January 16, 2019 at 12:51 PM
German manufacturing has become synonymous with exceptional build quality, usage of superior quality materials and superb engineering that typically results in higher resale values on the used market.
Although many German manufacturers have outsourced production of some of their models to factories as far away as India and Mexico, the same level of quality remains in all their cars.
With a range of models from German manufacturers present on UK roads, we've compiled a list of the most popular German cars driven in Britain.
The Volkswagen Golf has been the second most popular new car model in the UK for the past two years thanks to its practical design, compact size and class-leading interior. It comes with a range of engine options including frugal petrol and diesel variants which are complemented by the efficient e-Golf and performance driven Golf R.
With a consistently high number of sales in the new market, the used market is heavily populated by Golf models that are only a few years old, but much more affordable than their brand new equivalents. 2019 will see the introduction of the next generation Golf when the new Mk8 version is released.
The Golf is a versatile model that appeals to many drivers and is able to cater to all of their needs. It makes a safe and reliable first car while also having enough space to be family-friendly.
BMW 1 SERIES
Launched in the UK in 2004, the BMW 1 Series was designed to rival the Audi A3 which dominated the compact car class alongside the Volkswagen Golf and Volvo C30.
The 1 Series is the smallest car in the BMW line-up and represents the cheapest way into BMW ownership from new - although it is around £5,000 more expensive than some of its key rivals. Therefore, owning a 1 Series as opposed to a Ford Focus is a statement.
Despite the added cost, us Brits are willing to pay more for a superior driving experience in a car that is built with higher quality materials making each journey feel more luxurious and comfortable.
The 2015 World Car of the Year award winner is squarely aimed at drivers looking for premium executive cars. Needless to say, it is very well-equipped inside, especially because it's designed to be consistently driven on long journeys.
It comes packed with driver assist features that are specifically aimed at making motorway cruising safer and less strenuous. The impressive and practical interior space uses high quality and visually appealing materials.
Due to the increase of finance deals and more manageable monthly payments, the C-Class was actually the sixth most popular used car in 2018 with low mileage versions from 2015 available for less than £13,000.
AUDI A3 SPORTBACK
The Audi A3 Sportback is a hatchback that can do it all with something for everyone whether you're looking for a spacious cabin, sharp styling or class-leading build quality.
It's available with a range of engines including the e-tron plug-in hybrid which claims to return up to 176.6mpg, and the 2.5-litre five-cylinder, four-wheel drive RS3.
The A3 Sportback is largely more popular than the smaller three-door A3 model because of the extra space it offers including a boot which boasts 380-litres of space - a figure that is up with the best in class.
Similar to its larger sibling, the Golf, the Volkswagen Polo was one of the ten most popular new car models on sale in 2018. It was recently redesigned and grew in every direction to provide more space, especially for passengers in the back.
As you would expect, the Polo provides a cheaper alternative to the Golf but is still built with the same smart styling, frugal engines and high quality interior.
Its smaller size makes it a more viable option as a first car or city runaround; due to its popularity on the new market, there are plenty of used versions that can be picked up for less than £10,000.
Redesigned for 2018, the fourth-generation A-Class now features a sharper and sportier design than its main rivals (BMW 1 Series and Audi A3) as well as its predecessor. It finished the year as the eighth most popular new car in the market.
Similarly, it was the tenth most popular used car purchased by UK buyers. This classy compact hatchback has serious badge appeal to complement its sleek design and economical engines.
With the introduction of the newest version, third-generation A-Class models with low mileage that are only three years old can be picked up for around half the price of a new one which starts at nearly £23,000.
BMW 3 SERIES
The BMW 3 Series is possibly the most popular model in the line-up because it is one of the most competent all-rounders on the market providing a dynamic driving experience.
Although it's typically aimed at executive drivers, the huge variety of engines make this car attractive to a large range of buyers whether they consistently drive long distances or want something stylish to complete the school run.
The interior is practical with an abundance of small storage spaces throughout the cabin which is built using high quality materials for a more comfortable and superior journey every time.
If you're looking for a well-designed and beautifully made cabin, the Audi A4 easily has one of the best in its class. On the outside, the sharp styling and revised features have made the car significantly more aerodynamic.
These changes, combined with weight reduction, has reduced fuel consumption so that you can expect figures up to 58.9mpg. Similarly, the 2.0-litre petrol engine only produces 109g/km of CO2 so you could be paying as little as £20 for road tax if you find a car registered before 1st April 2017.
The A4 is an excellent example of a comfortable and spacious family saloon with enough room to transport five adults that is a class above its key competitors - BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE.
Although technically not a German car, the MINI hatchback is built by BMW and shares the company's reputation for build quality and smart design.
The upmarket supermini finished 2018 as the seventh most popular new car proving its consistency as a favourite model with British car buyers.
Its popularity can be linked to the sense of nostalgia it brings for a beloved British car of the past and a great choice of models in the present. The entry level version is economical and cheap to insure, while the MINI Cooper S is fast enough to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTI.