THE 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class in diesel manual took first place as the UK’s fastest selling used car in September, taking an average of just 15 days to race off forecourts.
It wasn’t the only top 10 placing for the iconic German brand last month. The 2016 A-Class, also in diesel and manual, was the sixth fastest to sell, taking an average of 20 days to turn, and the 2016 GLA Class diesel manual was ninth, also taking 20 days to sell.
The UK’s Top 10 Fastest Selling Used Cars in September 2018:
|Average Days to Sell||Average Retail Price|
|1||Mercedes-Benz GLA||2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class SUV Diesel Manual||15||£17,132|
|2||Citroen Berlingo Multispace||2015 Citroen Berlingo Multispace Estate Diesel Manual||16||£10,097|
|3||Vauxhall Insignia||2012 Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Petrol Manual||19||£4,874|
|4||Peugeot 3008||2014 Peugeot 3008 Hatchback Diesel Automatic||19||£9,220|
|5||Mazda CX-5||2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV Diesel Manual||19||£16,955|
|6||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||2016 Mercedes-Benz A Class Hatchback Diesel Manual||20||£16,044|
|7||Audi Q5||2016 Audi Q5 SUV Diesel Automatic||20||£28,142|
|8||Vauxhall Antara||2015 Vauxhall Antara SUV Diesel Manual||20||£9,451|
|9||Mercedes-Benz GLA||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class SUV Diesel Manual||20||£18,212|
|10||Hyundai i800||2017 Hyundai i800 MPV Diesel Automatic||20||£15,974|
Despite the ongoing demonisation of diesel, and the dramatic fall in new car registrations in September, within the second-hand market, it remains a highly desirable option amongst consumers.
As well as taking first and second place on the national top 10, diesels topped the list in 10 of the 13 UK regions and countries tracked:
- Yorkshire (2016 Mercedes-Benz A Class diesel manual – 16 days)
- West Midlands (2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class diesel manual – 20 days)
- Wales (2017 Nissan Qashqai diesel manual – 19 days)
- South (2015 Hyundai ix35 diesel manual – 14 days)
- Scotland (2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class diesel manual – 12 days)
- Northern Ireland (2017 Nissan X-Trail diesel manual – 31 days)
- North West (2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class diesel manual -7 days)
- North East (2015 Nissan Juke – diesel manual 16 days)
- East Midlands (2016 Ford Kuga diesel manual – 17 days)
- East England (2016 Kia Sportage diesel manual – 21 days).
In terms of model type, SUVs are still the star of the show and with such models from a variety of marques topping the list in East England (2016 Kia Sportage SUV diesel manual at 21 days), East Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales (2017 Nissan Qashqai diesel manual at 19 days).
Auto Trader’s director of commercial products Karolina Edwards-Smajda said: ‘With the autumn and winter months closing in, it’s no surprise to see that SUVs are topping the list as most popular. More surprising perhaps, given the huge decline in the new market, is the ongoing resilience of used diesels.
‘As we’ve seen elsewhere on our marketplace, they’re also retaining their value. That’s because for many motorists they are simply the best option available – particularly those that drive long distances and are looking for the efficiency that only a diesel can offer.
‘Knowing which cars will prove popular is key to identifying future sales opportunities. Retailers using data management solutions to complement their own expertise are not only able to determine which cars are the most desirable in their area, but also make informed decisions on how to price them based on the live retail market, helping them to sell more cars, more quickly and for more profit.’