The Ford Fiesta has topped the sales chart of 2017 as the best-selling car according to numbers revealed today.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 2017 was a disappointing year for new car registrations, with sales down 5.7 per cent year-on-year compared with 2016.
The figures also showed diesel sales plummeting by over 17 per cent in 2017.
However, there were some success stories, with a significant increase recorded in the uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles, while 2017 has still been the third best year for car sales this decade.
But what we're interested in here is the 10 best-selling cars of 2017...
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1. Ford Fiesta – 94,533
It is a rare occurrence when the Ford Fiesta has not been at the top of the sales charts, and 2017 was no different, with the popular supermini gaining the top spot. Despite a couple of months when a product switchover meant it failed to be at the top, Ford still managed to shift 94,533 Fiestas last year.
However, with the new model hitting showrooms in late summer, it looks to be back on form, with even better things predicted for the supermini in 2018.
2. Volkswagen Golf – 74,605
The memories of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal seem to have already been forgotten, with the Golf increasing its sales by over 5,000 units compared with 2016 – helped by the facelifted modelhitting the market near the start of the year.
Volkswagen shifted 74,605 units in 2017, helping it to get into second place.
3. Ford Focus – 69,903
While the Ford Focus may be nearing the end of its product cycle, it didn't stop the manufacturer from shifting nearly 70,000 units in 2017, sliding in for a podium finish as it did in 2016.
4. Nissan Qashqai – 64,216
Nissan's Qashqai has been one of the UK's greatest manufacturing success stories in recent years, with the Sunderland-built Qashqai effectively kick-starting the crossover trend we know today back in 2007.
It remains as popular as ever after receiving a facelift in 2017, with Nissan managing to sell 64,216 of the popular crossover in 2017, a couple of thousand more than in the previous year.
5. Vauxhall Corsa – 52,772
While the Vauxhall Corsa still makes its way into the top five, it has been a disappointing year for the supermini. After years of competing with Fiesta for the top spot, it has now fallen out of favour with buyers, with Vauxhall shifting nearly 25,000 fewer units in 2017 than it did in 2016.
6. Vauxhall Astra – 49,370
Despite the Astra retaining the 6th position in the charts, Vauxhall actually sold over 11,000 fewer Astras in 2017 than the previous year. That said, it still remains one of the most popular hatchbacks on sale today – with just under 50,000 being sold last year.
7. Volkswagen Polo – 47,855
Despite the fifth-generation Polo being in its last year of production in 2017, it didn't stop buyers, with Volkswagen still selling 47,855 units last year. While sales were narrowly down on 2016, the new Polo that is on sale now should help the German manufacturer to increase its superminisales again in 2018.
8. Mini – 47,669
It is great to see another British-made car continuing to sit in the top ten. The faithful Mini remains a popular choice for style-conscious British buyers, with only a narrow decrease in sales compared with 2016. Despite this, Mini still managed to sell 47,669 units of its hatchback in 2017.
9. Mercedes C-Class – 45,912
Sales of the Mercedes C-Class have gone from strength-to-strength in 2017, with the German car maker shifting 45,912 cars in 2017. Competitive finance and lease deals mean that it has kept its spot as the most popular executive car in the UK.
10. Mercedes A-Class – 43,717
The A-Class is the only new entry into the chart in 2017, and Mercedes will no doubt be pleased to knock the Audi A3 off the tenth spot to make way for its own hatchback. . The fact that a luxury car maker like Mercedes now has two entries in the top ten also gives an indication to the increasing popularity of premium brands.