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Revealed: The UK’s Five Most Popular Cars

In Britain, we’ve become a bit of a car crazy nation. In spite of the congestion, speed cameras and potholes, we’re a nation of petrolheads, but what cars do we love more than others?

Using DVLA taxing data, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular motors on Britain’s roads. So, let’s take a look at the top five.

#5 Volkswagen Golf – 1,021,725 taxed

For many families, the Golf is the default family hatchback. With a comfortable ride, it’s also incredibly easy to drive. Although it’s not as spacy as some of its rivals, it is incredibly well-built, and Volkswagen’s engineering brilliance is unrivalled in the class.

As a result, Golfs are ubiquitous on used car sites like Motorpoint. Whether you’re buying a Golf with 100,000 mils on the clock, or a brand new model, you’re guaranteed to be driving a quality motor. As a result, we expect to see the Volkswagen Golf on this list for many years to come.

#4 Vauxhall Astra – 1,171,331 taxed

Ever since it came to the UK market in 1979, the Astra has been popular with UK drivers, and this popularity shows no signs of slowing down. The Astra’s good to drive, well-equipped and is priced competitively.

The Vauxhall isn’t ‘class leading’ in terms of technology and equipment, but that’s reflected in the price, which makes it an affordable option for most families.

The Astra is also bigger than the Golf, making it ideal for larger families or those who need to get adults in the back regularly. However, with the market its competing in so competitive, you feel that the Astra will need to offer more in newer versions to stay on this list, particularly in the technology stakes.

#3 Vauxhall Corsa – 1,205,158 taxed

Pleasant to look at, sporty and well-priced, the Corsa is a fantastic little hatchback.

The inside is far bigger than the exterior would have you believe, and the spacious and well-equipped cabin is a great bonus.

They’re also a great option for those who want to focus on economy. The Corsa comes with a great range of 1.0-litre engines which aren’t only efficient, but they’re fun, too. With all the standard kit, they’re also a fantastic car to drive. Practical, stylish, economical and affordable, the Corsa is a great all-rounder.

With all this in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Corsa sells more highly than its big sister, the Astra. Over the next few years, the Corsa will look to take on its two big rivals that have beaten it into third…

#2 Ford Fiesta – 1,453,378 taxed

Despite the efforts of the Corsa, the Fiesta remains the UK’s most popular small car. That’s because it’s one of the very best cars on the road. It’s incredibly fun to drive and affordable to run, too. Plus, with an eye on the future, Fiestas have very good resale values, making them an attractive buy.

The Fiesta has been a staple of the UK’s roads since 1976. Since it first entered the market, it has rarely fallen outside the top three best-selling cars in the country, showing its popularity and longevity.

Easy to drive, affordable and a fantastic little all-rounder, the Fiesta has something for everyone. Even the entry level models are fantastically well refined, with plenty of technology as standard.

Thanks to the ST models and the Zetecs, there are also a number of sporty Fiestas, too. For price, equipment and driving fun, you simply can’t beat the Fiesta in the small car stakes. It has been in this list since the 70s, and it looks set to stay for the considerable future.

#1 Ford Focus – 1,482,534 taxed

The Focus has dominated this list for years, and this year’s edition is no different. With supremely sharp handling, a strong and varied choice of engines and a high quality interior, it’s the perfect family car.

Its reputation for being fun to drive is certainly warranted; especially for a car of its size. The five door option is perfect for larger families, providing plenty of room and technology to boot.

The large engine options are particularly speedy but, no matter what engine and trim you opt for, you can’t go too far wrong with a Focus.

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