Today marks the first day of the 202 registration plate in Ireland. It has been an unexpected difficult start to the year for the motor industry in Ireland with the impact of the Coronavirus on the Irish economy now well documented. However, cars are still being sold and dealerships have been open since the middle of May for sales, repairs and service with new hygiene measures in place.

We have already looked at the new models on sale Ireland in 2020 from every car manufacturer in this article. But what about Ireland’s bestselling cars? Now that we are halfway through the year it feels like a good idea to recap on the most popular models on sale in 2020. Check out our list below of the top 10 bestselling cars so far in 2020!

10. Volkswagen Golf

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

Available from €23,950

2020 units sold: 1,160

The perennial Volkswagen Golf has long been a bestseller in Ireland but has slipped down the rankings so far this year.  It still finds itself in the top 10 and a new generation of the Golf should boost the car’s fortunes once again. Generation 8 of the classic German hatchback has just arrived in dealers and boasts some impressive new digital technology in the interior and mild hybrid engines for the first time.

9. Nissan Qashqai

Available from €27,700

2020 units sold: 1,214

The Qashqai is a former number one bestseller in Ireland. This is the car that started the crossover revolution and is a hugely popular family car in Ireland, both on the new and used market. The second generation of the car continued the brand’s success and is available with petrol and diesel engines.

8. Toyota Yaris

The popular Toyota Yaris is also available as a hybrid
The popular Toyota Yaris is also available as a hybrid

Available from €15,950

2020 units sold: 1,251

The popular supermini is a consistent top 10 bestseller in Ireland for the Japanese brand, known for straight forward motoring and reliability. The Yaris is available with small efficient petrol and hybrid powertrains.

7. Toyota C-HR

Available from €30,620

2020 units sold: 1,268

The C-HR turned out to be an immediate success in Ireland when it launched here in 2017. A revamped version arrived in Ireland at the end of 2019 with tweaked styling and a new more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain joining the frugal 1.8-litre hybrid in the range. Avant garde looks make it one of the best looking mid size crossovers on Irish roads.

6. Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia blends affordability with practical features
The Skoda Octavia blends affordability with practical features

Available from €24,340

2020 units sold: 1,420

The Octavia’s popularity shows no signs of abating. Even with the imminent arrival of a new model, the Octavia has retained strong sales. The Octavia’s blend of good value pricing and practical features have really struck a chord with Irish buyers.

5. Hyundai Kona

Available from €21,495

2020 units sold: 1,444

Another bestseller for Hyundai, the Kona’s popularity just keeps growing. Ireland’s favourite compact crossover is now available with petrol and diesel engines, hybrid and electric meaning there really is something for everyone in the Kona range. Throw in striking looks and a fun to drive quality and you have one of the most desirable small crossovers on Irish roads.

4. Ford Focus

The new Ford Focus
The Ford Focus continues to sell well in Ireland

Available from €23,539

2020 units sold: 1,594

A new generation of the Focus debuted in Ireland in summer 2018 with improved interior, equipment and technology. The Focus is a great value family hatchback that’s comfortable and fun to drive. It retains a strong position within Ireland’s top 5 bestselling cars.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is now more popular in Ireland than the iconic Golf hatchback!
The Volkswagen Tiguan is now more popular in Ireland than the iconic Golf hatchback!

Available from €31,750

2020 units sold: 1,793

The latest generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been a huge success in Ireland since it was launched in 2016 and now outsells the Golf. The mid size family SUV boasts a high quality practical interior and a range of well proven petrol and diesel engines.

2. Hyundai Tucson

The new Hyundai Tucson N Line
The new Hyundai Tucson N Line

Available from €27,495

2020 units sold: 1,997

Ireland’s most popular SUV. The blend of affordability along with cool chunky SUV looks has been a winner for the Hyundai brand in Ireland. Mild hybrid technology is new to the range for 2020 and there is also a new sporty N Line.

1. Toyota Corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla
The 2020 Toyota Corolla

Available from €26,390

2020 units sold: 2,497

Toyota scored a hat trick in 2019 with the arrival of three exciting new Corolla models –  a hatchback, estate and saloon. The new Corolla quickly became Ireland’s bestselling car and continues that trend in 2020. This new generation of the Corolla impresses for its much improved interior and dynamic ability, while fuel sipping hybrid powertrains strike the right note too. In 2020 there is a new GR Sport trim level and a more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available for the first time.

Check out the latest 202 offers from all the brands to get the best deal on your next car.

To read reviews of all the latest models check out our extensive Car Reviews, divided up into categories for your convenience!