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What are the most popular British car brands?

There are a multitude of car makes and models from manufacturers all around the world. From the Japanese brands, renowned for their reliability, to the German brands synonymous with quality engineering and luxury – the automotive market is fiercely competitive because of the wide choice available to buyers.

Britain is home to many mass-produced car brands, ranging from the mid-market makes like Vauxhall and Mini, to the ultra-luxury brands such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. But what are the most popular

brands British car brands and what makes them all unique?


Vauxhall is one of the most prevalent British car brands on the road in the UK and has been for over a century. Vauxhall cars are mass-market with a wide range of models from small hatchbacks to SUVs and crossovers. Some of the most popular models include the Corsa, which is the cheapest and smallest model, and the Astra which is a very versatile hatchback. Newer models like the Mokka and Grandland X have further diversified Vauxhall’s range – offering stylish compact SUV and adventure SUV options. Vauxhall is actually the most popular British car brand by new car registrations per year, with over 95,000 new Vauxhall registrations in the UK in 2020.



MINI is THE iconic British car brand. Now owned by German company BMW, MINI’s British heritage has and continues to play a large part in its branding. The brand has long been known for its flagship MINI hatchback, but now sells a range of compact cars, including the Clubman and Countryman which offer more space. MINI is the third most popular British car brand by new car registrations in the UK, with over 46,000 new registrations in 2020.


Land Rover

Land Rover is an upmarket brand famous for its premium 4x4, off-road and SUV vehicles. Land Rover is perhaps the most recognisable British car brand on the road, with its striking and powerful design. The brand is segmented into 3 families – Range Rover, Defender and Discovery. Each family has its own purpose and allure, suitable for the different needs of upmarket clients. Land Rover is the second most popular British car brand by new car registration in the UK, with nearly 60,000 new models in 2020.

Other Notable Brands

The three brands above are the most popular mass-market British car brands, but there are a number of other brands that are more exclusive. Ultra-luxury brands like Rolls-Royce and Bentley are world-renowned for their exclusivity and luxury brands like Jaguar and Aston Martin are not too far behind in terms of rarity. These are all evidence that British car brands are some of the finest in the world and rightfully are at the pinnacle of the automotive market.


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