Last month saw a fifth consecutive decline in new car registrations, with year-over-year sales falling nine percent to 112,162 units.
Interestingly, the number of electric cars has slowed compared to recent months, with sales growing by the smallest percentage (9.9 percent) since the pandemic. The decline in registrations has been attributed to continued disruption of the supply chain, which limits the number of models manufacturers can produce and supply to customers.
Amid doom and gloom, however, a number of new cars proved particularly popular. Let’s take a look at the 10 most popular models in July.
Nissan’s Qashqai proved to be not only the best-selling SUV in July, but also the most popular car overall. Manufactured in Sunderland, the Japanese company seems to prioritize UK orders, and this family crossover continues to be a hit with its combination of style, space and value.
Its appeal will also soon increase with the introduction of a new e-Power hybrid model, which will offer customers better performance and better fuel economy. Just over 2,500 Qashqais were registered in July.
It’s another UK-produced car in second place, with the much-loved Mini Hatch selling just below the Qashqai’s total. Famed for its style, this Mini continues to be a huge draw for those who want a fun and eye-catching little car.
The Mini also offers a fantastic interior and plenty of standard equipment, while an excellent range of powertrains ensures there is something to suit most. The Electric version in particular appears to be popular at the moment.
The Tucson is now again a fixture in the top 10 list, with Hyundai’s mid-sized SUV climbing the charts in July. There is much to like for this family SUV, with its new striking design proving to be a major attraction for buyers.
Inside, the Tuscon gets a new, higher-quality interior that’s packed with technology, while still offering plenty of rear seat space and a large luggage area. A choice of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models also adds to its success.
Volkswagen recently revamped its T-Roc crossover and it’s clearly struck a chord with buyers, with this model outselling VW’s own Golf and Polo. With a higher quality interior and smarter design, the T-Roc is one of the best cars in its segment.
Volkswagen offers a huge choice of engines and trim levels to enhance its appeal, while the T-Roc also drives well, looks good and offers plenty of interior space.
Volkswagen has been hit pretty hard by the ongoing supply chain disruption, but it looks like the company is back on track as the popular Golf remains the fifth best-selling car for a second month. This latest model features a new technology-laden cab, which is especially appealing to a younger crowd.
The huge choice of versions also continues to contribute to sales success, from entry-level petrol to sporty diesels and even a choice of plug-in hybrids.
While the Vauxhall Corsa slides down the charts in July, it’s worth remembering that this hatchback remains the best-selling model to date in 2022 – and by a healthy margin, too.
Vauxhall’s electric Corsa-e is proving to be a particular hit with buyers, with recent revisions now meaning it can travel up to a claimed 222 miles on a single charge. However, conventional petrol engines remain available.
As Audi’s smallest and most affordable model, the A1 offers huge appeal to those looking for a premium model from the German company. With a stunning interior that feels like it was lifted from one of Audi’s larger and more expensive models, the A1 is one of the most luxurious small cars around.
Yet there is still a fair amount of interior space, while a good mix of turbo petrol engines makes the A1 a great option in the supermini segment.
Kia’s latest fifth-generation Sportage represents a major step forward for the South Korean company, with the interior being a particular highlight with its dual digital screens and premium look. That said, it remains very practical and ideal for families.
Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty also remains a major selling point, while the huge choice of engines on offer on the latest Sportage is seriously impressive – from diesels to plug-in hybrids that can go 70 miles on a charge.
New to the top 10 list in July is Toyota’s Aygo X. This funky city car, launched only recently, replaces the old Aygo, and while many speak of the segment’s decline, the success of this Toyota seems to suggest otherwise.
With new crossover-inspired styling, the Aygo X offers great street value, while the level of standard equipment on offer is very impressive for such a small car. Its efficient, small gasoline engine is likely to strike a chord with buyers looking to lower their operating costs or lower the cost of living.
It’s another Toyota rounding out the top 10 with the beloved Yaris. This latest model continues with more than 20 years of success for this supermini and now takes on a more modern look inside and out.
But a particularly significant draw to the Yaris is its self-charging hybrid system, which is excellent in terms of fuel – Toyota claims up to 68.8mpg, along with CO2 emissions of just 92g/km.