These were the best-selling cars in August

Vauxhall Mokka
Opel Mokka

August was a glimmer of hope for the new auto industry as the month’s registration numbers ended five months of decline.

Registrations rose 1.2 percent during the month, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This month’s bestsellers list was largely populated by some firm favorites, with some new additions in between. Let’s see which cars came where.

Volkswagen Polo GT
The GTI rides 15 mm lower than the regular Polo

Volkswagen recently updated its Polo and the refresh seems to do the trick. Volkswagen took first place in August, registering some 1,902 units during the month. The latest Polo builds on a popular layout with a redesigned touchscreen and sharper appearance.

There is also a sporty GTI version for those who want a Polo with a little extra performance.

Ford Puma

Ford’s Puma has had a fantastic year, consistently outperforming Ford’s traditional hatchback models. It’s based on the Fiesta platform, but just happens to offer a little more space and functionality than it.

In the same vein as the Polo, the Puma is also available in a sportier, more dynamic ST layout for riders who want a Puma with a little extra punch.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai’s new Tucson has performed well in recent months, maintaining its third-place finish in August from the same position it held in July. The design of the Tucson is one of its biggest draws, with its slanted and distinctive look that makes it stand out from the crowd.

In addition, all Hyundai models receive a lot of equipment as standard, while there is the option of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Opel Corsa-e
The electric Corsa-e remains for sale

The Opel Corsa is a firm favorite among buyers, who appreciate its value-oriented approach and good standard equipment. An efficient engine range is also available, as is a fully electric version in the Corsa-e.

In August, Vauxhall moved 1,608 Corsas, placing it fourth in the rankings.


Volkswagen’s T-Roc occupies an important place within the company’s SUV range, combining the look and feel of the larger Tiguan, but in a more compact layout. It’s also one of the few SUVs in the UK available as a convertible, which really gives the T-Roc a unique selling point.

It can also be specified in sporty ‘R’ spec, which adds the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine you get in the Golf R.

Ford Kuga

The Kuga is one of Ford’s flagship SUV models, offering solid build quality, a roomy cabin and a roomy trunk. It’s also comfortable and easy to drive, with a good level of refinement making this an excellent long-haul option.

It is also available with a number of fuel-efficient engine options, including a new plug-in hybrid setup.

Peugeot 208
The Peugeot 208 has received a revised trim list

The 208 may be Peugeot’s smallest model, but it consistently accounts for a large percentage of the company’s sales. This well-sized French hatchback features a stylish cabin and some new technology, while recent changes to the specification range have given it even more standard equipment than before.

In addition, there is an electric version in the e-208, which shares its make-up with the battery-powered Corsa.

Opel Crossland
The Crossland is a practical crossover option

Opel has recently made a major change in the way its cars are designed, with the compact Crossland SUV being one of the latest recipients of a change in appearance. The quality of the interior has also been significantly improved, making this model more attractive than before.

In the change, Opel has also removed the ‘X’ badging from the Crossland.

Opel Mokka

Like the Crossland, the Mokka has benefited from a striking new exterior design. The new Mokka replaces the older and more rounded version and has an extremely sharp look with Vauxhall’s latest ‘Vizor’ front design, making this a car that stands out.

You can also get it with an efficient electric powertrain in the Mokka-e.

Citroen C3

Citroën’s C3 has appeared in the top 10 this month. The C3, which sits in the traditional hatchback segment, is a car that goes against the current trend for crossovers and SUVs.

It is also spacious inside and has a lot of technology on board to ensure this is a highly valued proposition.