Perusing the list of the best-selling cars in the UK is always an interesting starting point when looking for your next new car. Buying a car that is popular with the rest of the motoring public means that you should have little trouble selling it on down the line and there should also be plenty of service centres around to make maintenance and servicing less of a hassle.

What the list doesn’t tell you though is which models within each range to go for, knowing that the Vauxhall Corsa is a very popular car on sale in the UK is of little help if you buy a model that does not highlight its virtues.

To avoid being saddled with a poverty-spec model or an over-priced depreciation magnet we have taken an in-depth look at the top 10 most popular cars in the first quarter of 2018 and assessed which trim combinations are the ones to go for.