Figures have been released for the best-selling cars of 2016 so far, and it’s the same culprits from previous years that appear near the top of the list. Of the top ten released only one is not a hatchback, demonstrating the continuing popularity of smaller, more economical cars.
March is always the busiest month for new car sales as the latest registration plates are released, and March 2016 saw a 5.3% increase of new car sales up on the previous year. Below are five of the most popular cars that have been sold throughout 2016 so far, each one an excellent choice if you’re after a new vehicle in the coming months.
The Ford Fiesta again tops the list of the car with most registrations in 2016 so far. It lead the pack in January with 8,353 units registered in the first month helping it reach the total of 36,327 to date. An attractive style and reliable drive makes it one of the best all round hatchbacks, so it’s no surprise they’re everywhere on our roads.
There’s a plethora of choice between different types and trim levels of Vauxhall Corsa models, which makes them appealing to drivers of varying tastes. Along with being economical to drive and providing excellent value for money, the range of engine sizes vary between powerful to cost-effective, making it a popular choice.
Another Ford hatchback, the Focus had a slower start but its sales are catching up. More appropriate as a family vehicle than its sportier sibling the Fiesta, there’s plenty of choice from 1.0 to 2.0 litre engines and a range of trims.
The Volkswagen Golf has been one of the UK’s best-selling vehicles for ages now and continues this trend despite problems with the German manufacturer’s emissions scandal. Attractive on the outside and thoroughly enjoyable when you’re behind the wheel, it’s a nippy hatchback loved by professionals and petrol heads alike.
Nissan Qashqai SUV
The only non-hatchback on the list, Nissan’s Qashqai SUV is fairly compact as a crossover model. For a larger vehicle it is still relatively economical, delivering 70mpg in some cases. As one of the first such crossovers its popularity has in some ways proved a hindrance, with many rival car brands developing their own similar models to compete with it. Still, the Qashqai is the best-selling of all compact SUVs and provides a great all round driving experience.