These were the best-selling cars in October
October was a good month for the new car market, with numbers exceeding pre-pandemic levels with 153,529 vehicles delivered, up 14.3 per cent year-on-year and representing a 7.2 per cent rise on 2019, according to association figures. For car manufacturers and dealers.
The monthly bestseller list was filled with many familiar faces, though some models stood out from the crowd. Let’s see who came out on top.
Ford Puma – 4824
It’s as if the holiday never existed, isn’t it? The tiny little car went off sale not long ago, but it already seems like a distant memory as the Puma – which is actually based on the same platform as the Fiesta – rose to the top of the charts in October.
It offers a slightly higher ground clearance than the Fiesta, while the larger 90-litre ‘MegaBox’ – an under-floor storage area in the boot – makes this compact car a lot more practical than you might think.
Mini – 3,779
The Mini Hatch’s popularity continues to rise, although a brand new version will soon arrive that will replace the current generation. The Mini’s customization and high level of quality are what clearly stand out, but it’s also great to drive.
Available with a variety of engine options, the Mini is well suited to a variety of drivers. Additionally, there is an electric version for drivers who prefer a battery-powered alternative.
Vauxhall Corsa – 3464
The Corsa occupied the top three spots in the list of best-selling cars in October, as this smart-looking car has a huge presence on UK roads. Vauxhall recently announced a revised version of the Corsa as well, which adds sharper exterior styling with Vauxhall’s attractive ‘Vizor’ front end look.
As before, the Corsa can be specified with a number of engine options including an efficient electric version that has just gained a new, larger battery variant that can return up to 246 miles between charges.
Volkswagen Polo – 3,426
The Polo is often seen as a favorite in the hatchback segment, due to its solid build quality and surprisingly practical interior that has more space than you might expect from a car of this size.
Despite the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, the Polo is the vehicle that remains very popular with buyers, which is reflected in the 3,246 models registered during the month.
BMW 1 Series – 3,424
The BMW 1 Series combines the premium feel people have come to expect from the German brand with all the space and practicality you want from a traditional hatchback. It looks more modern than ever too, while inside there’s some of the latest BMW technology.
It’s nice to drive and revs at speeds, while the M135i Sport versions inject some extra speed for those who want it.
Kia Sportage – 3,422
The Kia Sportage has become a central feature of the Korean company’s lineup, as this well-made and well-equipped SUV offers a lot for a budget price for many families. What’s more, it’s efficient and has solid construction throughout.
The Sportage has some clean engine options accompanying it, while Kia’s standard seven-year warranty ensures there’s plenty of mechanical cover in case something comes up.
Peugeot 2008 – 3,145
Peugeot has recently achieved great success with a range of cars that stand out from the crowd thanks to their distinctive design. The 2008 is the company’s smallest SUV, but it offers a lot in a small package.
There’s Peugeot’s clever i-Cockpit system – which replaces traditional dials for a digital setting and includes a go-kart-like integrated steering wheel – along with plenty of other in-car tech. The e-2008 electric car is also impressive.
Audi A3 – 3,012
Like the BMW 1 Series, the Audi A3 is a car that blends upscale finishes with some real versatility. As a result, it is one of Audi’s core models and is often seen as a gateway vehicle into the brand’s range.
The A3 can be equipped with an efficient hybrid setup too, although its ‘regular’ engine range does well in terms of fuel economy too.
Ford Kuga – 2948
The Kuga is very popular here in the UK and as a result is one of Ford’s flagship SUV models. The Kuga drives well and is well-equipped inside, and its solid build quality makes it a great choice for families who want a dependable SUV.
Like others here, you can get it with a hybrid setup to help reduce fuel bills and make daily driving more affordable.
Volvo XC40 – 2,577
The Volvo XC40 comes in tenth place. It’s the most compact SUV the company offers, but inside its relatively small dimensions, it boasts excellent build quality and plenty of features, including an infotainment system that uses Android Automotive as a base.
It can only be specified with a petrol-based hybrid setup as well, or as a fully electric version.