01 June 2018

Top 5 Smaller Car Models UK : 2016/17

Comparing the three smaller car categories in the UK, some trends occurred over the past year. Let's look at the them each.

Mini: Overall share is small and downsized slightly for 2.8 to 2.7%. VW went up! one, while the Viva slipped down one. The i10 is the big seller here, otherwise nothing much to see.

Supermini: The segment fell from 32.4% to 29.5%, quite a drop. Ford Fiesta remained the top selling model in this category and in total. However, the volume took a hit. The rankings stayed the same otherwise. Nice to see the Juke volumes holding up well.

Lower Medium: This segment held sales pretty well and because of that took its overall share from 27.3% to 28.7%. The Focus was bumped out of top spot by the Golf. I am almost speechless to know why a company so blatantly cheated on something that affects the health of its citizens was so well rewarded by the self-centred UK public. Maybe the clue is in the term 'self-centred'. Qashqai sales were up slightly in a depressed market and the A-Class replaced the A3 at 5th.


Mini Supermini Lower Medium



Hyundai i10 23,657 Ford Fiesta 120,525 Ford Focus 70,545
Vauxhall Viva 14,297 Vauxhall Corsa 77,110 VW Golf 69,492
VW Up! 13,245 VW Polo 54,448 Nissan Qashqai 62,682
Suzuki Celerio 8,420 MINI MINI 43,328 Vauxhall Astra 60,719
Škoda Citigo 8,140 Nissan Juke 38,803 Audi A3 46,806
Other 11.6% 8,857 Other 61.7% 538,722 Other 57.8% 424,581
76,616 Total
872,936 Total


Mini Supermini Lower Medium



Hyundai i10 25,224 Ford Fiesta 94,533 VW Golf 74,605
VW Up! 13,555 Vauxhall Corsa 52,772 Ford Focus 69,903
Vauxhall Viva 9,963 VW Polo 47,855 Nissan Qashqai 64,216
Suzuki Celerio 6,755 MINI MINI 47,669 Vauxhall Astra 49,370
Škoda Citigo 6,527 Nissan Juke 38,912 M Benz A-Class 43,717
Other 9.9% 6,822 Other 62.4% 466,592 Other 58.5% 426,305
68,846 Total
748,333 Total

Data source: SMMT.

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