Along with September, March is usually the busiest month of the year for new car registrations.
As buyers rush to have their new car on the latest number plate – this year it’s a ’20’ registration – it’s usually a hectic month for car dealers.
Though showrooms remained busy at the beginning of the month, the impact of coronavirus took its toll by the end of March. And because dealers are included in the range of retail outlets being forced to close their doors, many people couldn’t place their orders or pick up their new cars before showrooms closed.
However, the data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) gave some positive news too, with electric car demand continuing to soar, and certain models selling well.
Here’s a look at the cars that sold best in March.
1. Volkswagen Golf
With 7,103 new Golfs being registered last month, this premium German hatchback remains a seriously popular choice with new car buyers. And because the latest eighth-generation Golf had just arrived in showrooms, it means brand new Golfs have been registered alongside versions of the still-excellent outgoing model.
2. Ford Fiesta
Usually sitting at the top of the chart, the Ford Fiesta came second place in March. But that’s no bad thing, as 6,687 registered Fiestas is still impressive. This model’s enjoyable driving experience, affordable price and vast trim level choice means this supermini remains exceptionally popular.
Buyers still absolutely love the style of the Mini, and this distinctive hatchback was especially popular in the UK in March – promoting it to be the third best-selling new car. Across both three- and five-door versions of this Hatch model, 6,019 versions of the Oxford-built model were registered.
4. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is consistently one of Britain’s best-selling new cars. The latest model’s mixture of driving pleasure, stylish design and practical cabin meant that 5,985 new Focus versions were registered in March. Whether it’s an efficient diesel or a sporty hot hatch, this Ford has you covered.
5. Nissan Qashqai
The Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai was the original ‘crossover’, and established a sector that only continues to grow in popularity. But this Nissan’s attractive pricing and stylish design still makes it a ‘go-to’ choice for plenty of buyers in this sector. The firm registered 5,907 Qashqais last month.
6. Vauxhall Corsa
The new 2020 Vauxhall Corsa might not be the bargain its predecessor was, but with its more upmarket interior and striking design, it means plenty of buyers are still opting for this supermini. Last month, 5,820 new Corsas were registered.
7. Mercedes A-Class
As the entry point into the Mercedes range, the A-Class remains an affordable way for buyers to get behind the wheel of a premium model. Thanks to affordable finance options, a stand-out interior and multitude of derivatives, it makes this Mercedes the chosen model for plenty. March saw 5,351 new A-Class models being registered in the UK.
8. Kia Sportage
With its seven-year warranty, family-friendly spacious interior and low pricing, it’s not surprising that the Kia Sportage is now one of the UK’s most popular choices. Last month saw 4,988 versions of this mid-size crossover being registered.
9. Tesla Model 3
Yes, it’s an EV that’s now the ninth most popular in the UK – the Tesla Model 3. It’s the American electric car giant’s most affordable model, so it’s not a huge surprise to see just how popular this car’s become. With 4,718 being registered in March, that makes it more popular than models such as the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Astra.
10. Range Rover Evoque
Rounding off the top 10 is another surprising entry – a Range Rover. That’s the Evoque, which is the cheapest way of getting behind a wheel of a Land Rover. This baby SUV’s stunning design, high-quality interior and premium image make it one of the most desirable cars around. Last month saw 4,399 Evoques being registered.
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