Press release

Revealed: UK's most popular cars of 2019

VW Golf takes the title of the UK’s most popular new car model for the second year

 

 

  • VW Golf takes the title of the UK’s most popular new car model for the second year
  • Audi is the public’s most desirable brand for new cars, rising up above BMW
  • Black cars found to be the nation’s favourite, followed by classic blue and silver

This year, the UK’s most popular new car is a black Volkswagen Golf, according to a study of the nation’s tastes, including analysis of over 38 million new car ad views online.

The research published in the UK’s Most Popular Cars 2019 report, commissioned by Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, combines a survey of 2,000 UK drivers with search data from ad views on Auto Trader’s website and app to reveal the most popular makes, models and features on the new car market.

According to the report, the Volkswagen Golf is the UK’s most popular model of new car, ahead of traditional top sellers the Ford Fiesta and Focus. This is the second year in a row that the Golf has taken the top spot, showing its appeal to a broad range of car buyers.

Top 10 Most Popular Cars of 2019 (based on ad views)

1 .Volkswagen Golf

1,307,303

2. Ford Focus

846,212

3. Ford Fiesta

721,306

4. Land Rover Range Rover

617,085

5. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

591,323

6. BMW 3 Series

562,623

7. Mercedes-Benz A Class

541,700

8. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

525,550

9. Volkswagen Polo

463,548

10. Mercedes-Benz C Class

460,924

Audi is named as this year’s most desirable overall new car brand with a total of 4,814,795 ad views since January 2019, overtaking BMW by almost 800,000 views and continuing the tight contest between the German brands.

The data also shows that interest in new electric cars is starting to overtake that for petrol hybrids. The electric Audi E-Tron is revealed as the UK’s most popular eco car, aligning with changing attitudes towards going green, as the government offers subsidies and manufacturers continue to improve range and battery costs of their greener models.

Top of the shopping list for new car features are air conditioning and climate control (52% said this was important when selecting a new car), electric windows (49%) and a spacious boot (41%). 

Amongst the least popular features are a panoramic sun-roof (9%), heated steering wheels (8%) and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (7%).

The report also reveals that Black is the UK’s most popular colour preference for a new car (21%), followed by Blue (19%) and Silver (16%).

Auto Trader’s Rory Reid says: “Audi’s performance shows the strength of its brand across all classes and price brackets. From the A1 to its prestige and electric models, it has something to appeal to all tastes and budgets.  Audi performed particularly well with drivers aged 34 and under, highlighting its status as a brand to which many younger motorists aspire.

“The Volkswagen Golf also performs well, outscoring top selling models such as the Ford Fiesta and Focus, indicating the strength of this evergreen brand with new car buyers.

“The most popular electric cars are consistently outscoring petrol hybrids for desirability in the eco ranges, suggesting a change in the nation’s tastes for more environmentally friendly cars and the impact of a wider roll out for charging points. For example, the top scoring electric model, the Audi E-Tron, gained 7% more interest than the top petrol hybrid, the Toyota Corolla.”

You can find brand new cars on Auto Trader at pre-haggled prices. For more information on the UK’s Most Popular Cars 2019 report by Auto Trader, click here.

 

- ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

Survey sample: nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK motorists

About Auto Trader

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland's largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK's vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 100 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness and attracts circa 50 million monthly cross platform visits each month, with over 70% of visits coming through mobile devices.

The marketplace also has the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing around 450,000 cars each day). Around 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on autotrader.co.uk.

Our latest Retailer Performance Masterclass on distance selling is now live. Take the module now to become an expert on all things distance selling > https://t.co/Wm6Ve34Tf1 https://t.co/TVqYfZdDJy
Register now for next week’s webinar where we’ll be revealing how to keep buyers locked into your adverts for longer along with an update on the wholesale market from @dealerauction1. Register now at https://t.co/fRY30yjrUU https://t.co/H1VUtOHteP
Our latest pricing data, based on the 510,000 vehicles currently available on our marketplace, shows that used car prices continue to record strong levels of growth – up 7.7% YoY – despite the current lockdown measures in place. https://t.co/SVtIcJmKq5
In our latest blog, we’ve pulled together our top tips for making sure you’re digital forecourt is attracting as many buyers as possible. Click below to find out more 👇https://t.co/ssr5eAs64R
Although 2021 hasn’t started the way we would have hoped, we’re still seeing high demand for vans, with January audience so far up 39% versus the same time last year. Find out more in our latest blog 👇 https://t.co/dxDDCqPR7l
Our Data & Insight Director @therickw shares our latest audience insights, including how many visitors, ad views and leads we have seen since the start of 2021. https://t.co/4CJ0pNun49
It's the final day of @AMchatter #AMLVirtual. Be sure to check out the virtual and listen in to their expert speakers 👇 https://t.co/Jr38eTuWKq
Closing off today's webinar, @stuart_trader announces the launch of our next (and very topical) #RPMAccredited module on Distance Selling. Find out more and become accredited now > https://t.co/Wm6Ve34Tf1 https://t.co/UUpT9NlIaR
Nona Bowkis from @Lawgistics_UK is now on to answer your questions. She kicks off by confirming that everything paid by the consumer, including a warranty, has to be refunded in the event of a return within the 14 day cooling off period. https://t.co/mEtXKnB1Cw
Last week we asked retailers if they were operating click & collect or home delivery with 94% indicating they have and this week we can see that 79% have seen success. https://t.co/HqLuUGEYCi

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

Keep in touch

We use social media to speak to the UK’s largest car buying audience