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Fastest Selling Index | SUVs still on top as Mazda CX-5 revealed as UK’s current fastest selling used car

  • 2016 Mazda CX-5 current fastest selling used car according to Auto Trader’s live market data
  • SUVs dominate the list making up 90% of the national top 10
  • Average used vehicle price tracking 6.6% up in August

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 (diesel manual) is currently the UK’s fastest selling used car, taking an average of just 26 days to turn on UK forecourts.

Data from Auto Trader’s Fastest Selling Index, which live tracks the potential speed at which vehicles will sell based on live supply and demand in the market, showed that demand for SUVs remained extremely strong, making up nine of August’s  top ten fastest selling used cars. Joining the CX-5 on the list is  last month’s fastest selling car, the Peugeot 2008 (2014 diesel automatic – 26 days), as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA (2019 petrol manual – 30 days), the Mitsubishi Outlander (2013 diesel manual – 30 days), the Dacia Sandero Stepway (2015 petrol manual – 31 days), and the Kia Sorento (2014 diesel automatic – 27 days), the younger generation of which took home the Best Car for Towing award at this year’s Auto Trader  New Car Awards.

Whilst SUVs continue to reign supreme, data from Auto Trader’s Market Insight tool, which is available for free to all of Auto Trader’s retail partners via their Portal account, shows that demand for all body types is up significantly year-on-year, indicating that the pent-up demand seen in the weeks following lockdown remains strong.

Days to turn and consumer demand are two key indicators of the used car market’s health and with both showing positive movements it paints an encouraging picture for the industry. Consumer demand, as measured by audience to Auto Trader’s marketplace was up 28.6% year-on-year with visits averaging over 2.1million cross platform visits a day, and average days to turn has come down. These metrics coupled with the ongoing average price increases we’re observing for used cars, act as a further indicator of a resilient market. Analysis shows a 4.6% year-on-year increase in used car prices in July with prices in August currently tracking at 6.6% higher than the same period last year[1].

Commenting on the Index, Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, Karolina Edwards-Smajda, said: “We’re seeing solid demand across most body types, but the star of the show continues to be SUVs where demand is up by 43.6% year-on-year according to data from our Market Insight tool. This strong consumer appetite, along with the continued rise in used car prices and the record audience we are seeing on Auto Trader, is a strong indicator that the market will remain buoyant in the coming months.

“Whilst the market is currently recording very strong used car sales few retailers can afford to be complacent. Retailers should capitalise on the huge demand by utilising the most up- to-date data to help make decisions on stock and price, especially at a time where sourcing stock is a challenge, to ensure their forecourts are tailored to their local market.”

Current fastest selling used cars (by days to turn) – as of 27th August 2020:

Rank

Make / model

Fuel & transmission

Auto Trader Retail Rating

Predicted days to sell

1

2016 Mazda CX-5

Diesel - Manual

99.39

26

2

2014 Peugeot 2008

Diesel - Automatic

98.86

26

3

2014 Kia Sorento

Diesel - Manual

99.79

27

4

2016 Mazda CX-5

Diesel - Automatic

99.69

29

5

2014 Kia Sorento

Diesel - Automatic

99.22

29

6

2013 Vauxhall Zafira

Diesel - Manual

98.57

29

7

2015 Peugeot 2008

Diesel - Automatic

98.04

29

8

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

Diesel - Manual

98.85

30

9

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Petrol - Manual

98.06

30

10

2015 Dacia Sandero Stepway

Petrol - Manual

97.62

31

 

Current slowest selling used cars (by days to turn) – as of 27th August 2020:

Rank

Make / model

Fuel & transmission

Auto Trader Retail Rating

Predicted days to sell

1

2020 Maserati Levante

Petrol - Automatic

3.02

150

2

2020 Audi A4

Petrol - Manual

3.25

150

3

2020 Audi A4

Diesel - Automatic

2.67

149

4

2020 Volkswagen Passat

Petrol Plugin Hybrid – Automatic

2.91

149

5

2020 Lexus IS300

Petrol hybrid – Automatic

3.02

148

6

2019 Kia XCeed

Diesel - Manual

2.62

147

7

2020 Audi S4

Diesel - Automatic

3.26

146

8

2019 Kia XCeed

Petrol - Manual

2.74

146

9

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Diesel Plugin Hybrid - Automatic

2.91

139

10

2020 Volkswagen Golf

Petrol Plugin Hybrid - Automatic

3.09

139

Fastest Selling Index

- ENDS-

About Auto Trader’s Retail Rating

The average days to turn is determined using Auto Trader’s unique Retail Rating metric, which utilising the latest pricing data, as well as supply and demand dynamics, provides an indication of how likely the vehicle will sell if priced according to the live retail market. This is represented by a numerical value out of 100.

Retail Rating is based on analysis of over 1.9 million vehicles each day, including 90,000 vehicle updates and an average of 19,000 vehicles added or removed from Auto Trader. Coupled with data from circa 450,000 daily trade used car listings, as well as additional dealer forecourt and website data, it’s the industry’s largest and most robust dataset.

About Auto Trader

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland's largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK's vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 100 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% consumer prompted brand awareness and attracts circa 50 million monthly cross platform visits each month, with over 80% of visits coming through mobile devices.

For more information, please visit https://plc.autotrader.co.uk/who-we-are/about-us/

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[1] 17th August – 23rd August 2020 vs 17th August – 23rd August 2019 (inclusive).

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