Selected all your options? Now click here >>
1st Apr 2020 - Worried about being without a car? Sell your old car to, but keep it until your new one arrives!
Search our car and van leasing deals
Find cars by make
Search by monthly budget
Select your price range
Quick contact

The 10 Best Selling Cars in the UK of All Time

We British love our cars, but what is the best selling car in the UK of all time? We countdown the top 10. We think you’ll be surprised by some of them….

Austin/Rover Metro
1.4 million

Launched in 1980, it was a well known feature of UK roads well into the 1990s. Originally thought of as a replacement for the Mini, it grew into being a popular car in its own right.

There has been no replacement for the Metro.  Thank goodness!

Austin/Rover Mini
1.5 million

There’s no more iconic car than the Mini. Voted one of the cars of the century in 1999, original examples of this amazing little car from the 1960s are still on the road today alongside the newer (and larger) reincarnation of the MINI, produced by the BMW Group.

Ford Focus
1.7 million

The 1.7 million sales of the Focus have been achieved in a very short time, the car only debuting in 1998. This shows the sheer popularity of this model and its position in this list will only rise over the next few years.

Volkswagen Golf
1.8 million

Debuting in the1970s, the design of the Volkswagen Golf has changed subtly over the years but it always has that distinctive Golf’ feel and the brand is still going strong today. Known for its reliability and performance, it’s popular with both youngsters and more mature drivers.

Vauxhall Cavalier
1.81 million

A real hit of the 80s and 90s, it was a firm family favourite as well as being popular with company car drivers. Now sadly retired, it had been replaced by Vauxhall’s Vectra which in turn was replaced by the Vauxhall Insignia, which we suspect may make this list sometime in the future thanks to healthy sales.

Vauxhall Corsa
1.82 million

This distinctive little supermini has remained in production since 1982 and is just as popular today as it was back then thanks to it being subtly reinvented for each generation.

Ford Cortina
2.5 million

Setting the standard for Ford cars in the UK, it was the best selling car in the UK for a staggering 10 years between 1972 and 1982. It was retired in the early 1990s but it is one of the most fondly remembered Ford models of all time. Succeeded by the Sierra (with mixed reviews) and now by the increasingly popular Ford Mondeo.

Vauxhall Astra
2.8 million

The Vauxhall Astra has been continually in production since 1979. It has undergone a few makeovers during this time but its sheer popularity has meant that Vauxhall have never found the need to replace it as their compact model.

Ford Escort
4 million

Dominating car sales in the 1980s and early 1990s the Ford Escort has had numerous revisions, all of which have been highly popular. The Ford Escort was eventually retired in favour of Ford’s popular Focus model in 1998.

Ford Fiesta
4.1 million

2014 saw the Ford Fiesta overtake the Ford Escort as the most popular car of all time in the UK. It was ranked the number one bought car in 1990 and has had that same award eleven times since then, such is its popularity.

Would your next car be the latest version of one of these cars, or would you choose something different?  Click the 'Car finance types' button below and take a look at the latest offers from Leasecarpro and find your ideal next, new car.

Business/Personal Details


Company name
Year established

Title (Mr/Mrs etc)
First name
Car / Fuel allowance
Additional comments, ie. additional accessories
  Sign up to receive our emails.
Your privacy is very important to us read more

Vehicle Details

Vehicle type

Contract Details

Order time
Length of contract
Annual mileage
Vehicle maintenance

captcha image

Submit your enquiry

Share this article Post this page to facebookTweet this pageGoogle+ this pagePost this page to LinkedinPin page

Posted on 5th March 2017 at 6:55 PM

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Close this message.