Tesla Model 3 tops EV charts

New research has revealed that the Tesla Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle in the UK last year.

According to millions of searches on the cinch website, it topped a poll of EVs and hybrid models, ahead of the Toyota C-HR, Nissan Leaf, VW Golf and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Also in the top 10 were the Hyundai IONIQ, Toyota Yaris, BMW 3 Series, Kia Niro and Toyota Corolla.

Meanwhile, the most popular used car models last year were the Ford Fiesta, VW Golf, Ford Focus, Mercedes A-Class, and BMW 1 Series.

Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch, said: “We’ve unpacked millions of searches to reveal UK car buyers’ most-wanted car models, brands, colours and features of the year. The now-discontinued Ford Fiesta proved to be an evergreen choice for UK motorists, clinching the title of most-popular car for a second consecutive year.

“In the EV/hybrid used car market, Tesla’s Model 3 came out on top. And the overall most popular brand on cinch was Audi – jumping up from fourth spot in 2022 to clinch the crown.”