Despite levels of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and worries over diesel emissions, new car sales are on the rise. This is down to a number of factors, including new and attractive models going on sale and tempting finance offers from dealers.
UK car sales reached a record high last year. While there has been some shift in sales patterns from diesel to petrol, certain models continue to dominate the best seller charts. Let’s take a look at Britain’s top five new car buys.
The Fiesta has been a best seller for a long time and although the current facelifted model first went on sale in 2013, it shows no signs of losing its top spot. This should really be no surprise, as the Fiesta is well made, comfortable, practical, and – perhaps most importantly – good to drive. With a range from economy models capable of 85mpg up to the sporty ST, there is a Fiesta for most needs.
The Golf is the car that saved VW when it was first launched in the mid-1970s, as the company had previously been heavily reliant on the elderly Beetle. Today’s Golf is a bigger, classier car than its early ancestors, with a high level of standard kit. Thanks to its popularity, it holds its value well and companies offering car leasing in Leicester, such as http://leasing.totalmotion.co.uk/, offer competitive rates on this model.
The Fiesta’s bigger brother has a strong following amongst UK car buyers. The latest facelift has given it a smarter look and it comes with a range of engine options, from the 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo up to 2.0-litre performance models. It also has Ford’s latest infotainment system, which can read out texts and has voice recognition. No wonder the Focus remains a strong seller.
You may be surprised to find a Mercedes among the best sellers; however, great build quality, the latest technology, an unrivalled image and rock solid residual values mean the C-Class has replaced the BMW 3-Series as the UK’s most popular executive saloon.
In the hotly-contested mid-range segment, the Astra has long gone head-to-head with the Focus and Golf. The latest Astra looks good, is practical and is nice to drive; in addition, the range of petrol and diesel engines offers a balance of performance and economy.