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Diesel, Petrol And Electric In Top Three Fastest Sellers

Good news if you have a three-year-old SEAT Alhambra MPV diesel/automatic on your forecourt as the chances are it will fly off faster than just about anything else in stock other than it’s VW sister model, the Sharan, or in a surprise twist, the Renault Zoe EV.

All three feature at the top of the first Auto Trader Fastest-Selling Index published this week. This shows that, if priced to the live retail market, the public has a strong appetite for the bigger people carriers with the MPVs and a 2015 Zoe taking an average of just 24 days.

Trying to predict a fuel type favourite though is next to impossible as all three fuel sources – diesel, petrol and electric – feature in the very easiest to sell with the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (petrol/manual) needing just one day longer to sell on average although the fact that another EV, this time a 2016 Zoe, also only needs 25 days is indicative of a shift in buyer behaviour.

 A Shift in Buyer Behaviour

Not so good though if you have a nearly new, 2019 Nissan Micra which may stick around for the next five months….

Auto Trader number-crunched its dataset and to deliver a retail rating of 1-100. This metric is based on analysis of more than 1.9 million vehicles each day, including 90,000 vehicle updates and an average of 19,000 vehicles added or removed from Auto Trader, plus forecourt information.

Across the 12 regions and countries tracked by the Index, there was an even split of six diesel and six petrol cars identified to be the current fastest to sell. However, in terms of marque, there was a clear winner: Ford was revealed as the potential fastest in six regions: West Midlands (2016 Ford Kuga – diesel, automatic – 28 days), South West (2016 Ford Grand C-Max – diesel, automatic – 28 days), Scotland (2016 Ford Grand C-Max – diesel, automatic – 28 days).

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, said:

“Whether influenced by supply, consumer demand or a host of other macro-economic factors, the retail market is in constant flux. As a result, we wanted to evolve our previous fastest-selling analysis away from a retrospective view of the market, to an immediate one – rather than revealing what was desirable last month, we want to identify what’s selling fastest today. Because of the unrivalled scale of our data, we can arm retailers with the most accurate view of the live retail market to help them locate the most profitable opportunities for their forecourts.”

Current Fastest-selling Used Cars (by days to turn) – As Of August 28:


Make / model Fuel & transmission Auto Trader Retail Rating Predicted days to sell
2016 Seat Alhambra Diesel – Automatic 99.75 24
2016 Volkswagen Sharan Diesel – Automatic 99.67 24
2015 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.31 24
2016 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.7 26
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Petrol – Manual 98.78 26
2017 Volkswagen Sharan Diesel – Automatic 99.39 27
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class Diesel – Automatic 98.67 27
2015 Peugeot 2008 Diesel – Automatic 99.55 28
2016 Mercedes-Benz A Class Diesel – Automatic 99.02 29
2015 Citroen DS3 Petrol – Automatic 99.14 33
        Current slowest-selling used cars (by days to turn) – as of 28th August 2019:
Make / model Fuel & transmission Auto Trader Retail Rating Predicted days to sell
2019 Nissan Micra Diesel – Manual 1.76 150
2018 Citroen C4 Picasso Petrol – Manual 1.92 150
2019 Volkswagen Golf Electric – Manual 1.44 149
2019 SEAT Tarraco Petrol – Automatic 1.64 147
2019 Audi A8 Diesel – Automatic 1.85 147
2019 Jeep Compass Diesel – Manual 1.96 147
2019 SEAT Tarraco Diesel – Automatic 1.87 143
2019 Peugeot 508 Diesel – Manual 1.97 142
2019 SEAT Tarraco Diesel – Manual 1.93 138
2019 Maserati Ghibli Diesel – Automatic 1.93 137

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