Cars: The ‘most popular’ car makes and models in the UK – top 10 list in full

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The type of car you decide to purchase may be based on your lifestyle, or it might simply come down to aesthetics. Though there are hundreds of vehicle makes and models to choose from, some are more popular than others.

New research has discovered the most owned car models in the UK to determine which motors are the nation’s “favourites”.

The study by car insurance experts CarInsurance.ae analysed Government data of the car models in the UK and the number of registered vehicles for each model to show the most popular in the country.

Which cars came out on top?

  1. Ford Fiesta
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Vauxhall Corsa
  4. Volkswagen Golf
  5. Vauxhall Astra
  6. Volkswagen Polo
  7. Nissan Qashqai
  8. Toyota Yaris
  9. Audi A3
  10. Renault Clio

Ford Fiesta was dubbed “Britain’s favourite car”, with 1,521,680 being registered in the UK.

The most popular specification of the Ford Fiesta is the Ford Fiesta Zetec, with a total of 386,882 cars.

A spokesperson for CarInsurance.ae said: “It is fascinating to see which car models the UK favours out of the hundreds available.

“The data shows that the Ford Fiesta is the most popular car in the UK, and is one of nine hatchbacks in the top ten, showing how popular small cars are throughout the country.

“In fact, the Ford Fiesta is so popular that there are more Fiestas on the road in the UK than there are every type of Peugeot.”

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Ford also scooped second place with its Focus model.

According to the analysis, there are more than 1,100,000 cars are on the road.

Among the many specifications available for the Ford Focus, the most common is the Ford Focus Zetec, with just below 75,000 models.

Vauxhall Corsa ranks third on the list of popular car models in the UK, with 1,053,949 owned throughout the country.

The most prevalent version with 58,472 registered is the Vauxhall Corsa SE.

Coming in at fourth on the list is the Volkswagen Golf, which saw 1,040,051 versions of the German car being registered in the UK.

The most owned version of the hatchback is the Volkswagen Golf GT TDI which has a 2-litre diesel engine, with 37,576 vehicles on the road.

Vauxhall Astra is the fifth most popular car model in the UK, as the small family car has more than 829,000 around the country.

The second Volkswagen hatchback, the Volkswagen Polo, comes in at sixth. The car model has 676,350 versions owned by the British public.

The Nissan Qashqai is the only non-hatchback car model to appear on the list, in seventh place.

The crossover has more than 555,000 registered in the country.

Toyota Yaris comes in at the eighth spot on the list, with 488,589 models being owned.

Audi A3 appears at ninth, with 428,223 versions on British roads.

The French hatchback, Renault Clio, finishes the top ten with 407,147 models registered in the UK.

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