THE Ford Fiesta overtook the Vauxhall Corsa to become the nation’s favourite used car in 2010, according to Experian.
New analysis from the global information services company revealed that 285,962 used Fiestas were sold in the UK last year, compared to 278,169 sales of the Vauxhall hatchback.
Although overall volumes were lower than in 2009, a deceleration in sales of over 13,000 used Vauxhall Corsas (278,169 sold in 2010) – the front runner in 2009 – left the Fiesta in pole position.
The only other change to the top ten was the Renault Clio (166,559) moving ahead of the Ford Mondeo (164,904) to take seventh place.
Joe Myers, automotive general manager at Experian, said: ‘Experian’s analysis shows that affordable smaller vehicles continue to be the most appealing to motorists shopping in the used car market.
‘The success of the supermini segment can be put down to increased consumer interest at the value end of the market and greater demand for more fuel efficient vehicles over recent years.’
Experian’s data also revealed that the Mazda MX-5 outsold the Audi TT to become 2010’s best selling used sports car; while Toyota’s Prius was the best selling duel fuel model, capturing more than half (55 per cent) of hybrid sales.
A surprising entry which topped the mini segment was the Chevrolet Matiz with 14,125 sales, while the BMW 7 Series was the most popular luxury car with 6,839 sales, the Vauxhall Astra the best-selling lower medium car shifting 271,412, the Land Rover Freelander with 51,374 the most popular dual purpose/4×4, and the Mercedes C-Class with 61,533 sales was the best-selling executive car of 2010.