Northern Ireland's favourite cars - and what you could have bought instead

Here in Drive, we regularly report on the best-seller charts in Northern Ireland, the Republic and beyond. It generally makes for predictable reading - but what if you wanted something a little less, well, common? William Scholes assesses the real top 10 and suggests alternatives for each model

William Scholes
04 May, 2016 01:00

SO far, 2016 has started well for Northern Ireland motor traders, with first quarter registrations up by 2.8 per cent compared to last year.

In March, registrations were up by 5.3 per cent on the same month in 2015, according to industry trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

A total of 18,807 new cars were registered between the start of January and the end of March. The 10 best sellers account for a quarter of all sales.

A total of 754 Ford Fiestas were registered between January and March, comfortably ahead of the second-placed Hyundai Tucson's 582.

It was just one ahead of the Volkswagen Golf's 581 registrations.

Half of the top 10 are crossovers, a category of car which didn't really exist until relatively recently.

The popularity of the Tucson, Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar, Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Mokka underline the reality that the crossover trend is still gathering momentum

04 May, 2016 01:00 Motors