Last year was the best year for new car sales in the UK since 2007 (before the recession) according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. More than 2.2 million new cars were registered in Britain in 2013 – a 10.8% improvement over 2012. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 10 biggest sellers and discuss why they’re so popular and where you can get the best deals on them in the Auto Trader classifieds.

1. Ford Fiesta
Quite simply, the Ford Fiesta is our favourite of the superminis and, clearly, it’s yours as well. Over 113,000 found new homes last year, which makes it the best-selling new car in Britain. It looks great, has plenty of space inside, has a cracking range of efficient and powerful engines and it drives really, really well. It’s easy, therefore, to understand why it’s been so popular with buyers. We’ve found this one from Dagenham Motors, Gillingham, which comes loaded with kit, is powered by the brilliant 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine and, best of all, it’s being offered with £2,665 off its list price.

2. Ford Focus
A bestseller ever since it replaced the Escort as Ford’s medium-sized family car in 1998, the Focus has always impressed with its space, efficiency, value and handling. The current-generation Focus may be feeling a little long-in-the-tooth now, compared with the current VW Golf, but it’s still a family favourite and extremely popular with company car buyers. We’ve found a 1.6-litre diesel one from Dagenham Motors in Hounslow that’s got all the toys and is being offered with a massive £4,558 discount.

3. Vauxhall Corsa
Third place goes to the Vauxhall Corsa. Despite being nearly eight years old now, the Corsa still impresses with its value, handling and excellent fuel economy. It’s pretty spacious, too, so we can see why it’s been so popular. We’ve found one that certainly fits the value part of the proposition. This three-door one from Now Vauxhall, in Richmond, west London  comes with the 1.4-litre petrol engine (the pick of the bunch) as well as toys like air-con, alloys and sat-nav, all for exactly £10,000 – a saving of £3,580 off its list price.

4. Vauxhall Astra
In fourth place is the Vauxhall Astra. This car’s main plus point is that it can be an awful lot of car for not very much money. Go into any dealer and you’re almost guaranteed a very healthy discount. It’s not a bad car in its own right though. It’s spacious, good looking and easy to drive, too, as well as coming with a lifetime/100,000 mile warranty. This one, available from H Edmondson Car Sales in Lancashire, comes with alloy wheels, cruise control and Bluetooth, but by far its best feature is the price. This one’s on sale for £12,650 – a saving of £5,710 off its list price. An absolute bargain.

5. Volkswagen Golf
Any time a new Volkswagen Golf appears, it’s a big deal. The current Mark VII has been on sale for just over a year now and it’s managed to woo the British buying public already. It just oozes class, this car. Everything it does it does with poise, precision and ruthless efficiency. We’ve found a 1.6-litre diesel one from Citygate Colindale, North London, in SE trim. It comes with alloys, Bluetooth, cruise control and a host of other goodies, all for the bargain price of £18,000. These cars usually retail for £20,990.

6. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai offers a different take on the traditional family hatch recipe. It’s got the chunky looks and high driving position of an SUV, without any of the negatives of such a vehicle. It’s got loads of space, looks good and drives decently, so it’s no wonder that it’s been popular enough to grab sixth on the list. There’s a new one on the way, as well, meaning that there are some really good deals at the moment. This one, from Harratts Nissan, Pontefract, is a 1.6-litre petrol 360 model and comes with all the extras you can think of, as well as a £3,895 discount.

7. BMW 3 Series
What is there left to say about the BMW 3 Series? It’s by far our favourite compact executive car and, clearly, you agree with us, buying 40,065 of them last year. They look good, drive brilliantly and somehow manage to deliver some really quite impressive economy and emissions figures while still being pretty quick. We’ve found a 318d in Luxury trim from Arnold Clark Fiat in Stourbridge. It comes with plenty of toys, but best of all, though, is that it’s on sale for £24,300, a massive £5,875 off its list price.

8. BMW 1 Series
The BMW 1 Series represents the least-expensive way into owning a BMW. It’s the sportiest of the family hatches and, even though it may not be the most spacious in the back, thanks to that rear-drive layout, it is genuinely entertaining to drive. It’s quick, too, if fitted with one of the more powerful diesel engines but this doesn’t come at the expense of economy and emissions. This one is a 120d in Sport trim. It’s got plenty of goodies to keep you comfortable and is on sale for £19,800 from Machargs in Glasgow, which is a saving of £5,155 over its list price.

9. Volkswagen Polo
If you want a bit of class and sophistication in your supermini, then the Volkswagen Polo is the one to go for. More than 39,000 of you wanted just that, which allowed the Polo to creep into the top 10. It’s not the crispest drive in the sector, but it is one of the highest quality superminis you can buy, barring the prohibitively expensive Audi A1. This one, from Lookers Volkswagen in Darlington, is in desirable R-Line trim and is powered by the excellent 1.2-litre TSI engine. It comes with loads of toys and is great value, at £1,439 off list.

10. Peugeot 208
The Peugeot 208 charmed 36,303 of you into giving one a new home in 2013 and we can see why. It’s good looking, comfortable and spacious, as well as being really cheap to run. This 1.2-litre Active model is from Harratts Peugeot in Leeds and comes with air-con, Bluetooth, cruise control, climate control and a variety of other toys as well. Its best feature is the price, though, as this one is being offered with a £2,855 discount.

By James Richardson







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