These were the best-selling cars in August

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) new car registration figures were released today, showing a total decline of 5.8 per cent in the month.

And though that drop does mean that not as many people have been flocking to buy a new car, it has showcased the most popular cars for the month. Let’s take a look to see what the best-selling cars were during August.

Ford Fiesta – 3,372 registrations

It’ll come as little surprise that the Ford Fiesta tops this list as it’s historically one of the most popular cars in the UK, alongside its larger Focus stablemate. Providing well-priced and frugal motoring, the Fiesta is a car which is well suited to a variety of different needs.

Though just under 3,500 cars were registered during the month, it still comes out top for August.

Volkswagen Golf – 2,570 registrations

Volkswagen Golf Life 1.0 TSI
Volkswagen Golf Life 1.0 TSI

Volkswagen’s latest eight-generation Golf was a car which was severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis which took hold just as the new Golf was meant to be introduced in the UK.

Fortunately, fresh deliveries, as well as a steady supply of the previous-generation car, has meant that the Golf has bounced back considerably.

Ford Focus – 2,391 registrations

Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus ST

Much like the Fiesta, it’s not much of a surprise to find the Ford Focus as a frontrunner in this list. Spacious and practical, it’s a go-to option for many people who welcome the Focus’, ahem, focus on value-for-money.

A wide variety of options – from performance ST to luxurious Vignale – means that the Focus caters for all areas of buyers.

Ford Puma – 2,128 registrations

That’s right, it’s another Ford. In fact, this represents the first time that the new Puma has entered into the top 10 list of cars after arriving in showrooms at the start of the year.

Striking looks and a practical interior combine to help this car – which itself is based on the Fiesta – to prove popular with those who want a more compact crossover.

Vauxhall Corsa – 2,081 registrations

Vauxhall Corsa-e
Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall’s Corsa has spent several months at the top of this list, but has finally started to slip down the ranks. Given that more than 2,000 have been registered during a historically quiet month is no mean feat, mind you.

Good looking and practical, the Corsa’s range has been bolstered with the introduction of a new electric version, badged Corsa-e.

Mercedes A-Class – 1,722 registrations

Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Another key competitor in the fight for first place, the A-Class is a hatchback which delivers a premium experience as well as premium looks. One of its key benefits is choice; as well as diesel and petrol variants there are plug-in hybrid options to choose from too.

There are also a pair of performance-orientated models for those who want a little more pace from their A-Class.

Volkswagen Tiguan – 1,645 registrations

Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan

Despite losing out in terms of sales to the Golf here in the UK, the Tiguan is, in fact, Volkswagen’s most popular car across the world.

Despite a new facelifted version arriving soon, the Tiguan is still providing a popular option for many.

Volkswagen Polo – 1,466 registrations

It’s another Volkswagen, and this time eighth place is taken by the firm’s popular Polo. Compact and good-looking, the Polo is frequently one of the most popular superminis on sale.

More spacious than you might expect for a car of this size, the Polo is well made and cleverly packaged too.

Ford Kuga – 1,434 registrations

Ford Kuga Vignale PHEV
Ford Kuga Vignale PHEV

Ford’s Kuga represents the fourth model from the blue oval to make its way into the top 10 showcasing the firm’s dominance in registrations and popularity.

Roomy and practical, the new Kuga is now available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain which only serves to bolster its versatility further.

Kia Niro – 1,417 registrations

Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro

Traditionally it’s Kia’s Sportage SUV which features in this list, but for August that role fell to the Niro.

It’s a car which features a completely electrified line-up, with the option of either a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or solely electric model giving something for all buyers. The electric e-Niro has proved particularly popular, which has no doubt contributed to the model’s overall success this month.