1. Ford Fiesta – 112,327 registrations
Once again, the Ford Fiesta sits at the top of the list. It’s a regular here and it’s easy see why with its engaging drive and attractive styling – quite simply it’s one of the best all round hatchbacks money can buy. With 112,327 registrations since the start of the year, it’s now almost 40,000 sales clear of its nearest rival. What’s even more impressive about the Fiesta’s reign at the top is that the current sixth generation model has been on sale since 2008, barring a 2013 facelift. An all-new model will replace it in 2017.
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 73,172 registrations
After jumping from third to second place on our list in 2015, the Vauxhall Corsa holds its place in the top two with 73,172 sales since the start of the year. With its high quality interior, good level of standard kit and cheap running costs, it remains an attractive proposition.
3. Ford Focus – 65,554 registrations
The Ford Focus finished third on this list in 2015 and it finds itself in a familiar position once again. Strong sales in the last six months has helped put its slow start to the year to one side and it now boasts 65,554 registrations so far. It is still an impressive family hatchback and is great to drive.
4. Volkswagen Golf – 64,137 registrations
The Volkswagen Golf speaks for itself having been around since the 1970s, and has been one of the best selling cars in the country ever since. With its engaging handling, excellent ride and high-quality interior, it sets the benchmark that the makers of hatchback rivals judge their models against.
5. Nissan Qashqai – 59,480 registrations
The Nissan Qashqai sold well in 2015, and its strong performance in 2016 with 59,480 registrations is a sign that it’s a serious challenger to the smaller family hatchbacks that normally dominate at the top. It remains an impressive all-round car, which provides a great driving experience and good economy.
6. Vauxhall Astra – 54,585 registrations
The Vauxhall Astra retains its place in the top 10 with good reason. The all-new British built Mk7 was released last year and is one of the best all-round cars on the road right now thanks to its efficient engines, comfortable drive and groundbreaking tech.
7. Volkswagen Polo – 50,798 registrations
Despite its age – the Mk5 has been on sale since 2009 – the Volkswagen Polo is still a top-10 best seller. It’s hard to argue with the beautifully built cabin, practicality, low running costs and all-round quality that make it so popular.
8. MINI – 43,691 registrations
The MINI has been hovering around the fringes of the top 10 all year, but strong summer sales forced it up the charts and it now boasts 43,691 total registrations so far. Buyers clearly like the BMW-like feel, and the five-door model is also extremely practical.
9. Mercedes C-Class – 41,121 registrations
The Mercedes C-Class continues to rise up the list, and remains the most popular compact executive car on sale at the moment. The upmarket interior, economical engines and comfortable ride are all strong selling points.
10. Audi A3 – 40,817 registrations
The Audi A3 was a regular feature in the top 10 earlier in the year, but dropped out as summer began. However, now it’s back, with 40,817 sales since the start of the year. The premium hatch is efficient, good to drive and boasts a class-leading interior.