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
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.
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
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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