The UK has a big appetite for hatchbacks with eight of their top 10 best-selling cars in the first half of 2018 made up of hatchbacks. The Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf took top spots in the UK top ten charts. But what about other parts of Europe?

Here’s are the best-selling cars across Europe according to AutoCar UK as measured by market analyst JATO Dynamics:

CountryModelCountryModel
AustriaVolkswagen GolfFranceRenault Clio
BelgiumVolkswagen GolfGermanyVolkswagen Golf
CroatiaRenault ClioGreeceToyota Yaris
CzechiaSkoda OctaviaHungarySuzuki Vitara
DenmarkPeugeot 208IrelandNissan Qashqai
EstoniaSkoda OctaviaItalyFiat Panda
FinlandSkoda OctaviaLatviaVolkswagen Golf
FranceRenault ClioLithuaniaFiat 500
GermanyVolkswagen GolfLuxembourgVolkswagen Golf
GreeceToyota YarisNetherlandsVolkswagen Polo
HungarySuzuki VitaraNorwayNissan Leaf
IrelandNissan QashqaiPolandSkoda Octavia
ItalyFiat PandaPortugalRenault Clio
LatviaVolkswagen GolfRomaniaDacia Logan
BelgiumVolkswagen GolfSlovakiaSkoda Fabia
CroatiaRenault ClioSloveniaRenault Clio
CzechiaSkoda OctaviaSpainSeat Leon
DenmarkPeugeot 208SwedenVolvo S90/V90
EstoniaSkoda OctaviaSwitzerlandSkoda Octavia
FinlandSkoda OctaviaUKFord Fiesta

The Volkswagen Golf turned out to be the top pick of eight countries and it is not surprising given its versatile product offering from hatchbacks to estates and multiple powertrain options. Its stellar practicality in a compact package surely checks plenty of boxes for many.

Another noteworthy country is Norway where its most popular vehicle is the all-electric Nissan Leaf, the only European country where an EV tops the sales chart. The Norwegian government heavily incentivises its people to purchase an electrified vehicle to tackle emissions which explain how it is the only country in Europe that has an EV as their best-selling car.