April has proved to be another difficult month for the new car market. Sales fell 15.8 percent, while the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which published the figures, also revised its 2022 forecast from 1.89 million units to 1.72 million units.
But what did this mean for the top 10 bestsellers of the month? Let’s dive in and see who came out on top.
Nissan Qashqai – 3,804
Nissan’s Qashqai was back on top form in April, with this Sunderland-built crossover topping the list by a decent margin, with more than 3,800 registered.
The Qashqai continues to be a huge hit with families, with its practical interior and impressive safety rating making it an excellent choice in that regard. Generous trim levels and smart design add to its appeal. The appeal of the Qashqai will continue to grow later this year with the addition of a new e-Power hybrid version.
Ford Puma – 3,318
While Ford has been hit hard by a parts shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine, it looks like it is once again gaining a foothold, with the Puma crossover in second position.
With the recently updated Fiesta and Focus nowhere to be found in the top 10, it means the Puma is now Ford’s best-selling car by far. With its stylish design, efficient hybrid engines and practical interior, the Puma is one of the best compact crossovers on the market.
Mini – 3,088
Mini is another brand hit by supply shortages, with the British brand announcing earlier this week that it was ceasing production of all its cars with manual transmissions.
That said, the hatchback’s popularity didn’t stop there in April, with over 3,000 units registered in April. The style, impressive personalization and sporty driving experience of this Mini make it an attractive choice for buyers.
Opel Corsa – 3,002
While the Corsa may have dropped slightly lower in the rankings in April, it will remain Britain’s best-selling car to date in 2022. This latest generation of Vauxhall represents a major step forward, with the new model boasting a much more stylish design and higher quality interior.
Powertrain choice is also key to the popularity of this model, particularly the electric Corsa-e, which continues to see its sales rise, with its low running costs and claimed range of 309 miles making it an attractive choice.
Kia Sportage – 2,407
Kia’s Sportage is now a fixture on the best-selling car list, and this family SUV has recently entered a new generation, which should only increase its appeal.
With a striking new design, the Sportage has much more street cred than ever before, while also getting a chic and tech-laden interior. With a choice of hybrid powertrains to choose from, there’s sure to be a lot of appeal for the Sportage.
Peugeot 208 – 2.327
It’s not often a Peugeot is spotted in the top 10, but the brand’s 208 supermini proved hugely popular in April – and more than other popular cars in its class, such as the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.
The latest 208 is the best yet and stands out for its radical design, especially from the top-end GT cars. With a chic interior and a wide range of powertrains – including the electric e-208 – this supermini deserves all its success.
Hyundai Tucson – 2.231
A sibling of the Kia Sportage, the Tucson is another hugely popular SUV. Fulfilling practicality with its generous interior, the new Tucson is also one of the most distinctive SUVs on the market, thanks to its ‘parametric grille’ with hidden LED lighting.
This latest model has also really improved in terms of quality, while a wide range of powertrains – including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions – really lifts its position in this popular class.
Audi A3 – 2,190
In the premium hatchback class, it doesn’t get much better than the Audi A3. Distinguished by its chic interior, stylish design and impressive refinement, it is a step ahead of the more mainstream models in this class.
The key to the A3’s success is its huge choice of trim levels and engines, with the plug-in hybrid versions proving particularly popular with commercial vehicle drivers.
Volkswagen Polo – 2,123
Volkswagen recently modified its Polo, giving it a more aggressive design, additional standard equipment and more technology. The German company will no doubt also be pleased with its success so far, with more than 2,000 units sold in April.
In addition to efficient 1.0-litre petrol engines, Volkswagen has recently introduced the sportier GTI hot hatch, which provides extra performance and a more immersive driving experience.
Ford Kuga – 1,867
Rounding out the top 10 is the Ford Kuga, which is another fixture on this bestsellers list. As Ford’s most spacious SUV, the Kuga offers huge family appeal thanks to its ample interior space and large boot.
Its electrified powertrains are also proving a popular choice with buyers, with efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions offering significant opportunities to reduce operating costs.