2021 (Germany): Top 50 Car Models Registered for Use on German Roads

At the start of 2021, the Volkswagen Golf, VW Polo, and Opel Corsa were the most common car models registered for use on public roads in Germany.

At the start of 2021, the Volkswagen Golf, VW Polo, and Opel Corsa were the most common car models registered for use on public roads in Germany.
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On January 1, 2021, the Volkswagen Golf was the most registered car model for use on public roads in Germany but the mix of the most popular cars on German roads is getting more varied with the top-ten models all declining in volume numbers. The VW Polo was the second most popular car model in Germany in 2021 followed by the Opel Corsa and Astra. The most common Mercedes-Benz model in Germany was the C-Class while the 3 Serie is the most frequently seen BMW and the A4 the top Audi.

Total Number of Cars in Germany in 2021

At the start of 2021, the total number of passenger vehicles registered for use on public roads in Germany was 48,248,548 cars — an increase of 1.1%. Volkswagen remained by far the most common car brand seen in Germany with more than a fifth of the total German car parc. Mercedes-Benz was the second most common car brand in Germany followed by Opel and Ford.

See 2021: Germany – Total Number of Registered Cars By Brand for the leading brands, market development, and composition of the German car parc.

Top 50 Car Models in Use in Germany in 2021

The 50 most common car models registered for use on public roads in Germany on January 1, 2021, according to the KBA were:

Brand and Model20212020% Change
1VW GOLF3,692,7553,728,097-0.9
2VW POLO1,468,7231,499,151-2.0
3OPEL CORSA1,175,6341,193,801-1.5
4OPEL ASTRA1,128,4821,193,338-5.4
5MERCEDES C-KLASSE1,054,6241,073,056-1.7
6BMW 3ER1,044,9101,070,649-2.4
7VW PASSAT1,004,4361,030,519-2.5
8AUDI A4, S4, RS4905,687940,444-3.7
9FORD FIESTA866,095876,200-1.2
10FORD FOCUS838,804845,262-0.8
11SKODA FABIA814,867810,4940.5
12AUDI A3, S3, RS3756,530761,011-0.6
13SKODA OCTAVIA701,685681,9422.9
14MERCEDES A-KLASSE690,883690,7930.0
15MERCEDES E-KLASSE665,060671,437-0.9
16VW TOURAN657,701662,794-0.8
17VW TIGUAN647,035604,6167.0
18BMW 1ER595,564585,6711.7
19VW TRANSPORTER571,074560,7171.8
20BMW 5ER533,648546,006-2.3
21MINI MINI503,758475,5875.9
22AUDI A6, S6, RS6473,037469,8030.7
23MERCEDES B-KLASSE459,270449,0332.3
24SEAT IBIZA419,291418,7420.1
25VW CADDY417,223400,9444.1
26SEAT LEON403,303374,2977.7
27SMART FORTWO397,726397,935-0.1
28OPEL MERIVA385,646403,909-4.5
29RENAULT CLIO381,627387,277-1.5
30TOYOTA YARIS349,747346,1331.0
31RENAULT TWINGO349,456358,370-2.5
32OPEL ZAFIRA345,972374,086-7.5
33FIAT DUCATO323,739282,28514.7
34FIAT 500318,070290,0619.7
35VW UP314,027292,3337.4
36FORD KUGA301,513279,7367.8
37HYUNDAI I 30294,453282,6054.2
38NISSAN QASHQAI269,418264,1962.0
39FORD MONDEO266,269285,303-6.7
40BMW X1258,654239,2868.1
41RENAULT MEGANE255,446272,236-6.2
42MERCEDES GLK, GLC242,907212,72514.2
43DACIA SANDERO236,931225,1185.2
44BMW X3226,914212,7156.7
45NISSAN MICRA224,446233,124-3.7
46HYUNDAI I 10224,331214,4824.6
47BMW 2ER210,039189,76310.7
48HYUNDAI I 20207,345191,9018.0
49OPEL INSIGNIA206,189204,0651.0
50FIAT PUNTO202,061223,977-9.8

Top 10 Car Models in Germany

As the German car parc reflects the sales of car sales over many years, there is no real surprise in the composition of the top ten list of the most common model plate names in use on German roads in 2021. There were no changes in the rank order compared to 2020 but although the total number of cars in Germany increased slightly, all of the top ten models had fewer volumes in 2021 than a year ago.

The Volkswagen Golf has been the top-selling car model in Germany for 40 years, so it is also the most common car in use. At the start of 2021, there were 3,692,755 Golfs registered for use in Germany — more than the combined total of any brands other than VW, Mercedes-Benz, and Opel. In 2020, only 136,324 Golfs were sold in German while 204,550 were sold in 2019.

Despite selling weakly in recent months, the VW Polo remained the second most seen car in Germany. It was comfortably ahead of the Opel Corsa and Opel Astra. In contrast to the Corsa, Astra sales were dismal in recent years — a new model is expected by the end of 2021. While the difference between the Corsa and Astra was only around 500 cars a year ago, the gap has grown to nearly 50,000.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series are the leading so-called premium models — the lead of the C-Class increased from around 2.500 cars a year ago to 10,000. The VW Passat was the only other car model with over a million cars on German roads in 2021.

The number of Audi A4s declined by 3.7% — only the Opel Astra performed worse among the top ten car models in Germany in 2021.

The Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus rounded out the top ten — despite weak sales in recent years, these two models generally outperformed the other top ten models.

Favorite Cars in Germany

A few further interesting models from the KBA statistics:

  • The Skoda Fabia was the highest-ranked car at 11th to increase the actual number of cars in use in Germany in 2021. The Fabia was also the most common foreign car nameplate in use in Germany.
  • The only model rank change amongst the top 20 cars was the Skoda Octavia moving ahead of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
  • The top foreign car model from a brand without a German ownership or manufacturing link was the Renault Clio at 29th followed by the Toyota Yaris at 30th.
  • The most common Porsche model in Germany was the 911 with 129,608 (+4.2%) at 83rd. The VW Jetta at 71,669 (-9.5%) at 138th is a more exclusive choice.

German Car Sales Statistics — 2022: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric; 2021: Market, Brands, Models, Electric; 2020: Market, Brands, Models, Electric; 2019: Market, Brands, Models, Electric