We’ve reached the halfway point of 2023. Have you been thinking about changing your car this year? Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to switch to an electric model, or just want a car that’s more efficient with lower running costs.
Looking for inspiration what car might be right for you? It’s always interesting to see what the most popular cars on the market are. Which models are UK drivers turning to? Here’s a list of the most popular cars of 2023 so far.
Ford have often dominated the bestseller list with their excellent all-round models. But it’s a recent trend that sees their crossover SUV the Ford Puma take the number one position. An ideal family car, the spacious interior means you can help lessen the chances of petty squabbles between your children.
Another big bonus is the hybrid tech the car incorporates into its engine system. It’s not fully hybrid, but it will help you to cut down on the running costs.
The first car for many drivers in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa continues to be a popular choice. An ideal starter car thanks to its quality in all areas, it’s also increasingly popular as a small family car, perfect for the school run in busy areas thanks to being less chunky that some of the popular family SUVs on the market.
There are a range of quality, efficient engines to choose from, with some of the juicier options adding an extra level of fun to your drive. The suspension is also well-balanced for a smooth ride.
The car that started the crossover craze, the Nissan Qashqai has been one of the most popular family cars on the market for over a decade. That popularity was initially down to how it turned the ruggedness and utility of an SUV and placed it into a family friendly package.
Over the years, the model has been refined, with interior space being used more efficiently to help maximise room inside. The high seating position provides an excellent view of the road, meaning you can spot dangers and potential parking spots much easier.
Tesla’s Model Y is one of the best cars on the road, never mind one of the best examples of an electric car you can buy. With charging points spread all-across the UK and beyond, there’s even less excuse not to take advantage of an electric vehicle.
So what are the features that make the Model Y the electric car of choice? Take your pick from an advanced suspension system that adapts to the road, all-wheel drive meaning it’s capable on most road conditions, and a range of 280+ miles. Add to that a whole range of advanced tech and safety features, and it’s little wonder it’s the most popular electric car by far.
The Hyundai Tucson is one of the best-looking crossover SUVs on the market, making it ideal for anyone who needs a car that can handle a family, but doesn’t look like a family car. If that makes sense?
What doesn’t need any clarification is just how good the Tucson is as a car. That’s best signified in the vast range of technology that comes as standard, including climate and cruise control, DAB audio and a rearview camera.
The Qashqai’s little sister, the Nissan Juke does a lot of what the Qashqai does well – maximise interior space and provide a great seating position. It combines a supermini with a SUV, and wraps it up in a bold style that might be too quirky for some (but we love it!).
Being smaller than the Qashqai makes the Juke’s handling a lot more responsive, adding to the fun factor. It slightly less comfortable than its big sister, but if you want a more affordable option, the Juke is a great choice.
Not as well known as the Qashqai, the Kia Sportage is one of the best family SUVs on the market. It has all the key ingredients for a fantastic family car. Spacious interior with comfortable seating for all passengers. A nice range of infotainment to keep you and your family comfy, cool and entertained. There are also lots of practical touches that show just how much thought has been put into the car.
It’s somewhat reassuring to see the iconic MINI is still selling strong sixty years since it first launched. While it may have changed quite a bit in that time, the iconic styling is something everyone loves. With more interior space and updated engines, the latest MINI might not have the same small stature, it still has the fun essence of its origins.
Once the most popular car in the UK, the Ford Fiesta has lost its popularity mainly due to the switch in preference to SUV style vehicles for family cars. Despite this, the Ford Fiesta is still one of the best cars on the market.
It ticks all the right boxes with its interior comfort, easy and pleasure of drive and its refined safety features. Whether you need a family car, are looking for your first car, or just want a vehicle that makes driving simple and stress-free, the Fiesta is a great option to go for.