November was a strong month for car registration numbers, with 156,625 cars registered (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). This was 9.5% higher than a year earlier, indicating growth in the Irish car market. Among the 156,625 cars registered, five stood out as the most popular. Read about the most popular vehicles in Ireland in November 2023 here.
With 4,298 registrations, the Ford Puma was the most registered new car in November. The SUV crossover has morphed from its coupe predecessor to combine practicality and performance into a reliable ride. With large boot space and a slick design, the Puma is a strong option in the SUV market. Reasonably priced between £25,000 and £33,000, the Puma is competitive against its rivals, both on the road and in the showroom. Apple CarPlay and an infotainment system is present in all specs, and although the look doesn’t quite match that of rivals, the Puma ticks the box of technology. Reduced back seat space combined with a less comfortable ride than competitors raise some questions about the quality of the Puma. Nevertheless, this model sold the most in November and is set to become the best-selling car of 2023 in the UK.
Just falling short of the Puma in registrations, 4,185 vs 4,298, was the new Corsa a fantastic option for small families. A new front-end design changes the look and feel of the Corsa, moving it closer to the family market and further strengthening the brand. With a trim and budget for everyone, the Corsa provides for all customers. With prices ranging from £19,000 to £28,000, the Corsa is another affordable option for those looking for a comfortable, reliable vehicle. If you are looking to reduce your environmental footprint, the latest Corsa E can be a great option, too. Prices start from £35,000, a considerable financial outlay but one that is worth it.
One of the most popular cars of the last ten years and winner of numerous car awards, the Nissan Qashqai has dominated the family SUV space, and its inclusion in this list is no surprise, with 4,116 new Qashqais registered in November. The epitome of practicality, the Qashqai is a leader in safety, with a comfortable ride and plenty of space for passengers. With a large boot and a new slick exterior the Qashqai has a a truly modern feel. The latest Qashqai comes with electric charging, providing a route into the sustainable market for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
The classic Mini Hatchback is still a popular seller, with 3,528 registrations in November. Even with a new wave of Minis set to hit our roads in 2024, the Hatchback has retained its selling power, perhaps leaning on its iconic status and look. An excellent option for those in inner cities, the Mini is small and compact, allowing you to navigate the major cities with ease. The Mini has a great blend of old and new, keeping its typical look whilst adding modern technology and an infotainment system to propel the hatchback into the modern age. Prices start from £22,000, a large sum for what is a reasonably rigid ride and a weaker hatchback option compared to rivals. Nevertheless, the Mini is iconic, and that alone is worth the price.
Another Ford vehicle, the Kuga, was responsible for 3,302 registrations, the fifth highest in November. Another SUV to add to the list, the Kuga is a plug-in hybrid with plenty of space for families. A standard car, the Kuga doesn’t excite but does provide a reliable, well-built ride. With reasonable room for passengers, the Kuga lacks boot space, perhaps limiting its case against the Qashqai in this list. With prices ranging from £33,000 to £38,000, the Kuga is an expensive option and perhaps one to avoid if you are on a tight budget. Regardless, 3,302 customers felt the Kuga was the car for them in November.
The Ford Puma and Kuga, showcasing Ford’s enduring appeal, have demonstrated their prowess in both style and functionality. Meanwhile, the Nissan Qashqai continues to captivate with its blend of comfort and innovation. The Vauxhall Corsa remains a favourite for its efficiency and practicality, appealing to a wide audience. Lastly, the Mini, with its iconic design and urban agility, maintains its position as a beloved choice for those seeking a unique driving experience. This month’s sales figures not only reflect the evolving tastes of Irish consumers but also highlight the dynamic nature of the automotive industry.