1. Ford Fiesta

Much like the X-Factor winner, the Ford Fiesta usually ends the year as number one. And it's easy to see why. Fun to drive, good value and a range of models to suit all budgets.

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2. Vauxhall Corsa

The new Corsa enjoyed strong sales last year thanks to a well-judged revamp and competitive pricing. It's a better drive and cheaper to run than its predecessor, so it's win-win all round.

3. Ford Focus

More joy for Ford, this time in the shape of the Focus. Stylish looks, efficient engine and fun handling explain why it's been a consistent top-seller for years.

4. Volkswagen Golf

As familiar and comfortable as your favourite pair of slippers, the VW Golf has been getting better and better since it was first manufactured in the 1970s. This newest version is the best yet, available in a range of both petrol and diesel engines.

5. Nissan Qashqai

A great family runabout that combines SUV styling with hatchback running costs, this updated model from 2013 had a stellar 2015.

6. Volkswagen Polo

Main rival to the Ford Fiesta but more grown-up, the Polo offers superior ride quality and refinement. Ideal for any type of journey and available in a wide range of efficient engines, too.

7. Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall's second entry on the list, the Astra is as familiar on British roads as wet leaves in autumn. Sales continue to remain good thanks to its family friendly features and low prices offered by Vauxhall dealers.

8. Audi A3

Audi makes it first appearance in the top 10, with the A3's upmarket features attracting buyers who are looking for a little bit more sophistication in their car. Vorsprung durch Technik indeed.

9. Mini

They say good things come in small packages and the Mini is the epitome of that. Stylish both inside and out and a great drive, it's knocked its rival, the equally retro Fiat 500, out of the top 10 to cap off a great year.

10. Vauxhall Mokka

Not named after a popular coffee variation (disappointingly), the Vauxhall Mokka makes its debut in the top 10 at the expense of the premium Mercedes C-Class. A great new 'Whisper' diesel engine and spacious interior have helped this crossover onto the list.