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The Ford Puma was the best-selling new car last month, read on for the top 10 most popular models of April 2024.

The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed the top 10 best-selling cars of April 2024, with the Ford Puma taking the top spot. It knocked the Nissan Qashqai out of first place compared to March, and the Ford retains its status as the most popular car of 2024 so far.

Here are the top 10 best-selling cars of April 2024:

  1. Ford Puma
  2. Volkswagen Polo
  3. Audi A3
  4. Nissan Qashqai
  5. Volkswagen Golf
  6. Kia Sportage
  7. Volkswagen T-Roc
  8. MG HS
  9. Volvo XC40
  10. Volkswagen Tiguan

1) Ford Puma

  • Number sold: 4,339
  • Unique selling point: A small SUV which is fun to drive
  • Wowscore: 8/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,201*

Taking the top spot in the sales charts not just for April, but for 2024 so far is the Ford Puma. This dinky SUV has a lot going for it, including a massive boot and funky styling.

It may not have the most spacious rear seats, but the Puma makes up for this with an abundance of standard equipment and handling which could put some hot hatches to shame on a twisty road.

2) Volkswagen Polo

  • Number sold: 3,413
  • Unique selling point: Small car with big car refinement
  • Wowscore: 8/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £1,816*

The Volkswagen Polo is the perfect car if you want to downsize from something like a Golf, because it offers almost the same levels of comfort and equipment in a smaller package.

It may not be the most exciting small car to drive, but the Polo offers a no-nonsense blend of practicality, fuel economy and solid build quality.

3) Audi A3

  • Number sold: 3,010
  • Unique selling point: Properly posh
  • Wowscore: 7/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,468*

We love a posh German hatchback here in the UK, which is why the Audi A3 proved so popular in April. It has a stylish, well-made cabin, loads of tech as standard and it’s a good-looking car as well.

It may not be as fun to drive as a BMW 1 Series, but the A3 is geared more towards comfort and this is something it does very well. You also have a wide range of great engines to choose from.

4) Nissan Qashqai

  • Number sold: 2,495
  • Unique selling point: No-nonsense practicality
  • Wowscore: 8/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £3,803*

It may have been knocked down a few places compared to March, but the Nissan Qashqai remains one of the most popular cars on sale right now. The Qashqai was also updated recently to further broaden its appeal.

It may not have the biggest boot in this class, but the interior is spacious enough for the whole family and you get loads of kit as standard. It’s also properly comfortable to drive.

5) Volkswagen Golf

  • Number sold: 2,361
  • Unique selling point: A jack of all trades
  • Wowscore: 7/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,241*

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best all-rounders out there, so it’s no surprise that it proved so popular in March. It’s all the car most people realistically need.

It offers great practicality, it’s comfortable to drive and you get all the latest technology. Unless you need to carry more than five people, there’s a Golf to suit your needs.

6) Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage
  • Number sold: 2,192
  • Unique selling point: Reassuring seven-year warranty
  • Wowscore: 8/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,731*

Coming in at number six is the Kia Sportage, and it’s easy to see why it proves popular every month. It’s not only spacious and comfortable, but it also comes with a brilliant seven-year warranty.

The front-end styling won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the interior is a lovely place to spend time and it’s generously equipped. The hybrid engine is smooth and economical as well.

7) Volkswagen T-Roc

  • Number sold: 2,192
  • Unique selling point: Golf practicality with jacked-up styling
  • Wowscore: 7/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,117*

The Golf may be a great all-rounder, but for some people only an SUV will do. This is where the Volkswagen T-Roc comes in. It offers the Golf’s practicality with raised styling

It may be quite pricey compared to some alternatives, but the T-Roc has a big boot, plenty of kit and it’s good to drive as well.

8) MG HS

  • Number sold: 2,073
  • Unique selling point: Great value for money
  • Wowscore: 5/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,866*

Plenty of people were tempted into a new MG HS last month by its low starting price. There are few SUVs out there which offer this much space and tech for such a small outlay, and you can save even more when you buy through Carwow.

It doesn’t feel like a premium product inside, but at least the cabin looks pretty snazzy and the HS is comfortable to drive as well.

9) Volvo XC40

  • Number sold: 2,069
  • Unique selling point: Head-turning looks
  • Wowscore: 9/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £1,933*

A new entrant into the top 10, the Volvo XC40 sneaks into the list of best-selling cars for April. This stylish Swede is comfortable to drive, as well as being one of the safest small SUVs on the road.

The infotainment system may be a bit fiddly, but the XC40 makes up for this by being spacious and easy to live with.

10) Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Number sold: 2,004
  • Unique selling point: A classy family SUV
  • Wowscore: 8/10
  • Average Carwow saving: £2,497 (on the new one)

We’re between Tiguan models at the moment, with deliveries of the all-new car starting imminently. This may be a driving factor in the increase of Tiguan sales, with great deals to be had on the outgoing version.

The new Tiguan is just as practical as the outgoing car, with a big boot and spacious rear seats. You also get loads of tech, and it’s comfortable as well.

*Average savings correct at the time of writing

Best-selling cars of 2023 revealed: UK car market records its best year since the pandemic

Last year saw the UK market record its best 12 months since the pandemic according to SMMT data, with new car registrations up 17.9% in 2023 compared to the previous year. Sales still haven’t reached pre-pandemic levels, with new registrations still down by around 250,000 in comparison to 2019.

This growth was entirely driven by a spike in fleet sales, which grew by a whopping 38.7% compared to 2022. Private car sales actually fell by 0.1%, while business sales were 1.5% down in 2023.

Electric cars also saw a surge in popularity in 2023, with a 17.8% increase year-on-year and 314,687 EVs wafting off forecourts. Plug-in hybrid sales increased by a whopping 39.3%, and there was a 13.5% jump in the sale of petrol-powered models. Diesel cars appear to be falling out of favour though, with a 13.8% drop in sales for 2023.

The Ford Puma took the sales top spot last year, with 49,591 of these sporty small SUVs finding homes. Below is a list of the top 10 best-selling cars of 2023:

  1. Ford Puma: 49,591 sold
  2. Nissan Qashqai: 43,321 sold
  3. Vauxhall Corsa: 40,816 sold
  4. Kia Sportage: 36,135 sold
  5. Tesla Model Y: 35,899 sold
  6. Hyundai Tucson: 34,469 sold
  7. Mini 3-door Hatch: 33,385 sold
  8. Nissan Juke: 31,745 sold
  9. Audi A3: 30,159 sold
  10. Vauxhall Mokka: 29,984 sold

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