The Most Popular Cars In Europe – By Country

The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Corsa, Focus or Golf.

What is the best-selling car in other countries, though? Find out below which cars the rest of Europe loves as much as the UK loves the Ford Fiesta, measured by market analysts JATO Dynamics:

Austria: Volkswagen Golf

With no mainstream car manufacturers, Austria’s top-seller can’t be from a domestic manufacturer. 10,912 buyers have flocked to the Volkswagen Golf so far in 2017, while the next two are also VW Group big-hitters; the Skoda Octavia, at 7372, and the Tiguan at 7192.

Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golfis the most popular car, followed by the Renault Clio and Hyundai Tucson. 11,152, 8685 and 8470 have found owners respectively in 2017.

Croatia: Skoda Octavia

It’s all change in Croatia; last year, the best-sellers were the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris, while this year, the Skoda Octavia,Renault Clio and Volkswagen Golf take the top three so far, with 2101, 2025 and 1723 sales respectively.

Czechia: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here – the Skoda Octavia has sold a projected 19,988 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which sold 16,532, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid takes third, with 8444 sold so far.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe is in Denmark, where 7492 208s have found homes in 2017 so far, while the next best-seller was the Volkswagen Up, of which 5408 were sold. Trailing slightly in third place is the Nissan Qashqai; 4839 have found homes so far this year.

Estonia: Skoda Octavia

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the Skoda Octavia takes pole position having sold 1033 cars, while 728 and 697 units put the Toyota Avensis and Toyota RAV4 in second and third place respectively.

Finland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda claims another victory in Finland with the Octavia – 4510 have been there in 2017. Second place was taken by the Nissan Qashqai, although only slightly less – 3932 – have been sold across the year so far. the VW Golf takes third place with 3028 sales.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 86,542 take it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 73,591 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, takes third with 54,865. Only one car, the Dacia Sandero, in France’s top ten last year wasn’t from France, but even then, Dacia is Renault-owned.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen takes first and third place in Germany, with the Golf having sold 129,514 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Mercedes-Benz C-Class sold less than half this number; 54,544, while the Passat follows just behind on 54,317. PSA-owned Opel Astra and Corsa – fifth and tenth with 65,197 and 55196 sales – were the only non-German-owned cars in the top ten last year.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece, with 4135 cars sold, compared to the second-place Opel Corsa’s 2760 units sold. Third goes to the Fiat Panda; 2594 have found Greek homes since January 1st.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it’s made there –  the model sold 6285 units there in 2016. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 3820 down in second place, and the Opel Astra has sold 3160.

Ireland: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016, and grew by a staggering 11,323% over 2015, and remains at the top for 2017, having sold 4869 units so far. The Volkswagen Golf, meanwhile, sold 4357, and the Nissan Qashqai completes the top three, with 4124 sales.

Italy: Fiat Panda

Nationalism wins, once again – the Fiat Panda is the best-selling car in Italy so far this year, with 113,087 finding homes – the best-selling car in any single market. The Lancia Ypsilon was second, with a comparatively piddly 48,776. The Fiat 500, having shifted 48,318, was a close third. It was a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in Italy last year, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.

Latvia: Nissan Qashqai

Another win for Nissan – the Qashqai claims a small victory so far this year, with 625 sold overall. The Volkswagen Golf came in second, having sold 490 units, while the third-place Kia Sportage sold 454.

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 has sold 2574 so far, while the Skoda Octavia is the second best-seller, on 723. The Fiat 500X sneaks a third with 682.

Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf

It’s another douze points for the Volkswagen Group from Luxembourg; the Volkswagen Golf took top spot, while the Tiguantook second and the Audi A3 third. Sales were 1282, 1169 and 852 respectively.

Netherlands: Renault Clio

It’s all change for the Dutch! The Volkswagen Golf has been ousted from its top spot and out of the top three altogether – the Renault Clio, Opel Karl (Vauxhall Viva to you and I), and Volkswagen Uphave usurped it, with 8671, 8065 and 8010 sales.

Norway: Volkswagen Golf

Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf is the best-selling car in Norway so far this year, with 8323 sold. The BMW i3 was in second place, but has sold less than half the Golf’s Norwegian total, at 3749. The Passat remains in third place, at 3640.

Poland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place; the Octavia taking 14,002 and Fabia taking 13,472 sales in the country. Opel’s Astra is third, on 11,784.

Portugal: Renault Clio

French superminis find more homes than anything else in Portugal, as the Renault Clio has sold 10,246 as the country’s best-seller and the Peugeot 208 sold 5922, while the Renault Mégane has sold 5068.

Romania: Dacia Logan

Dacia took its home market by storm last year, and continues to do so. The Logan and Duster make up the top two, with the former finding homes in 12,491 garages, and the latter parked in 4801. The Sandero takes fourth place, and Skoda Octavia slips in at third in the Romanian market, with 2931.

Slovakia: Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Octavia takes its first pole position in Slovakia, while its little brother, the Fabia, isn’t far behind. The Octavia has been bought by 3944 Slovakians, and the Fabia has been bought by 3894. The Rapid, in third place, has sold 2880.

Slovenia: Renault Clio

The Renault Clio slips to second in the Slovenian market, with 2766 sales ensuring its lead over the Volkswagen Golf, which sold 2482. First place goes to the Peugeot 3008, though, with 3828 sales. The Clio is due to be built in Slovenia in facelifted form, which should help it maintain its competitive sales there.

Spain: Seat Ibiza

What’s Spanish for ‘quelle surprise’? The Seat Ibiza and Leon take gold and silver in Spain, with 27,623 and 26,403 finding a place in the sun last year, and the Opel Corsa’s 21,920 sales give it third place. Surprisingly, though, the rest of the top ten is a healthy mix. Introductions of the Ateca and Arona SUVs could make Seat’s footprint in Spain larger, though.

Sweden: Volvo S90/V90

There was uproar last year when the Volkswagen Golf took the lead in Sweden’s car market from Volvo, but three Volvos combined took second: the S80, V70 and XC70. Volvo is back on top now with the XC60 in pole position on 19,109, followed by the S90 and V90, with 16,226 sales. The Golf is pushed down into third place; 13,375 leaves it well below the Swedes’ scores.

Switzerland: Skoda Octavia

With no native carmakers of any large volume, the Swiss buy the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Tiguan more than any other cars. 7294 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 6236 and 4513 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

UK: Ford Fiesta

The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 75,814 this year so far. 57,526 Ford Focus and 57,018 Volkswagen Golf sales cement second and third places for the best-seller regulars. You can find the rest of the best-seller list here.

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