World Best Selling Compact Cars 2023. The Top 25 Ranking

The 2023 Toyota Corolla
The 2023 Toyota Corolla

World Best Selling Compact Cars ranking in  2023. Toyota Corolla is the leader for the 25th year in a row selling over the double of the closer challengers, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.


Looking at the global ranking for compact cars, autos with a size around 4.5 meters in sedan or hatch body, we keep celebrating the success of the model leading this segment since over 25 years.

In 2023, the Toyota Corolla was again the Queen of the segment with 1.1 million sales (+0.1%). Produced in Japan since 1966, the Corolla has been the best-selling nameplate in the World for 25 years and is also the best-selling car in all history, with over 60 million units sold so far.

In second place there was the Honda Civic with 468.573 (+13.6%). Launched in 1972, it is actually at the 11th generation (since 2021), available as both sedan and liftback. The last generation is the only Civic not to offer a coupe version since the second generation because of its declining sales.

In third position there was the Hyundai Elantra with 323.973 sales  (+8.3%), followed by the Volkswagen Golf with 289.722 (-3.8%), the Volkswagen Sagitar with 285.050 (+26.4%), and the GAC Aion S -up 15 spots- with 220.904 (+91.0%).

The Audi A3 with 219.468 registrations maintains the seventh place (+5.8%) ahead of Lada Granta with 197.603 (+93.4%), the Maruti Baleno with 193.989 and in 10th place the Honda City with 168.458 (-20.6%).

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for the top 25 models.

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