Number of licensed cars in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 and 2018
(in millions)
Number of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2018
The United Kingdom is home to some 32.5 million passenger cars. After slowly increasing over the past years, figures reached their peak in 2018, with UK roads busier than ever before. The only noticeable decline – apart from 2014 when the source changed – was seen in 2009 during the recession.
The South East has the greatest motor vehicle density of any UK region. 5.21 million cars were licensed there by the end of 2018.

Most common car models

The Ford Fiesta is the most ubiquitous car model on British roads. By the end of 2018, there were some 1.5 million models of the U.S. produced car registered in the UK. The greatest number of cars in the country are small compact cars, like the Fiesta. The only SUV model among the first ten entries is Nissan Qashqai, which is manufactured at the Japanese company’s Sunderland, North East plant.

Number of cars owned

The majority of car owners in the UK have one car available to them. As of 2018, 53 percent of motorists had one vehicle in their household. Only one percent of respondents owned five cars or more.
Number of licensed cars in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 and 2018
(in millions)
Number of cars in millions
201832.5
201732.2
201631.8
201531.2
2014*30.5
201330.9
201230.5
201130.4
201030.3
200930.1
200830.3
200730.2
200629.9
200529.8
200429.4
200329
200228.5
200127.8
200027.2
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Data prior to 2014 published by British Car Auctions (BCA). From 2014 onwards, all data from the Department for Transport (UK).

Number of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2018
The United Kingdom is home to some 32.5 million passenger cars. After slowly increasing over the past years, figures reached their peak in 2018, with UK roads busier than ever before. The only noticeable decline – apart from 2014 when the source changed – was seen in 2009 during the recession.
The South East has the greatest motor vehicle density of any UK region. 5.21 million cars were licensed there by the end of 2018.

Most common car models

The Ford Fiesta is the most ubiquitous car model on British roads. By the end of 2018, there were some 1.5 million models of the U.S. produced car registered in the UK. The greatest number of cars in the country are small compact cars, like the Fiesta. The only SUV model among the first ten entries is Nissan Qashqai, which is manufactured at the Japanese company’s Sunderland, North East plant.

Number of cars owned

The majority of car owners in the UK have one car available to them. As of 2018, 53 percent of motorists had one vehicle in their household. Only one percent of respondents owned five cars or more.
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