The UK’s best-selling cars of 2024 so far

Ford Puma was UK’s best-selling car in 2023, but Sportage has started the year strongly

Last year was a positive year 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. The Ford Puma was the UK’s best-selling car 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, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen T-Roc to reach the top.

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

So which are the top 10 best selling cars in the UK so far? See the year-by-day list below, starting in January 2024, using data from the Association of Motor Manufacturers and Dealers:

The best selling cars in the UK in 2024 so far

1. Ford Puma – 15,054 units

Last year’s best-selling car, the Ford Puma, looks set to continue 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. Nissan Qashqai – 14,555 units

The Nissan Qashqai – the best seller of 2022 – ended 2023 in second place, but is still hot behind the Puma and Sportage in early 2024.

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

Read our Nissan Qashqai review

3. Kia Sportage – 13,632 units

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

Consistency is key for this crossover, which entered its fifth generation at the end of 2022, with an attractive design, on-trend engines and strong value for money.

Read our Kia Sportage review

4. Nissan Juke – 11,206 units

The Nissan Juke remains a very popular car among UK buyers, ending 2023 in eighth place. The crossover went on sale with an all-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

5. Audi A3 – 10,493 units

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

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

Read our Audi A3 Sportback review

6. BMW 1 Series – 10,406

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 high-class hatchback with a smart interior and frugal engines.

No BMW finished in the top 10 last year, but can the 1 Series change that this year? The hatchback model starts at £28,740 and offers a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with a model range headlined by the M-tuned M135i xDrive.

Read our BMW 1 Series review

7. Volkswagen Golf – 10,290 units

The Volkswagen Golf isn’t as popular as it once was, but it’s still a top choice for drivers looking for a good all-round family hatchback.

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

Read our Volkswagen Golf review

8. Mini 3dr/5dr – 10,049 units

Despite its age, the Mini hatchback continues to be one of the most popular cars in the UK. Last year, it finished ahead of key rivals including the Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Yaris.

With a versatile range of petrol, electric and Cooper performance variants, the Mini can always be counted on to drive and look good. A long-awaited new model is coming soon.

Read our Mini review

9. MG HS – 10,028 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.

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

Read our MG HS review

10. Volkswagen T-Roc – 8,934 units

The T-Roc is a hit for drivers looking for a good all-round family car.

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

Read our Volkswagen T-Roc review


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