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….
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Now sadly retired, it had been replaced by Vauxhall’s Vectra which in turn was replaced by the Vauxhall Insignia, which we suspect may make this list sometime in the future thanks to healthy sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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