Best-selling cars in Europe in 2022

Best-selling cars in Europe in 2022



Peugeot 208 retains the top spot as electric and plug-in hybrid registrations increase market share

New car registrations in Europe fell 13% year on year in May, as 15 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK recorded double-digit declines in growth. 

Registrations across 27 European markets dropped to 935,854, which is 13% lower than May 2021, figures from market analyst Jato Dynamics have revealed.

Year to date, new registrations dropped to 4,482,46. Jato said it was the second-lowest May result since 1985, just behind 2020, which was severely hampered by the covid-19 pandemic. 

JATO attributed the drop in May to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Electric vehicle production, which has sustained promising levels of growth in previous months, has been impacted by the supply crisis, the analytics firm claimed.

“The EV boom continues, but it seems that the industry has reached a peak in terms of what it can supply in the current climate,” said Filipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO Dynamics. 

EV and PHEV registrations rose by 3.6% from May 2021 to 179,000 vehicles, while EV market share increased from 16.2% to 19.2%. 

JATO said that the overall sales rankings for May were hit by reduced vehicle availability, with shortages meaning some brands are currently producing more cars than others are physically able to. 

“Due to ongoing shortages, availability is having a significant impact on the composition of the rankings and brands that are producing more vehicles are seeing this reflected in their sales performance,” Munoz said. 

Hyundai-Kia retained a high market share, claiming 10.1% of the total market. The company sold 94,800 units in May, representing a 10% rise compared to 2021, thanks to the continued success of the Hyundai Tucson. 

“It’s remarkable to see Hyundai-Kia secure such an impressive result while other OEMs are struggling to absorb the combined impact of surging inflation, the geopolitical situation in Ukraine, and an ongoing chip shortage,” Munoz added.

The Peugeot 208, meanwhile, was Europe’s best seller for the second consecutive month. The small hatchback achieved 15% growth year-on-year, shifting 18,254 cars across the continent. 

It was followed by the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (18,166) and the Fiat 500 (17,790), while the Volkswagen T-Roc (16,671) and the Volkswagen Golf (14,937) rounded out the top five. 

The top 10 best-selling models in Europe are listed below. 

*The best-selling cars in Europe in 2022*

*1 Peugeot 208,  18,245, +15%*

The Peugeot 208 retained the top spot in May with 18,254 sales. Its popularity is no doubt helped by extensive revisions in line with Peugeot's new design language. Its versatility and affordable price remain attractive, as it's offered with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains. 

*2 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, 18,166, +16%*

The revamped Opel/Vauxhall Corsa had a successful 2021, finishing as the UK’s best-selling car. Its performance is continuing as we approach the halfway point of 2022, no doubt in part due to its PSA-developed underpinnings and mix of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains. 

*3 Fiat 500, 17,790, +1%*

The Fiat 500 has been on sale since 2007, and it’s unlikely to be dropped any time soon. The model recently gained an electric variant with battery sizes up to 44kWh. Range is pegged at 199 miles, but mild-hybrid and petrol models remain on sale if electric isn’t your bag. 

*4 Volkswagen T-Roc, 16,971, 0%*

Volkswagen sold 16,971 examples of the T-Roc in January. That’s almost equal to this time last year. The small crossover has been around since 2017, and its popularity reflects its versatile mix of petrol and diesel powertrains, as well as the recent introduction of a performance-oriented flagship R model.

*5 Volkswagen Golf, 14,937, -35%*

Now well into its eighth generation, the Volkswagen Golf continues to contend as one of the top-selling cars in Europe. May wasn’t so positive for the model, with a year-on-year drop of 35%, but it was still enough to see the hatchback finish in fifth place.  Its latest line-up features pure-ICE, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with performance models ranging from the Golf GTE to the four-wheel drive Golf R. 

*6 Hyundai Tucson, 13,883, 0%*

The Hyundai Tucson regularly appeared in the top 10 last year, following an overhaul which introduced a new, imposing design language and electrified powertrains. It continues to state its claim to be one of the best-selling SUVs on the continent, with 13,883 units sold in May this year. 

*7 Fiat Panda, 13,806, +16%*

Almost a decade years on from its launch, the third-generation FIat Panda continues to perform. May proved positive for the popular model, with 16% growth year-on-year. That’s good enough to move up to seventh place, up three places from last month’s tenth place finish. 

*8 Ford Kuga, 13,762, +47%*

The Ford Kuga achieved the biggest growth figure for May, with a 47% increase year-on-year and a total of 13,762 cars sold. The model is the American firm’s entry into a crowded segment currently led by the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008. It was updated in 2020, with a softened design, a more spacious interior and economical plug-in powertrains. 

*9 Ford Puma, 12,601, -5%*

The Ford Puma’s driving dynamics and attractive pricing are key draws for owners, and it's looking to carry on last year’s success. Despite a slight drop year-on-year, the model continues its consistent performance with 13,418 units sold. The range has swollen recently with the addition of a plush Vignale trim and a warm-blooded ST version. 

*10 Toyota Yaris, 12,448, -28%*

The Yaris supermini is as popular as ever in its fourth generation, but it was heavily hit in May with a sales drop of 28% year-on-year. It is, however, still Toyota’s most successful and biggest-selling model in Europe, and for good reason. Its GR performance variant, meanwhile, is one of the best cars we tested last year.

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