Gareth Herincx

It’s honest to say that the automotive business confronted one among its most difficult years in 2020, what with nationwide lockdowns and manufacturing unit shutdowns. Regardless of the pandemic, 1.63 million new vehicles have been registered within the UK, in contrast with 2.3m in 2019 – a decline of practically a 3rd (29%), and the bottom complete since 1992.

However what have been the ten best-selling vehicles of 2020? We reveal the most well-liked vehicles of final 12 months.

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Ford Fiesta – 49,174 registrations


The enduring Ford Fiesta was the UK’s top-selling automotive once more in 2020 – a place it has now held for the previous 12 years. In actual fact, it is also Britain’s best-selling automotive of all time (overtaking the Ford Escort approach again in 2014). Now in its seventh era, it gives very good dealing with, loads of area, beneficiant gear ranges, a variety of environment friendly engines and low operating prices.

Go for the wonderful 1.0-litre EcoBoost gentle hybrid petrol turbo engine and also you get 56.5mpg with low CO2 emissions of 114g/km. Pay a couple of thousand kilos extra for a sporty ST-Line X or ST scorching hatch. Priced from £16,640.

Vauxhall Corsa – 46,439 registrations


The Corsa identify has been a fixture on UK roads since 1993, and this fifth era of Vauxhall’s supermini is the very best but. Fashionable, spacious, economical and interesting to drive, it now even has a bonus over its arch-rival, the Fiesta. Not solely does it come with a alternative of petrol and diesel engines, however there’s additionally an inexpensive pure electrical model (badged Corsa-e).

The EV model has a variety of 209 miles and it may be charged to 80% (including 168 miles) through a 50kW speedy charger or in a single day at dwelling utilizing a wallbox. Priced from £16,440.

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Volkswagen Golf – 43,109 registrations


The all-new eighth era of Volkswagen’s big-selling household hatchback was launched in 2020 – and it is a class act. A smooth evolution of the outgoing mannequin, it comes with stacks of recent digital expertise, together with voice activated management, which lets you handle an entire vary of capabilities with out touching a button.

Supplied with a alternative of petrol, diesel and gentle hybrid engines (plus a plug-in hybrid), the brand new Golf is extra refined, comfy and enjoyable to drive than ever. Priced from £23,355.

Ford Focus – 39,372 registrations


The Focus has been one of many UK’s favorite vehicles yearly because the unique was launched in 1998. Now in its fourth era, its mixture of fine seems to be, practicality and enjoyable dealing with are a profitable mixture. There is a broad alternative of petrol, diesel and gentle hybrid engines on provide, with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost 125 providing the very best mixture of efficiency and financial system (47.1mpg).

If you would like one thing extra sporty, then go for the ST model which is quick and agile with a 0- 62mph time of 5.7 seconds. The Focus vary is priced from £22,210.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 37,608 registrations


The primary of two premium vehicles within the High 10, the A-Class is competitively priced, full of tech, boasts a cultured inside and nice construct high quality, and it drives properly.

Up in opposition to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Sequence, the Merc is on the market as a five-door hatchback or four-door saloon and there is a stable alternative of petrol and diesel engines, plus a plug-in hybrid (badged A 250 e). There’s even a blisteringly quick model (Mercedes-AMG A forty five S) which is able to 0-62mph in simply 3.9 seconds. The A- Class vary is priced from £23,085.

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Nissan Qashqai – 33,972 registrations


Though the second-generation Qashqai has been on sale since 2013, the automotive that kicked off the crossover increase continues to be promoting properly. Comfy, sensible, simple to drive and low cost to run, it’s beginning to present its age, so the all-new mannequin due later in 2021 could not come quickly sufficient.

Constructed at Nissan’s big plant in Sunderland, it is up in opposition to stiff competitors from the likes of the Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar, Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Ateca. Priced from £23,550.

MINI Hatch – 31,233 registrations


Obtainable as a 3 or five-door hatchback, the automotive icon that’s the British- made MINI is funky, trendy, enjoyable to drive and boasts an actual premium really feel.

You possibly can select between petrol and diesel engines, plus a 100% electrical model which has a variety of 145 miles, but boasts MINI’s trademark agility on the highway. It is nippy too with a 0-62mph time of seven.3 seconds, however seeming a lot swifter. The vary is priced from £16,400.

Volkswagen Polo – 26,965 registrations


Up from ninth place in 2019, the sixth era Polo is among the finest superminis available on the market. Good wanting, well-equipped, frugal and blessed with a surprisingly refined driving expertise, it additionally boasts the newest driver help and security techniques, similar to its major supermini rivals – the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio.

Obtainable with a sensible choice of petrol and diesel engines, if you’d like extra dynamism, attempt the speedy Polo GTI. The vary is priced from £17,125.

Ford Puma – 26,294 registrations


Contemplating it was solely launched at the start of 2020, the Puma compact SUV has been one of many 12 months’s star performers. Up in opposition to the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross, this athletic, all-new automotive is refreshingly totally different to have a look at, entertaining to drive, economical, well-equipped and cleverly packaged.

As an example, the boot’s decrease load compartment (referred to as the ‘Megabox’) not solely gives an additional 80 litres of space for storing, but it surely additionally includes a waterproof lining and drain plug, making it simple to clean out and the perfect area for storing moist wellies and muddy sports activities gear. Priced from £22,040.

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Volvo XC40 – 25,023 registrations


The second premium automobile within the High 10 is the XC40 – Volvo’s child SUV. Fashionable, protected, comfy and a pleasure to drive, its excessive driving place provides a commanding view of the highway.

Oozing Scandi stylish inside, it is out there with entrance or all-wheel drive, as a petroleum hybrid or plug-in hybrid, plus a brand new 100% electrical model with a 208-mile vary. An aesthetic alternative. Priced from £25,420.