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Top 10 Best Selling cars in the UK 2023 - so far

The UK's Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2023: A Year of Surprises and Consistency


As we approach the midpoint of 2023, the UK car market has been a hive of activity, with some surprising shifts in consumer preferences.


With data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), here are the Top 10 best sellers 2023.


Are there any clear trends now driving the market?


1. Ford Puma – 17,312 units sold    Ford Puma


The Ford Puma has roared into the top spot, with 17,312 units sold so far. This compact crossover blend of practicality, style, and performance has resonated with UK buyers.


Ford's ability to adapt away from its traditional family hatchback to the world of the SUV is demonstrated by the continued success of the Puma.


2. Vauxhall Corsa – 17,062 units sold


Hot on the Puma's heels is the ever-popular Vauxhall Corsa. A mainstay of the UK car market, the Corsa continues to impress with its affordability, reliability, and low running costs. Its close second position shows that traditional hatchbacks still have a significant role in the UK market.


3. Nissan Qashqai – 16,751 units sold


The Nissan Qashqai, often credited with sparking the SUV boom in the UK, holds a solid third place. Its blend of SUV practicality with hatchback-like driving dynamics continues to attract a broad range of buyers.


4. Nissan Juke – 15,124 units sold     Nissan Juke


Not far behind its bigger sibling, the Nissan Juke has carved out its niche in the compact SUV segment. Its distinctive design and sporty performance have helped it secure the fourth spot.


5. Hyundai Tucson – 15,090 units sold


The Hyundai Tucson's fifth-place ranking is a testament to the brand's growing reputation for quality and value. The Tucson offers a compelling mix of style, technology, and comfort, making it a strong contender in the competitive SUV market.


6. Kia Sportage – 14,976 units sold


The Kia Sportage's consistent performance is impressive. Its eye-catching design, on-trend powertrains, and strong value for money have helped it maintain a solid position in the top 10.


7. Tesla Model Y – 14,012 units sold     Tesla Model Y


Tesla's influence on the UK car market continues to grow, with the Model Y driving this change. As the most affordable Tesla on the market, the Model Y makes electric driving more accessible to a broader audience.


8. Ford Fiesta – 12,714 units sold


Despite its impending departure from the Ford range, the Fiesta remains a favourite among UK buyers. Its versatility and excellent driving dynamics continue to win fans, proving there's life in the traditional hatchback.


9. Mini 3dr/5dr – 12,670 units sold


The Mini hatchback's enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless appeal. With a versatile lineup of petrol, electric, and performance variants, the Mini offers something for everyone.


10. Volkswagen T-Roc – 12,053 units sold    Volkswagen T Roc


Rounding out the top 10 is the Volkswagen T-Roc. Despite being on the market for six years, its recent facelift and well-rounded offering continue to make it a popular choice among UK buyers.


In conclusion, 2023 has been a year of surprises and consistency in the UK car market. The rise of SUVs and electric vehicles is apparent, but traditional hatchbacks hold their own.


As we move into the year's second half, it will be fascinating to see how these trends evolve.


Will the Ford Puma maintain its lead?


Will electric vehicles like the Tesla Model Y climb higher in the rankings?


Only time will tell. But one thing is sure: the UK car market remains as dynamic and exciting as ever.