The highest 10 best-selling latest cars of 2022 have been confirmed by official industry figures this morning – and it is a British-made motor that topped the chart for the primary time in 24 years.
Nissan’s Qashqai SUV, which is built on the brand’s Sunderland factory within the North East, dethroned Vauxhall’s Corsa to turn into the nation’s most-bought motor of last 12 months.
It’s the primary home-produced automotive to be take the primary sales spot since 1998, when the Ford Fiesta – then inbuilt Dagenham – took the crown.
Here’s a rundown of the ten most-registered latest cars of last 12 months.
The ten best-selling latest cars: These are the models Britons bought in highest numbers in 2022. Here’s our countdown of the 12 months’s hottest models
Official figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders this morning confirmed that sales of recent cars hit a 30-year low in 2022.
The 1.61million units sold within the UK last 12 months is down two per cent compared with the 1.65million registered through the previous 12 months and 1 / 4 below pre-coronavirus levels.
Industry bosses said manufacturers were unable to satisfy demand for brand new cars as a consequence of global supply chain issues resembling semiconductor shortages, driven by coronavirus lockdowns in China.
The last time so few latest models were bought by Britons was in 1992 with 1.59million registrations that 12 months.
Yet, the 2022 sales figures were enough for the UK to reclaim its position as Europe’s second largest latest automotive market behind Germany – relegating France to the bronze-medal place.
Below, we countdown the ten models that Britons bought most examples of last 12 months – and we have also listed the best-selling manufacturers and the preferred electric cars of 2022…
10. Ford Fiesta – 25,070 sold
Price: from £19,330
This is probably going the last time we are going to see the Fiesta nameplate within the list of the highest 10 best-selling latest cars in Britain after Ford confirmed it should stop production of the favored supermini in June this 12 months
The Ford Fiesta has been a long-running favourite amongst Britons. In reality, it’s our hottest automotive of all time, with greater than 4.8million examples sold within the UK because it first hit showrooms in 1976, topping Britain’s sales chart 16 times in its history.
It was the most-bought latest automotive for 12 consecutive years from 2009 to 2020 before losing its crown to the Vauxhall Corsa last 12 months, with the Fiesta slipping out of the highest 10 entirely as Ford reportedly targeting industrial vehicle outputs as a consequence of rising pandemic-related demand.
Nonetheless, in 2022 it returned to the rankings of one of the best sellers – though only just, with a fraction over 25,000 registrations enough to secure tenth spot overall.
And the Fiesta is unlikely to be seen in the highest 10 again, with Ford recently confirming that the immensely-popular model will stop production in June 2023, with the brand set to interchange it with a latest electrified vehicle with a fresh nameplate.
Ford has already began to limit Fiesta specifications, which is why the starting price for this small hatchback is surprisingly steep at over £19,000.
9. Ford Kuga – 26,549 sold
Price: from £30,755
The Kuga is the larger of two Ford SUVs to make it into the highest 10 best-selling latest cars of 2022. Competitively priced and available with petrol or plug-in hybrid power, it’s a tempting option for buyers of family-size motors in Britain
Showcasing just how popular SUVs have turn into in Britain in recent times, the Ford Kuga is the primary of six sports utility vehicles and crossovers to feature in the highest 10 best sellers of 2022.
The Kuga widely-regarded as top-of-the-line mid-sized SUVs available on the market, combining a spread of efficient and robust engines, good practicality and luxury, and arguably one of the best driving experience in its segment.
Petrol versions are competitively priced from just a little under £31,000, while the plug-in hybrid options undercut lots of its petrol-electric rivals.
Charge the battery of the PHEV version and it should provide as much as 35 miles of electric-only driving, which is a few 15 miles greater than the typical every day mileage of UK motorists.
Having didn’t push its way into the highest 10 sellers in 2021, it managed to nudge its way into ninth spot last 12 months with Ford dealers selling 26,549 examples of the family-friendly SUV – that is over 1,500 greater than its Fiesta.
8. Volkswagen Golf – 26,558 sold
Price: from £25,610
The Golf has slipped two places down the rankings, having been the sixth best-seller in 2021. With Volkswagen increasing its electric vehicle range, its popular family hatchback appears to have taken a success
Volkswagen has only one model within the list of Britain’s most-bought latest cars of 2022 – and it would not be difficult to guess which one it’s!
The Golf hatchback has been a perennial favourite, though its popularity appears to be heading right into a decline with 26,558 registrations last 12 months – that is almost 4,000 fewer than in 2021 (30,240).
VW sold fewer examples than it did last 12 months, and the Golf has now slipped to eighth overall within the rankings. Back in 2020, only the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa was sold in greater numbers.
Nonetheless, sales of the long-running family hatch were also likely impacted by the semiconductor shortage, which might have seen VW prioritise component availability for its growing range of fully-electric ‘ID’ vehicles.
Having only hit the market in two years ago, the newest Mk8 Golf stays top-of-the-line family hatchbacks you possibly can buy in showrooms today, and has outperformed the likes of the Ford Focus, Mercedes A-class and Vauxhall Astra – none of which have made it into last 12 months’s top 10.
7. Hyundai Tucson – 27,839 sold
Price: from £30,140
The Tucson’s looks may not be to all tastes, however the styling appears to be sitting well with Britons, who’ve bought enough examples of the Hyundai SUV for it to take seventh place overall in the recognition standings for 2022
The newest-generation Hyundai Tucson is a high quality mid-size SUV. It is the sister automotive to the Kia Sportage (which we are going to get to very shortly) and epitomises the rise of those Korean brands in recent times through the discharge of competitively-priced – and quality – vehicles.
This Mk4 example was unveiled in 2020 and last 12 months was its first full-year on sale within the UK.
It comes with a novel look that may not be to all tastes, especially the face of the automotive with its enormous grille that comes with the headlight clusters.
But Britons appear to just like the Marmite styling, with the Tucson accruing enough sales to be the seventh most-registered model last 12 months.
Sold with a selection of hybrid – and plug-in hybrid – engines, plenty of specification as standard and a tech-rammed interior, we’re not surprised to see it on this list with 27,839 registrations last 12 months.
THE 20 MOST-BOUGHT CAR BRANDS IN 2022
1. Volkswagen – 131,850 sold
2. Ford – 126,826 sold
3. Audi – 110,144 sold
4. BMW – 108,624 sold
5. Toyota – 102,181 sold
6. Kia – 100,191 sold
7. Vauxhall – 83,691 sold
8. Mercedes-Benz – 80,910 sold
9. Hyundai – 80,419 sold
10. Nissan – 76,711 sold
11. Tesla – 54,622 sold
12. Peugeot – 52,264 sold
13. MG – 51,050 sold
14. Skoda – 48,848 sold
15. Mini – 45,854 sold
16. Land Rover – 43,180 sold
17. Volvo – 36,506 sold
18. Renault – 32,285 sold
19. Citroen – 28,487 sold
20. Dacia – 27,221 sold
6. Kia Sportage – 29,655 sold
Price: from £27,800
The Kia Sportage SUV has moved three places higher within the sales chart than last 12 months, and that is despite the fifth-generation automotive only appearing in UK showrooms from the center of February 2022
Like its Hyundai Tucson sister automotive, the Sportage has sold in big numbers in 2022. Nonetheless, unlike its Korean sibling, this has been the case for the Kia SUV for a while, with the Sportage often appearing in and across the 10 best sellers in recent times.
This latest fifth-generation example only hit showrooms from February, meaning its appearance at number six on this list with 29,655 registrations has mostly been achieved in lower than 11 months.
Since its first arrival in Britain in 1995, greater than 350,000 have been sold, with the outgoing Mk4 model launched in 2016 accounting for nearly 200,000 of the full.
Just like the Tucson, it has distinctive styling – especially those boomerang-shaped headlights.
It is also thoroughly equipped, supremely comfortable and offers as much as eight different engine options, all of that are extremely refined.
5. Mini Hatch – 32,387 sold
2021 registrations: 31,792
2021 rating: third (down 2 places)
The Mini Hatch stays amongst the preferred latest cars in Britain. In 2023, the BMW-owned brand will launch a fourth-generation version
Mini not only offers the hatchback as a 3 and five-door example, the battery-powered Mini Electric can be included in total sales for the hatch – and being the sixth most-bought EV, it could have contributed a number of numbers to the automotive’s overall tally.
It continues to be popular amongst Britons, despite the actual fact the Mini’s British roots at the moment are within the hands of BMW ownership.
While it was the third most-bought latest automotive of 2021, the third-generation ‘BMW Mini’ has slipped down the pecking order two places to fifth with 32,387 registrations in 2022 – though that is greater than dealer sold last 12 months (31,792).
It shows that demand for a lot of the models within the list in front of it was greater than 12 months ago, but Mini could reestablish its position soon because the brand prepares to launch the next-generation automotive later this 12 months.
It would see production of the Mini Electric shift away from Plant Oxford to a factory in China, though the UK manufacturing site will soon start making Mini Convertibles.
4. Ford Puma – 35,088 sold
Price: from £24,920
The Puma is – for the third consecutive 12 months – the best-selling compact crossover in Britain. It is also Ford’s best-selling model for a second 12 months running
Ford’s smallest crossover, the Puma, has picked up loads of accolades because it first hit UK showrooms in 2020, and is now the volume-selling model within the manufacturer’s ranks, picking up from where the Fiesta will leave off.
The Puma was officially the best-selling compact SUV in 2022 with 35,088 registrations, extending its reign as the category leader for a 3rd consecutive 12 months. Ford dealers sold some 6,391 more examples than they did last 12 months (28,697).
It means the Puma continues to consistently outsell other popular cars within the segment, which incorporates the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross.
Customers seem like drawn to the trendy looks, the promise of an attractive ride and a lift in practicality and driving position over a standard hatchback.
It’s sold with a selection of 1.0-litre petrol engines and hybrid tech. And it’s also available as a potent 200 horsepower ST ‘hot’ version, which only widens its appeal.
3. Tesla Model Y – 35,551 sold
Price: from £51,990
The Tesla Model Y SUV rose to 3rd overall within the 2022 sales chart, which was primarily as a consequence of an enormous shipment of 10,664 examples arriving in December
The Tesla Model 3 was the large surprise of 2021, with the US firm’s electric saloon taking second place overall in the brand new automotive sales chart.
This 12 months, it is the turn of the Model Y SUV to combine it among the many mainstream auto brands with 35,551 registrations in total in 2022.
Its rise to 3rd overall within the standings is the results of an enormous shipment of 10,664 cars arriving in December. This single shipment alone accounts for nearly a 3rd (30 per cent) of the full-year registrations, lifting the Model Y from ninth spot within the sales standings at the tip of November to 3rd overall for 2022.
Most of the vehicles arriving on British soil last month are prone to have been pre-registered in a bid to spice up sales figures for the battery SUV offering a spread of 267 to 331 miles on a full charge, depending on which specification you go for.
The Model Y, unsurprisingly, can be the best-selling fully-electric automotive of the 12 months, ahead of the Model 3 and the Kia e-Niro.
THE 10 BEST-SELLING ELECTRIC CARS OF 2022
1. Tesla Model Y – 35,551 sold
2. Tesla Model 3 – 19,071 sold
3. Kia e-Niro – 11,197 sold
4. Volkswagen ID.3 – 9,832 sold
5. Nissan Leaf – 9,178 sold
6. Mini Electric – 7,425 sold
7. Polestar 2 – 7,345 sold
8. MG5 EV – 7,030 sold
9. BMW i4 – 6,699 sold
10. Audi Q4 e-tron – 6,594 sold
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 35,910 sold
Price: from £18,065
Vauxhall topped Britain’s latest automotive sales chart last 12 months with the Corsa, however the plucky supermini has been knocked down one place to the runner’s-up spot in 2022
Vauxhall – rightfully so – made an enormous song and dance about topping the general latest automotive sales chart in 2021.
Ending Ford’s 50-year reign because the brand with the preferred latest automotive in Britain – and the Fiesta’s 12-year run at the highest of the chart – was hailed a hue scalp for the manufacturer, but it surely was unable to carry onto the crown in 2022.
It was unable to match the near-41,000 registrations recorded within the 12 months before, though stays by far Vauxhall’s biggest volume seller with 35,910 being bought by drivers in Britain in 2022.
The Corsa slipped to second overall within the order, despite the electrical Corsa-e boosting sales of petrol models.
Fleet demand has also helped to maintain it near the highest of the table and it’s by far the most-bought supermini model in Britain.
1. Nissan Qashqai – 42,704 sold
Price: from £ 26,045
The Nissan Qashqai is officially the most-bought latest automotive of 2022. The Sunderland-made SUV is the primary British-built model to top the sales chart in 24 years
The Nissan Qashqai is officially Britain’s most-purchased latest automotive of 2022.
Not only is it the primary time the Japanese brand has had a model at the highest of the UK sales list, the Qashqai has also turn into the primary UK-built model to top the chart for twenty-four years.
The last time a UK-built automotive hit the primary sales spot was the Mk4 Ford Fiesta back in 1998 – the ultimate 12 months that the supermini was produced on the Dagenham plant before assembly shifted to Germany and Spain.
The house-grown Qashqai – which was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield and is inbuilt Sunderland – was the nation’s best-selling automotive of the last 12 months with 42,704 examples driven off dealership forecourts across the UK in 2022.
That is 12,700 more Qashqais than the brand sold within the UK last 12 months, with customers seemingly falling for the third-generation automotive, which has only been in showrooms since 2021.
To have a good time the Qashqai becoming the nation’s hottest latest automotive in 2022, Nissan has created this one-off gold-wrapped special vehicle
To have a good time the achievement, Nissan has even created an exclusive gold-wrapped Qashqai, inbuilt honour of the 7,000 UK employees who’ve contributed to its success.
Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: ‘It is a landmark moment for a landmark automotive and it’s great to see how the newest generation Qashqai has struck a chord with automotive buyers here within the UK.
‘We’re absolutely thrilled to see this automotive’s increasing success over the past 16 years, and it’s a fitting tribute to the abilities and skills of Nissan’s excellent design, engineering, production and sales teams throughout the UK.’
NISSAN QASHQAI WASN’T THE BEST-SELLING ‘VEHICLE’ IN 2022
Ford Transit Custom – 42,762 sold
Price: from £28,145 (excl VAT)
Ford sold more Transit Customs than Nissan did Qashqais, technically making a van the best-selling ‘vehicle’ in Britain last 12 months
While the Qashqai amassed 42,704 sales last 12 months, one other vehicle was sold in greater numbers.
Ford’s Transit Custom van pipped the Nissan with a complete of 42,762 registrations in 2022, as demand for the industrial vehicle held strong throughout the previous 12 months.
It was an identical story to 2021, when the Ford van outsold the most-bought passenger automotive that 12 months (Vauxhall’s Corsa).
There was an enormous surge in demand for brand new vans as a consequence of the increased reliance on deliveries following the Covid-19 pandemic, which – in some manufacturer cases – has seen production of those vehicles prioritised over passenger cars.
For those manufacturers that construct them, vans also offer stronger profit margins than conventional cars because they’re cheaper to provide.
It also explains why the two-tonne Transit also sold in massive numbers last 12 months with 33,203 registrations – enough to put ahead of the Mini Hatchback in the highest 10 list above.
BEST SELLING COMMERCIAL VEHICLES OF 2022
1. Ford Transit Custom – 42,215 sold
2. Ford Transit – 33,203 sold
3. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – 17,034 sold
4. Vauxhall Vivaro – 16,830 sold
5. Ford Ranger – 16,827 sold
6. Volkswagen Transporter – 15,164 sold
7. Ford Transit Connect – 8,219 sold
8. Peugeot Expert – 8,131 sold
9. Peugeot Trafic – 8,085 sold
10. Volkswagen Crafter – 7,455 sold
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