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Volkswagen Polo on top in July’s best-sellers car chart

  • Polo led from Yaris and Sportage in July’s best-sellers chart
  • Fiesta languished in ninth while Vauxhall Corsa and Tesla Model 3 didn’t feature
  • Corsa remains best-seller year-to-date, however

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The Volkswagen Polo came out on top in July’s best-selling car chart, while perennial favourites Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa were left adrift.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed 3,047 Polos were registered in the month, placing the German supermini in the top spot.

Just a few units behind was the Toyota Yaris with 3,001 and the Kia Sportage was in third with 2,631 registrations.


The Polo, Yaris and Sportage are normally at the tail-end of the top 10 charts every month.

Meanwhile, the Ford Puma came in fourth with 2,621, fifth place went to the Volkswagen Golf with 2,362, followed by the Audi A3 (2,300), the Mercedes A-Class (2,186) and the Mini was in eighth with 2,138 registrations.

The Ford Fiesta, once a guaranteed top-spotter, languished in ninth with 2,010 unusually followed by Hyundai Kona with 2,006 registrations.

The Vauxhall Corsa and Astra, Ford Focus and Nissan Qashqai didn’t feature in the top 10 list, nor did June’s best-seller, the Tesla Model 3.


The Corsa remains the best-selling car year-to-date, however, with 26,215, followed by its arch-rival Fiesta (23,521).

The rest of the top 10 is made up of the Golf (21,970), A-Class (21,684), Puma (20,853), Sportage (18,941), Polo (18,601), Yaris (18,125), Qashqai (17,812) and the BMW 3 Series (17,188).

Overall, July was down by nearly 30 per cent compared with July 2020 and 22.3 per cent on the average recorded over the past decade.

SMMT figures reveal July 2021 was the lowest July since 1998.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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