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Surging interest in the emergent crossover SUV market sector has had a heavy influence on this month’s league table of Britain’s fastest selling used cars, compiled by Glass’s. Leading the pack is the Nissan Qashqai, which is taking on average just 25.3 days to sell. It is joined in the top 10 by three products aimed at buyers with a similar taste.

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

Manufacturer Model Average selling time (days)
Nissan Qashqai 25.3
Hyundai i10 26.9
Volkswagen Bora 27.3
Audi Q3 27.5
Audi TT 28.0
Nissan Almera 28.1
Peugeot 2008 28.1
Audi A1 28.2
Ford Fiesta 28.4
Peugeot 3008 28.9

As Rupert Pontin, Chief Car Editor at Glass’s, explains: “These results not only reinforce the popularity and desirability of the Qashqai but emphasise the growing importance of crossover SUVs in the used as well as new markets.

“Peugeot’s 3008, in at number 10, appears to be one of the better kept secrets now coming out of the bag. Similar in style to the Qashqai, it’s a great family car that offers excellent value for money. At the same time, it hasn’t taken the used market long to fall in love with the fun-looking and very capable Peugeot 2008 which takes 7th spot. Peugeot has clearly embraced this sector with open arms!

“The latest figures will also be very pleasing to Audi, whose Q3, in 4th place, makes an excellent premium-badged, premium-priced alternative to the other crossover SUVs. With the TT and A1 also in the top 10, our table clearly rubber stamps the Audi brand’s current popularity and relevance. The strength of another German brand, Volkswagen, is demonstrated by the somewhat surprising rise of its Bora to number 3.”

At the ‘wrong’ end of the table, the upsurge in popularity of crossover SUVs as family cars seems likely to be behind the appearance of no fewer than four D sector products among the ten slowest sellers. Rupert Pontin is happy to see an almost complete change in the bottom 10, which is no longer dominated by Mercedes, and he notes a number of surprises.

“It’s hard to believe that the Vauxhall Cascada is the slowest seller of all, which suggests that it’s either in oversupply or it’s overpriced. Realistically, it’s probably a combination of both. Only time will tell. I’m also extremely surprised to see the Jaguar F-Type and Mini Paceman in such lowly positions. These have been very successful in the new market but perhaps buyers only want them as new cars or find that the second-hand models are overpriced.”

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

Manufacturer Model Average selling time (days)
Toyota GT86 72.8
Seat Toledo 76.7
MINI Mini Roadster 77.7
Subaru Legacy 78.9
Citroen DS5 79.5
Jaguar F-TYPE 81.2
Nissan Leaf 83.2
MINI Mini Paceman 84.0
MG MG6 90.6
Vauxhall Cascada 102.9

Much less of a surprise for Rupert is the descent of the MG6 to second-bottom place. “MG has yet to create a demand for this car in either the new or used car market and its market profile is low as far as the retail buyer is concerned. There are so few on the road that most people don’t know what they are. The situation may improve, but the trade is wary of them. Aside from those actually supported by MG, only the bravest trade buyers would stock one unless it was very cheap.”

Source: Glass’s



Posted by Sue Robinson on 25/04/2014