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Wednesday 7th December
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These are the top 10 best-selling UK cars of 2022

What's the best-selling car in the UK right now? As of November, we have a new leader in the top 10...

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  1. Tesla Model Y - 20,658 registrations

    Tesla Model Y

    The Tesla Model Y is the best-selling electric car in the UK (at the time of writing, battery-electric cars make up 14.6 per cent of the overall UK market share for 2022), and it's little wonder given the combination of performance, 300+ miles of range and Tesla's excellent global charging infrastructure. Plenty there to forgive the gawkish styling.

    Read the full review.

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  2. Kia Niro - 21,456 registrations

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    The year is 2022, and South Korean carmakers are creating objects of desire (hello Ioniq 5) while BMW designs make some people recoil in horror. No you haven’t walked through a wormhole, it’s just the world we live in now. The Niro is riding that wave of change, albeit by ticking all the important practicality boxes instead of the aesthetic ones (although this new generation is certainly trying to change that). Especially the new Niro EV, which trumps almost everything else in its class.

    Read the full review.

  3. Volkswagen Golf - 22,683 registrations

    Volkswagen Golf

    'You can't go wrong with a Golf,' as the saying goes. And it would appear that a large proportion of the British public are prepared to buy into that mantra, judging by the hatchback's presence in the top 10. It isn't without its faults of course (that's right touchscreen, we're looking at you), but it's as practical as ever and drives well. Both explain why it's been a mainstay for yonks.

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  4. Ford Kuga - 22,824 registrations

    Ford Kuga

    To our palette, the Ford Kuga has always been a bit... bland. And while you get the sense that its success has more to do with people's appetite for SUVs (and strong levels of trust in the Ford brand) there's plenty that the Kuga does well: the tech is easy to use, it's spacious inside, and the handling delivers exactly what you need from a family car.

    Read the full review.

  5. Hyundai Tucson - 24,326 registrations

    Hyundai Tucson

    A few years ago it’d be hard to imagine a car more dreary than the Hyundai Tucson (pronounced two-son, not tuck-son). But the South Korean company has been on something of a renaissance lately, winning TG’s coveted Manufacturer of the Year award in 2018 and creating instant classics like the i30N. The latest Tucson is no track toy, but it’s very, very good. And people have noticed.

    Read the full review.

  6. Mini - 25,756 registrations

    Mini hatch

    In these turbulent times it’s reassuring to know that a British icon remains as stoic as ever. The Mini hatchback (owned by BMW of course) boasts a strong engine line-up and high levels of personalisation, which serve to keep the car high on our collective list of options.

    Read the full review.

  7. Kia Sportage - 26,393 registrations

    Kia Sportage

    The Kia Sportage was the best-selling car in the UK in January, and figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show it's still doing well. Like most Kias these days the Sportage is kitted out very handsomely, and the interior is roomy. Turns out we only want simple things from our cars. Hardly a surprise really, fish and chips is the national dish after all.

    Read the full review.

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  8. Ford Puma - 30,898 registrations

    Ford Puma

    The Ford badge is always somewhere near the business end of this list, but these days it’s the Puma crossover leading the brand’s sales charge in the UK. Makes sense really, it’s based on the Fiesta so handling is great, the engine line-up is strong, interior quality is good and it’s just, y’know, an all-round performer.

    Read the full review.

  9. Vauxhall Corsa - 32,126 registrations

    Vauxhall Corsa

    British drivers trust the Vauxhall brand, so it should come as little surprise that the Corsa supermini is doing so well on these shores. What's more of a surprise is that the UK has taken to it as strongly as it has, with the Corsa occupying the top spot on this list for most of 2022. Only in November has it been displaced... It isn’t our favourite car in the class by any means, but it looks good, drives well and is value for money compared to the competition. There’s a Corsa Electric, too. And you can't argue with the buying public.

    Read the full review.

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  10. Nissan Qashqai - 33,562 registrations

    Nissan Qashqai

    The Nissan Qashqai is another of those cars that ticks all the right boxes for a top-10 seller. Trustworthy brand, practical, economical, spacious, competitively priced, up to date with the latest tech. It just makes sense. Not our favourite SUV to drive, but no one buys one on the strength of its cornering ability. And the proof is in the pudding, with the Qashqai moving into the lead for 2022 with only a couple of months to go. Which makes this the most exciting race a Qashqai is ever likely to be involved in.

    Read the full review.

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