They may not always be the one's you would rush out to own given the choice, but there's no disputing it, they must be doing something right. The UK car industry monitors, the SMMT, have released the list of the U.K.'s best-selling cars in 2010, and it certainly provides some insights into whose buying, and what they're looking for in a vehicle. Here's a rundown of the results...

10. Nissan Qashqai You may not be able to pronounce its name, but Nissan are on to a winner with this niche creation. Is it a 4x4? Is it a hatchback? Actually its a bit of both, and not half bad at it.

9. The Mini A classic in its own right, and with BMW now in charge it could hardly fail. Maintains the hallmark manoeuvrability and drafts in some sleek new racing models to entice those who weren't already raising their eyebrows.

8. BMW 3 Series Effectively BMW's second entry in the top ten, and now in its sixth generation, the 3 series is, without doubt, the undisputed king of saloon cars. Too bad its rampant success means, if you're looking for something exclusive, you'll have to look elsewhere.

7. Peugeot 207 Another smaller, yet popular model, the 207 covers all bases for an affordable run-around. Not the most popular with the critics, but sometimes price wins out.

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6. Volkswagen Polo An ever reliable entry into the small car class, the Polo's solid German engineering keep it a fixture in sales charts. No thrills or spills in the new models, just the same complete performance.

5 Volkswagen Golf 6 Quieter, better to drive, with a sleek, sexy new interior. Technical upgrades and a few re-thinks on board, but you still get what you'd expect from the new Golf.

4. Vauxhall Corsa A fixture on U.K. roads now, and with good reason. Improving every time, the new model looks and handles like something much more expensive than its paltry 8,000 starting price.

3. Ford Focus No longer the U.K.'s favourite hatchback. Fast, safe, affordable and still looking good, the Focus does exactly what you'd want out of a family car.

2. Vauxhall Astra Just missing out on top spot, Vauxhall do it again in the hatchback class, and finally get it right with this seasoned campaigner of a vehicle. 80,646 Astras sold in the U.K. in 2010.

1.And the winner is...The Ford Fiesta Revamped to an impressive spec, but still starting at under 10,000, the veteran super-mini just goes from strength to strength.

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