223,421 new cars were registered in June 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Despite Ford taking the top place, its sales fell 1% year on year.

MG continues to fly, with sales up 24% year on year. 1,078 MGs were registered in June; more than Alfa Romeo and Jeep combined. 

Volvo was a big winner too - registering 5,260 cars. When compared to June last year, sales are up 16%.


Best-selling cars 2019

Best-selling cars in June 2019


Best-selling cars: the winners

Dacia was the biggest winner of the month (well, among the more everyday car makers) - recording 2,935 sales - an increase of 47% with the same time last year.

Chevrolet, Lotus, MG, Toyota, and Volvo saw demand rise by at least 10 per cent compared with June 2018.


Best-selling cars: the fallers

Citroen was the biggest faller among the major car makers - sales are down 22% when compared to the same time last year.

Other big brands like BMW (-13.%), Fiat (-33%), Honda (-16.33%), Skoda (-10.59%), Suzuki (-19%), Vauxhall (-15%) and Volkswagen (-12%) are all down by at least 10%.

Best-selling cars by fuel

Customers continue to avoid diesel cars, with even more drivers deserting the fuel in favour of petrol, hybrid or electric models.

In 2016, 1.2 million diesel cars hit the roads, accounting for almost half of all cars sold that year. But as diesel emissions came under scrutiny and the threat of diesel surcharges and taxes grew, so demand decreased. Two years later, in 2018 new diesel car registrations had dropped to 750,165 and made up just 32 per cent of the market. Now, in 2019, the proportion of new cars that are powered by diesel has fallen just below 30 per cent. 

Petrol cars now account for almost two thirds of the new car market, and electric car sales are growing - but slowly. Last year, 15,474 new electric cars were registered, compared with 13,597 in 2017. Demand was boosted in the final months of the year when the government announced an imminent cut in its electric car grant, which meant that buyers bought cars early to secure the subsidy before funding ran out.

Manufacturers planning to launch a raft of new electric cars in 2019 will be hoping that this rate of growth continues.


Best-selling used cars

The latest SMMT used car sales figures, released in May 2019, show that the Ford Fiesta was the most popular car on the used market for the first quarter of 2019, with 92,798 cars changing hands.

The Fiesta carries on where it left off - as it was the most popular used car for 2018 too, accrewing 322,532 transactions for the year.

In total, 2,020,144 used cars found new homes in the first quarter of 2019 - down 0.6% compared with the same time last year.

Sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric cars rose 30.7% year on year. Of these vehicles, hybrids experienced the largest growth - up 34.2%. Pure electric rose 4.8%.

These vehicles only accounted for 1.6% of all transactions - meaning conventional petrol and diesel engines made up 98.3% of the market. Petrol sales were up 1.1%, while diesel sales were down 3.6%


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