Best-selling cars 2023: the UK’s top 10 most popular models

The UK’s new car market has officially recorded a full year of consecutive growth. 143,921 cars were registered in July 2023, and this marks a 28.3 per cent increase compared to July 2022. 

July saw a new EV registered ‘every 60 seconds’ after an enormous 87.9 per cent increase in demand. This resulted in BEVs making up 16 per cent of July’s total registrations, but fleet and business purchases continue to dominate BEV sales as the number of private buyers only grew by 0.3 per cent. Petrol remains the most popular fuel type, while diesels and plug-in hybrids accounted for only 7.8 and 8.1 per cent of July’s market share respectively.

Although production of the Fiesta has now come to an end, Ford still saw two of its models among July’s best-selling cars. 2,530 Kuga SUVs were sold last month, while the Puma crossover continues to be the country’s best-seller with a further 4,124 hitting the road.

Last-year’s best-seller, the Nissan Qashqai, continues to prove a success for the brand with 3,032 units registered in July. The Kia Sportage just managed to top it, though, with 3,060 sold.

Below you’ll find the 10 best-selling cars in the UK for 2023 so far…

The UK’s best-selling cars 2023

  1. Ford Puma
  2. Vauxhall Corsa
  3. Nissan Qashqai
  4. Tesla Model Y
  5. Hyundai Tucson
  6. Kia Sportage
  7. Nissan Juke
  8. MINI
  9. Vauxhall Mokka
  10. Ford Fiesta

1. Ford Puma – 26,889

As the best-selling car for the past four months, the Puma crossover continues to be Ford’s top performer. The Ford Puma is an SUV sibling to the Fiesta, with both cars sharing the same underpinnings. The Fiesta’s demise may be at least part of the reason for the Puma’s strong sales figures, and this success may well continue as ex-Fiesta customers search for an alternative.

2. Vauxhall Corsa – 23,751

The Vauxhall Corsa’s consistent appearance in this list should go some way towards quashing concerns about the death of the small car, even though the smaller city car segment has seen a major decline. In fact, on its current trajectory, there’s a real chance that this supermini could become the year’s overall best-seller.

3. Nissan Qashqai – 23,015

Last year’s best-selling car continues to hold itself high in the UK’s new car sales charts. The British-built Nissan Qashqai still boasts a reputation as one of the country’s favourite SUVs, and is managing to see off a huge amount of competition.

4. Tesla Model Y – 21,835

With a number of monthly appearances as a best-selling EV, the Tesla Model Y is holding firm in the 2023 total sales charts. Now that the brand has axed right-hand drive versions of the Model X and Model S, customers could soon start to flock towards this all-electric SUV instead.

5. Hyundai Tucson – 21,286

Much like its Kia Sportage sister car, the Hyundai Tucson has developed into a much more sophisticated vehicle than its predecessors. Class-leading levels of space, a striking design and solid build quality are just some of the reasons why we have named it our Mid-size SUV of the Year for three years in a row. 

6. Kia Sportage – 21,117

Kia is continuing its attempts to move up market and the latest Sportage is clear evidence of that process in action. The fifth-generation Sportage’s eye-catching styling, comfortable ride and up-to-date technology mean that this model has come a very long way from its utilitarian roots, and it’s far more appealing to buyers as a result.

7. Nissan Juke – 20,498

Nissan’s quirky crossover has long been a sales success for the brand, and the second-generation model is continuing this trend. Although the Ford Puma is leading the way for crossover sales, the Juke is holding its own.

8. MINI – 18,046

Since 1959, Britain has always loved the Mini. Today, the next generation of MINI models is due to arrive very soon but, in the meantime, buyers are still snapping up the brand’s existing models in droves. 

9. Vauxhall Mokka – 17,998

Vauxhall is on something of a small car roll, not only has the Corsa sat in the top rankings of this list for several months, but now the Mokka crossover is slowly climbing up the table, too. The Mokka is a rival for the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke that appear further up this list, but unlike those two, this model has the option of all-electric power.

10. Ford Fiesta – 17,480

The Fiesta is no more, so it’s very likely that this will be its last appearance on this list. Customers were clearly keen to snap up the remaining examples of this beloved supermini, and that’s little surprise as it’s a great all-rounder thanks to its reasonable practicality, low running costs and overall sense of fun.

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