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Latest Glass’s used car top 10 shows return of seasonal trends for 4x4s

The firm’s latest data shows that the Audi Q3 was the fastest selling car, with an average of 33.5 days on Britain’s forecourts, followed in second place by the Jeep Patriot at 36.2 days, then Jeep’s Grand Cherokee at 36.7 days. Seven out of the 10 top sellers were also 4x4s.

Rupert Pontin, chief car editor at Glass’s, commented: ‘At the end of last year all patterns were showing that the seasonality of 4x4s is a thing of the past – however this huge boost in sales over the last month is an indication that weather does can have a short-term impact. At a time when widespread storms were forecast and there was concern over the Polar Vortex coming across the Atlantic and bringing snowy conditions, people were running for the nearest 4×4.

‘There are three Audi’s in the top 10 which isn’t a surprise, they are really popular cars, and in particular the A1 is in quite short supply – though demand is strong for most models in the Audi range.

‘It’s also interesting to see two small cars in the quickest sellers. There is a definite continued trend towards more economic, cost-effective cars and this is evident in the new car market as well.’

Glass’s league of fastest selling used cars – best performing

Manufacturer

Model

Average selling time (days)

Audi

Q3

33.5

Jeep

Patriot

36.2

Jeep

Grand Cherokee

36.7

Land Rover

Discovery 4

36.9

Land Rover

Range Rover Evoque

37.7

Audi

A1

37.8

Volkswagen

Sharan

38.6

Audi

Q5

38.9

Ford

Kuga

39.2

Peugeot

208

40.1

Moving to the worst performers, Mercedes-Benz R-Class took the bottom spot for the second month running, with an average of 136.3 days to sell. It was beaten by Ford Streetka at 114.9 days and the Nissan Leaf at 104.2 days.

Pontin continued: ‘With two Mercedes cars still in the bottom 10 sellers, we seem to be seeing a volume issue and this looks set to continue.

‘I’m really surprised to see the very competent Chevrolet Aveo in the slowest seller list – could this be due to over-supply or news in the press that Chevrolet is withdrawing from the UK market?

‘Another unexpected visitor in the slowest sellers is the Renault Espace. These have historically been very popular and are in short supply. It could be because the size of the car is becoming less appealing even though running costs for the car are quite sensible.’

Glass’s league of fastest selling used cars – worst performing

Manufacturer

Model

Average selling time (days)

Fiat

Doblo

80.1

Chevrolet

Aveo

80.6

Mercedes-Benz

SL-Class

82.5

Mitsubishi

ASX

82.9

Volkswagen

Golf

86.9

Subaru

Outback

94.2

Renault

Espace

95.7

Nissan

Leaf

104.2

Ford

Streetka

114.9

Mercedes-Benz

R-Class

136.3

 

 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.