Corsa Remains Best Selling New Car in 2021

Published Date: 19th Dec 2021

The Vauxhall Corsa is on course to be the best-selling new car of 2021 with 38,306 new Corsas registered so far this year according to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders).

2021 Vauxhall Corsa

The new Vauxhall Corsa-e is also proving to be one of the most popular full electric cars  in the small vehicle segment.

Managing Director of Vauxhall, Paul Willcox said: “As a British brand, we're delighted to see the Corsa as UK’s best-selling new car and, with electric sales continuing to grow at a rapid pace, we’re proud to see the Corsa-e and our electric line-up help drive Britain to a more sustainable motoring future.”

The Corsa-e and Mokka-e full electric cars have also seen some updates that extend their range, which should make them even more appealing to people looking for a full EV car. The Mokka range has been extended from 201 miles to 209 miles (WLTP) and the Corsa-e has been extended from 209 miles to 222 miles (WLTP).

The Corsa is closely followed by the Mercedes A-Class which is proving to be the most popular premium badged car in 2021 with 29,510 new registrations to date, the BMW 3 Series squeezes into the top ten most popular new cars with 26,115 new registrations.

Other popular small new cars include the VW Polo (29,478 new registrations), the MINI (27.167 new registrations) and the Ford Fiesta (27,000 new registrations).

The classy VW Golf is the most popular mid-sized hatchback in 2021 with 28,666 new registrations.

The SUV/Crossover segment is headed by the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai with 27,800 new registrations, it regains its best SUV crown from the KIA Sportage (27,297 new registrations).

The Qashqai has for a long time been the best-selling Crossover in the UK and the latest new Nissan Qashqai model sees a host of improvements and updates  that make it an impressive package for price. A new/improved 2022 KIA Sportage is set to go sale with first deliveries to customers in the first quarter of 2022 which should provide stiff competition for rival medium sized SUVs.

Ford’s compact Crossover the Ford Puma is also proving popular with 26,870 new registrations. The Puma is built on the same platform as the Fiesta and amongst other things it is a great vehicle to drive.

The SMMT reported that new registrations for full electric vehicles in November 2021 accounted for 18.8% of all registrations which is almost double the number in November 2020. Plug-in hybrids accounted for 9.3%, while hybrids accounted for 8.3%.

Despite the upturn in registrations of new electrified vehicles, Petrol cars are still the overwhelming favourite choice, accounting for 43.3% of new registrations in November 2021. MHEV (mild Hybrid) diesels and petrol accounted for 15% while pure diesels accounted for just 5% of new registrations.