Here are Europe’s most popular cars, divided by country image

In case you didn’t know, there are only a handful of extremely popular models that hog the top position of sales charts around the world every year – but let’s keep it confined for now and look at just the Old Continent.

European Union countries have different cultures and languages, but you may find it surprising that many of their top choices revolve around the same models. Market analysis firm JATO Dynamics has the details on what Europeans love – and we’ll give you a guess for the car that’s the most popular among many consumers – yes, you’re right, the eternal compact car, the Volkswagen Golf. For example, the German model that’s labeled as the quintessential compact is the top selling vehicle in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Other very popular vehicles include the architecture sibling from Skoda – the Octavia – in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Poland or Switzerland.

Then there’s the Nissan Qashqai for top billing in Croatia and Latvia, an interesting thing for a crossover – or the Renault Clio, a logical popular choice at home in France, but also getting the prize in Portugal and Slovenia. Naturally, there are national pride choices: Italy with Fiat Panda, Romania with Dacia Logan, Spain with the Seat Leon and the UK with the Ford Fiesta (it’s not indigenous, but it has been adopted years ago). The odd choices include: Denmark with the Peugeot 208, Greece with the Toyota Yaris, Hungary with the Suzuki Vitara, Ireland with another crossover – Hyundai Tucson, Lithuania with the Fiat 500, Serbia with the Fiat 500L and Slovakia with the Skoda Fabia.

Via Autocar