Number of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019

The United Kingdom was home to almost 33 million passenger cars in 2019. UK roads are increasingly becoming busier since experiencing the most significant decline in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis. 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 this model 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 2019

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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

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