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The Ford Puma held on to the top spot in 2023. Will it be number one this year?

Last year was a positive one for the automotive industry, with the UK experiencing its best year for car sales since the pandemic.

More than 1.9 million new cars were registered – but one stood out among the rest. The Ford Puma was the best-selling car in the UK in 2023, becoming the first Ford to top the charts since the Ford Fiesta’s 12-year run ended in 2020. 

It fought off stiff competition from the Nissan Qashqai, the Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen T-Roc to reach the summit.

However, the market looks like it could be even more hotly contested than ever before in 2024.

So, which cars are the top 10 best-sellers in the UK so far? See the year-to-date list below, starting from January 2024, using data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders: 

Best-selling cars in the UK in 2024 so far

1. Ford Puma – 23,205 units

Last year's best-selling car, the Ford Puma, is continuing its success in 2024. The crossover still impresses us, thanks to its fun driving dynamics and attractive pricing, and a fun-filled ST variant tops the range.

It may not be the Fiesta we all know and love, but it’s a good, capable alternative nonetheless. It even outsold the Transit and Transit Custom vans, which is no mean feat. 

Read our Ford Puma review

2. Kia Sportage - 20,026 units

The Kia Sportage had a good year in 2023, finishing fourth in the UK sales charts. And it has started 2024 strongly, hovering near the top of the table. 

Consistency is key for this crossover, which entered its fifth generation at the tail end of 2022, sporting an eye-catching design, on-trend powertrains and strong value for money.

Read our Kia Sportage review

3. Nissan Qashqai – 19,687 units

The Nissan Qashqai – the best-seller of 2022 – finished 2023 in second place, but it’s still hot on the heels of the Puma and the Kia Sportage mid way through 2024.

The British-built crossover continues to appeal to buyers here through its excellent practicality. Its appeal has no doubt been bolstered by the addition of electrified powertrains for its third generation. 

Read our Nissan Qashqai review

4. Audi A3 - 16,520 units

The Audi A3 is one of just four cars on this list that isn't an SUV, and it even outsells its Volkswagen Golf sibling nowadays, as it did in 2023.

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It's certainly worthy of its spot in the top 10, offering a comfortable ride and good body control, plus a plush, roomy interior. The fact that it's also substantially cheaper than the rival Mercedes-Benz A-Class also helps its case.

Read our Audi A3 Sportback review

5. Volkswagen Golf - 15,573 units

The Volkswagen Golf isn’t quite as popular as it once was, but it’s still a top pick for drivers on the hunt for a good all-round family hatchback.

The more premium Audi A3 was slightly more popular in 2023, but the Golf is likely to pick up a significant boost this year with the arrival of a facelift, a more powerful GTI and longer-range plug-in hybrid models.

Read our Volkswagen Golf review 

6. Nissan Juke - 15,538 units

The Nissan Juke remains a very popular car among UK buyers, having finished 2023 in eighth place. The crossover went on sale with a brand-new design in 2020, then a facelift arrived in the middle of last year, along with hybrid power for the first time. 

Read our Nissan Juke review

7. BMW 1 Series - 14,194 units

The BMW 1 Series has been on sale in its current form since 2019, but it’s still a popular choice for those who want a classy hatchback with a smart interior and frugal powertrains. 

No BMW finished in the top 10 last year, but could the 1 Series change that this time around? It offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with a model range topped by the M-tuned M135i xDrive. 

Read our BMW 1 Series review

8. MG HS - 14,161 units

This Chinese crossover offers class-leading value for money, and it received a facelift last year, putting it in line for even more mainstream success in 2024.

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Available with a petrol engine or as a more frugal plug-in hybrid, the MG HS also comes with a good level of equipment as standard, including a 10.1in touchscreen, a 360deg parking camera and smartphone mirroring. 

Read our MG HS review

9. Volkswagen T-Roc - 13,323 units

The T-Roc is a top choice for drivers on the hunt for a good all-round family car.

Available with a selection of petrol engines, a new version of the T-Roc will arrive soon as the brand’s final internal combustion car, before it moves to EV-only. 

Read our Volkswagen T-Roc review

10. Vauxhall Corsa - 12,925 units

The Vauxhall Corsa hasn't quite seen the success it garnered over the last two years in 2024, but we're happy to see the supermini re-enter the top ten. 

It finished second to the Qashqai in 2022, despite topping the leaderboard for ten out of twelve months - could it creep back into the top five before the end of the year?

Its success is in part due to its PSA-developed underpinnings and mix of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains, and a it received a smart-looking facelift this year to boost its standing. 

Read our Vauxhall Corsa review

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catnip 5 June 2024

When Autocar write a new, updated article like this, why don't they start again with new comments? Its too much of a chore looking through all the old ones from previous articles.

LP in Brighton 7 May 2024

So no exclusive EVs in the UK's YTD top 10 - and no Ford Focus despite two VAG hatchbacks and a BMW 1-Series appearing. Maybe that's why Ford is dropping it. It's interesting how the UK market is becoming mopre fragmented with lots of cars selling modest volumes rather than clear winners and losers of the past. 

xxxx 7 May 2024

Nope, Focus isn't selling because the starting price for the sad as .... 1 litre is only 250 quid less than the much quicker BMW 1 series.

HiPo 289 10 April 2024

Why do some consumers still buy new petrol cars which are more expensive overall than EVs and less interesting to drive?  It's not logical.  They must be the same people who continued to buy horses after the Ford Model T launched.