Best selling cars

Last updated: Sep 4, 2015

Looking down this list, it's easy to understand why these cars are the UK's best sellers. They each offer a range of abilities, meaning they can handle almost anything that's asked of them. They're also cheap to run and if you shop around, it shouldn't be hard to get a great deal on the one you're after.

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), more new cars were registered for UK roads in 2015 than in any year for a decade. That has much to do with the number of attractive finance deals available at the moment - 75% of buyers purchase their car on finance.

The SMMT found that superminis such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo continue to grow in popularity. But the organisation is also seeing more buyers opt for British-built cars like the Vauxhall Astra.

More buyers than ever are opting for alternatively fuelled, low-emission cars, thanks to low fuel and road tax bills and the promise of a £5,000 grant for electric cars. Around 5,000 of this kind of vehicle were registered this April – an increase of more than 45% over May 2014.

Here, we run down the best-selling cars every month, which in this case is August 2015.

Ford Fiesta hatchback

More cars bearing the Ford Fiesta name have been sold in the UK than any other model. The current version went on sale in 2008 with a facelift surfacing in late 2013, and it has dominated the best-seller chart more than any other car. It's not hard to see why: the Fiesta is handsome inside and out, well built and comfortable. But it's how the car drives that really sets it apart - it offers a fun driving experience that's close to some so-called sports cars. It's safe, too, with a full five-star crash-test rating, while the most economical models can top 85mpg and emit such a small amount of CO2 that road tax is free. At the other end of the scale is the Fiesta ST, which is our favourite hot hatchback. With a range like that, there's something for everyone. Read more.

Key points

4.4 / 5
Price 
£10,145 - £18,395

Ford Focus hatchback

A set of revisions to the Ford Focus last year have helped this family car maintain a high place on the list of Britain's best-selling cars and ensure a Ford one-two for several months now. The current model features more eye-catching styling that makes it look more upmarket. It still boasts a wide choice of engines, ranging from the excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost to the powerful 2.0-litre petrol in the Focus ST performance car. No changes were needed underneath, because the Focus is as good to drive as it ever was. Buyers will spot some differences inside, though, as it's now fitted with kit like Ford's SYNC 2 infotainment system with voice recognition and the ability to read out your text messages. Plus, there are fewer buttons on the dashboard, making all this new equipment easier to operate the the old model. Read more.

Key points

4.4 / 5
Price 
£15,995 - £25,885

Volkswagen Golf hatchback

The upmarket Volkswagen Golf is another stalwart of Britain's top-selling cars. Few models have such a classy image, meaning they fit right in whether you're parked at the local football club or a posh country club. Estate and convertible models are available, but most choose a three or five-door hatchback. There are versions that'll return almost 90mpg and performance models like the Golf GTI and Golf R are capable of delivering sports-car thrills. Whichever Golf you choose, you'll find it well built, comfortable, safe and fun to drive. The Golf range is well equipped, too: air-con, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and a dashboard-mounted touchscreen are all standard. Read more.

Key points

4.6 / 5
Price 
£17,595 - £27,185

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback

There's plenty of choice for Vauxhall Corsa buyers. You can choose from three or five-door bodystyles, eight engine variants and nine trim levels. But the reason buyers are still flocking to Vauxhall's supermini is because it's so easy to drive, so cheap to run and such good value. The latest model offers a more upmarket interior than before, plus a cracking 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. But if it's fuel economy you crave, check out the 1.3-litre diesel - what it lacks in refinement, it more than makes up for in MPG - it can return more than 88mpg if you drive it gently. Read more.

Key points

4 / 5
Price 
£9,265 - £17,595

Volkswagen Polo hatchback

One of the more recent entries to the best sellers list, the Volkswagen Polo has done much of late to impress buyers. The Polo's recent facelift has kept it fresh among its competitive rivals, and features such as a touchscreen infotainment system and automatic braking now come as standard across the model range. Its rivals may be sharper to drive, but we like it for its spacious and high-grade interior and excellent range of engines, which include a 1.4-litre BlueMotion diesel that will provide more than 90mpg. Add that to Volkswagen's reputation for making cars that are built to last and the Polo is more than a little bit tempting. Read more.

Key points

4.6 / 5
Price 
£11,300 - £19,915

Audi A3 hatchback

The Audi A3's sixth place in the top sellers list means that the UK definitely as a taste for the premium hatch. Although it might be a little pricier than your average Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, the A3 brings tremendous build quality, modern if conservative design and a quiet ride. The A3 also has a great range of engines - you can get anything from an economical diesel or a clever TFSI petrol, right up to the frankly bonkers Audi RS3 hatchback. There's loads of tech on board too, just be careful when choosing your options, as it can get a little pricey. Read more.

Key points

4 / 5
Price 
£18,615 - £32,460

Vauxhall Mokka SUV

This is the second time in non-consecutive months that the Vauxhall Mokka SUV has featured on our top 10. Buyer's must be attracted to the car's rugged looks, compact dimensions and practicality. According to the 2015 Driver Power survey results, buyers are reasonably impressed with the car's reliability, build quality and running costs too. The fact that Vauxhall's slick IntelliLink infotainment system can be included means the Mokka is prepared for most families' needs. Read more.

Key points

3 / 5
Price 
£16,474 - £24,954

Vauxhall Astra hatchback

The Vauxhall Astra might not be able to provide the same number of 'smiles per mile' as a Ford Focus, but there's no doubting its ability to sooth away the miles. There's very little noise to bother the driver or passengers on a long run and the suspension on most models is just as cosseting. There are hatchback and estate versions of the Astra available, as well as a three-door hatchback that looks like a sleek coupe. There's also a wide range of engines on offer, the best of which is a 1.6-litre diesel, and there are plenty of different trims to choose from, too. All versions feature air-conditioning and remote central locking, while the Astra also has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Read more.

Key points

3 / 5
Price 
£15,295 - £23,520

BMW 3 Series saloon

The BMW 3 Series is the relative stalwart of the compact executive saloon class, but it hadn't featured in our top 10 best sellers list for several months, until now. The facelifted version, which recently went on sale, could be one of the main reasons for the jump into 9th place. However, the blend of sharp handling, a generous equipment list and relatively low running costs obviously make it a winner in a lot of people's books. It helps that there's a Touring estate model too, for that extra practicality boost. Read more.

Key points

4.8 / 5
Price 
£24,975 - £40,330

Ford Kuga SUV

The Ford Kuga is the third new-entry into August's best sellers, and is a relative newcomer to the top 10 in general. The interior is practical and spacious, while the diesel engines offer impressive fuel economy. Add to the fact that it's one of the more handsome crossover SUVs on the market and it's hard to see why it's taken this long for the Kuga to enter this coveted list. Plus, the Kuga is the only mid-sized crossover SUV to claim a spot in this month's list, after the Nissan Qashqai's disappointing drop from 6th in July. Read more.

Key points

3 / 5
Price 
£20,995 - £33,530