These are the Swedes’ favourite car models

Yes, the most popular car is a Volvo. But that's not all.

These are the Swedes' favourite car models
The Volvo V60 was the most popular car in Sweden in 2019. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

A total of 355,704 new cars were registered in 2019, said Swedish automakers' association Bil Sweden – making it the third top year for new cars in the organization's history.

But this year the figure is expected to drop to around 330,000 new cars, as Sweden's economy slows down.


Heavy trucks weighing more than 16 tonnes had a record-breaking year, with 6,641 such vehicles registered in 2019.

It was also a good year for electric cars, with sales of pure electric cars and plugin hybrids growing by 39 percent.

Electric cars and plugin hybrids made up 11.4 percent of all new cars registered in 2019, up from 8.2 percent in 2018. Bil Sweden predicts the share will increase to 30 percent in 2020, 40 percent next year – and 80 percent in 2030 as the market for environmentally-friendly cars keeps growing.

The most popular car models in Sweden in 2019:

1. Volvo S/V60 (23,179 new registered cars)

2. Volvo S/V90 (14,714)

3. VW Golf (14,221)

4. Volvo XC60 (13,091)

5. VW Tiguan (11,655)

6. VW Passat (8,907)

7. Kia Niro (7,887)

8. Volvo XC40 (7,593)

9. Kia Ceed (6,242)

10. Nissan Qashqai (6,213)

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Everything you need to know about Sweden’s fuel bonus

Sweden's fuel bonus, referred to by the government as a "fuel compensation", will be paid out to all car owners in Sweden. But how will it work, and how much money can car owners get?

Everything you need to know about Sweden's fuel bonus

What is the fuel bonus?

The new fuel bonus is designed to compensate drivers for the rising prices of fuel in Sweden caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It will be complemented by a number of other measures such as temporarily lowered taxes on fuel between June and October 2022 and a pause in renewable energy requirements for fossil fuels for 2023.

Who is eligible, and how much money will be available?

As a rule, those registered as owning or leasing a car in Sweden will receive 1000 kronor. This will only be awarded once per person, so if you have more than one car, you will still only get 1000 kronor.

Residents of some areas which the government has identified as particularly reliant on car transport will be awarded an additional 500 kronor on top of the 1000 kronor bonus. The full list of these areas is available here.

How do I get the bonus?

The details of the bonus have not yet been confirmed, but the government have said that they expect it will be paid out automatically.

When will it be available?

Again, there are no clear details on when exactly the bonus will be in car owners’ bank accounts, but the government is aiming for payments to go out in August.

Will I still get the bonus if I lease a car or have an electric car?

Yes. The bonus will be paid out to anyone owning or leasing a car in Sweden, regardless of how the car is powered.

If you have a company car registered in your name, you will receive the bonus. If the car is registered under the company’s name, you won’t be able to receive the fuel bonus.

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