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According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 2015 was one of the best years for the car industry since 2005 and it looks like 2016 is set to follow suit. In March 2016, 518,707 new cars were registered in the UK for the first time, the highest figure since 1999. But what were the best sellers?

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts list the top 10 best selling cars in Britain for the first quarter of the 2016 based on the statistics from SMMT.

1. Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has been the UK’s best-selling car since 2008 so its no big surprise that it was the best-selling car for the first quarter of 2016. With its attractive exterior style, comfortable interior cabin, low running costs and decent engines, the Fiesta is one of the best small cars on the market, giving rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa a run for their money.

2. Vauxhall Corsa

Following closely behind is the Vauxhall Corsa. The Vauxhall Corsa’s spacious and well equipped interior and the powerful engine range make it hard to compete when it comes to comfort, practicality and performance. 

3. Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is a family hatchback with many fans in the UK. The latest model had a facelift in 2014 and the new version looks better than ever. However, it is under the bonnet where the Ford Focus truly excels with a strong range of petrol and diesel engines.

4. Volkswagen Golf 

The Volkswagen Golf has been in the market for seven generations and looks set to continue its success as one of the UK's most popular cars. Great looking and with its high-quality interior and strong diesel and petrol engines, the latest generation Golf is better than ever, making it a popular choice with buyers and leasers alike.

5. Nissan Qashqai

The popular Nissan Qashqai holds the 5th place in the best-seller list and its not hard to see why. Wiht its handsome good looks, practical interior cabin and high-tech equipment, the Nissan Qashqai offers a great driving experience without breaking the bank.

6. Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is great choice for those that are looking for practicality, low running costs and the quality of the German brand. You can check all the Volkswagen Polo range here

7. Vauxhall Astra

Another great choice in the small family hatchback class is the Vauxhall Astra. The brand new Vauxhall Astra is a great value for money thanks to its efficient engines, comfortable drive and amazing technology equipment. 

8. Audi A3

The Audi A3 is in the 8th place on the list of Britain’s best selling cars. With a classy, elegant style, the Audi A3 attracts attention on the road and offers a premium feeling thanks to the high quality interior materials, safety and technology equipment. 

9. Vauxhall Mokka

The Vauxhall Mokka is not only one of Vauxhall's most popular cars but is one of Britain’s most popular vehicles. Key ingredients of Vauxhall Mokka’s success are its spacious interior cabin and high levels of equipment, even on the standard models.

10. Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 came to life to satisfy the fashionistas. Thanks to its retro style, Twinair engine and fun-to-drive dynamics, its no surprise that the Fiat 500 took the 10th and final place on the list on the best-selling cars for the first quarter of 2016.

To find out more information about any of the above models, follow the above links.