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Which was the best selling car in the UK in October 2021?



New car registrations in the UK for October continued to follow the trend so far of 2021. Continued issues with the supply chain, particularly surrounding the manufacturer of semiconductor chips, have restricted the availability of new cars to supply.


The impact of these ongoing issues has meant there has been no clear pattern to new car sales in terms of car models in the market. In years gone but the best selling car in the market may occupy the top spot month after month. 2021 has been much more sporadic in terms of results.


Best selling car models for October 2021 in the UK*    Volkswagen Polo best selling car UK October 2021


  1. Volkswagen Polo - 3,167
  2. Mini - 3,133
  3. Nissan Qashqai - 2,838
  4. Ford Focus - 2,735
  5. Vauxhall Corsa - 2,567
  6. Kia Niro - 2,479
  7. Volvo XC40 - 2,451
  8. Mercedes-Benz A Class - 2,239
  9. Peugeot 2008 - 1,972
  10. Hyundai Tucson - 1,849


Best selling brands of October 2021 in the UK*


  1. Volkswagen - 9,052
  2. BMW - 7,778
  3. Kia - 7,436   Vauxhall Corsa 2021
  4. Mercedes-Benz - 6,856
  5. Audi - 6,831
  6. Ford - 6,829
  7. Vauxhall - 6,099
  8. Hyundai - 5,447
  9. Toyota - 5,122
  10. Peugeot - 5,106


*Figures from SMMT.


German brands dominate


German brands dominated both the individual model and manufacturer lists in October. Indeed Kia was the only non-German manufacturer to enter the top 5 results for the manufacturers' results.


Kia Niro 2021The VW Polo ended the top of the individual model new car registrations. This consolidates the Polo in third place of new car registrations for 2021 to date.


October provided a notable result for Mini, who thus far in 2021 remains outside the top 10 for new car registrations, despite finishing 7th in 2020.


After being almost omnipresent in the top spot for many years, the Ford Fiesta again provided a disappointing result with only 539 registered in October. The Fiesta remains 5th in the overall year-to-date registrations, some 8,284 registrations behind the leader, the Vauxhall Corsa.


With only two months to go, the race for best selling car of the year is certainly on!