8 most popular cars in the UK

When the average UK consumer makes the decision to invest in a new car, which manufacturer and which model does he or she turn to first? The following list features the 8 most popular cars on the market in the UK and a few reasons why the UK public have fallen in love with these particular models.

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen motto, “small but tough,” really strikes a chord with the UK public. In love with the striking looks and economic deals on offer, the Polo is a very popular choice, particularly for people without families to look after and transport around.

Vauxhall Insignia

The used car sales market in the UK is very popular with the Vauxhall Insignia lovers. Exchange and Mart, Auto Trader and even the official Vauxhall website itself is full of references and adverts which offer ways of purchasing a used Vauxhall Insignia for all your transportation needs in the UK. Trustworthy and long-lasting, the second hand Vauxhall Insignia is seen as a really good investment in the eyes of the UK public and one of the most popular used car purchases in the country in 2012.

Volkswagen Passat

Leasing a car in the UK instead of buying one is becoming more and more popular by the day. The advantages of doing so, in terms of flexibility, supply and demand and good old-fashioned fun, are endless. The UK public is particularly fascinated by the idea of renting the Volkswagen Passat on a temporary basis it seems, due to the high level of activity on car leasing sites in the UK such as Nationwide Vehicles, Lease Hire and Contract Hire and Leasing, with respect to this particular model in 2012. It’s a popular family car, offering lots of space, but without losing that important sense of style and pizzazz.

Vauxhall Astra

There are a number of reasons why the Vauxhall Astra comes in at number 5 in the UK’s top list of cars this year. Noise levels are low, the newest model benefits from a very attractive cabin and the 1.3-litre diesel model lets out a mere 109g/km in CO2 emissions. Without a doubt, the eco-friendly nature of this particular model is what puts the Vauxhall Astra in such a favourable position with the environment-conscious UK public.

Vauxhall Corsa

With so many young, hot, business types in the UK, looking to be as successful as possible in their respective industries, the hatch-back car is never going to go out of fashion. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring is proving to be one of the most successful hatches in 2012 in particular. It’s sporty, corners like a dream and changes gear with power and precision. It is a specifically popular choice within the young, career-focused, British bachelor market.

Volkswagen Golf

If Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson can see why the Volkswagen Golf is such a gem, then it must be true... at least in the eyes of the British public this is the case. The Volkswagen Golf has never been as quiet as it is right now, providing a beautiful ride whether you happen to be out on the open road or on the motorway on the way to work.

Ford Fiesta

In January 2012 alone, Ford sold 7824 Fiestas to the UK public, averaging it out in the first half of the year as the second most popular car across the UK. Classic, classic and classic again, the UK consumer knows that Ford means security and a car that you can rely on, something that is essential in the busy-bee lifestyles that everyone within the big cities in the country finds themselves buying into.

Ford Focus

In the first half of 2012, the UK nominated the Ford Focus as its car of the moment once again, which a huge 50% increase in sales during February 2012. The Fiesta and the Focus account for 74% of all Ford sales in the UK, soaring them both to the very top of the most popular car charts this year so far. However, the Focus tips the scales slightly in its favour because of the edge that it has on space. The Focus means that the British public can transport whatever and whoever they need to at any time. Brits love to be practical.

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Tracey Chandler specializes in travel articles and features for female-interest publications online. She reviews Latin American cinema, creates press releases for an online marketing company and manages her own blog "The Jolly English Pirate." She holds a B.A. in performing arts at Middlesex University.