Top 10: Best-selling cars in March

The UK new car market declined by 44.4 per cent in March with some 203,000 fewer cars being  registered compared to the same month in 2019. The figures show a steeper fall than during the 2009 financial crisis and the worst March since the late nineties. The UK car industry has blamed the coronavirus crisis for the drop in demand.

These are the top 10 new cars registered in March, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Volkswagen Golf – 7103 registered

With the newest Volkswagen Golf having launched in February, there are plenty of dealer discounts on the outgoing mk7 model. In March the outgoing Golf was the best-selling car in the UK, beating its key rivals from Ford, Vauxhall and Honda. The 2020 Golf will compete against the Focus, Civic and Astra, but offer more choice with buyers getting to pick between petrol, diesel, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Read our review of the Volkswagen Golf


TICKENHAMTIGER    on 6 April 2020

Hard to buy a car when the garages are closed, owing to the virus.

BrendanP    on 7 April 2020

I wonder how many of these registrations represent sales to actual customers, or dealer registrations just to make the figures look good. In August 2019 the Tesla 3 made it into 3rd on the list, albeit in a month which traditionally sees low sales as people wait for the new reg plate in September. The following month, sales slumped. Still, it had the desired effect on marketing. The memories of Tesla 3 being '3rd best selling car in Britain' remain whilst few remember that in the following months it came nowhere.

Falkirk Bairn    on 8 April 2020

Lots of the top 10 cars have been bought by Avis, Hertz, Europcar etc etc

How many cars did the "man in the street buy" - a lot less as new car prices have risen - Honda CRV EX can now cost over £40K and an extra £300 road tax - nice enough car BUT not a luxury car.

You could visit a car rental site and see all of the above cars with the Evoque probably being the exception.

BrendanP    on 8 April 2020

My car was ex-rental, bought from a car supermarket. These fleet buyers must get huge discounts.

Falkirk Bairn    on 9 April 2020

I have bought 2 x ex rental cars - the first for my twin sons to get to Uni -20 mins - train & bus 1hour 15 mins. 1995 Astra 8K (Hertz) on clock sold 2001 90K. Apart from servicing & tyres etc no repairs.

Mazda Xedos 1998 - 2,000 miles sold in 2014 - £1,000 repairs in 15+ years mainly age related - bushes, calipers, exhausts, etc etc BEST car I have had in 52 years of car owning.

gavsmit    on 9 April 2020

It's so disappointing that the best selling car is from VW - after the whole Dieselgate business and their absolute contempt for UK customers as shown in their recent court defence where they lost but will fight on to deny they ever did any wrong despite already coming clean and compensating people from other countries.

Their build quality has gone downhill too (just look at their new model's interiors) and coming 21st out of 28th manufacturers in a recent What Car reliability study is pretty bad too.

UK customers and companies need to support manufacturers investing in this country!

Boshy    on 12 April 2020

I suspect quite a few sales will be egolfs. Company car tax changes made these hugely attractive for the April changes

BrendanP    on 12 April 2020

I don't why VW has this reputation but they do seem to engender tremendous brand loyalty. Many new cars are fleet sales, so they are only interested about problems that may arise for the 3 or 4 year lease period. They don't care if the cars start to fall apart after that. As for the British supporting British-made products, history has shown us that the UK consumer is more mercenary and disloyal than just about anyone else. Go through the list of the best-selling cars in European countries and it is usually a car made there that is the best seller.

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