Auto Trader reveals the top ten most popular used cars last month.

Online car sales platform Auto Trader has revealed its top ten list of fastest selling used cars for February. Japanese car maker Toyota had a successful month, with its Prius and Yaris models securing the top two spots respectively. Volkswagen’s Passat estate completed the top three.

According to Auto Trader this is the second consecutive month an alternatively-fuelled vehicle has been included in the top three. To illustrate this trend, BMW’s i3 was the UK’s third fastest selling used car in January. This is consistent with wider industry trends that indicate alternatively-fuelled vehicles are gaining popularity in both the used and the new car market.

And while Ford only managed to reach the ninth spot on the national top 10 list (with a 2014 Ford Focus Estate), the car maker dominated across the regions, taking the top spot in London, East England, East Midlands, North West, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Furthermore, variations of the company’s Fiesta were the top three fastest selling cars in the London: 2015 petrol manual models took an average of just 24 days to leave the forecourt, followed by 2013 diesel manual (26) and 2013 petrol manual examples (27).

Auto Trader also identified two interesting trends with the top ten performers; nine of the cars that made the national list carried 2014 badges (as many fleet cars are sold on after three years, as well as those returning from PCP deals), while seven were equipped with automatic transmissions.

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Commenting on the top 10, Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader's retailer & consumer products director, said: “The fact a hybrid has taken the top spot is a clear reflection of the wider industry trend. As we’ve seen over the last few months alternatively fueled vehicles are continuing to increase their market share in both the used and new car markets, something which is supported by the SMMT. As greater penalties are placed on diesel cars, it will be interesting to see just what impact it will have.”

Auto Trader’s February top 10 fastest selling used cars:

  1. 2014 Toyota Prius
  2. 2014 Toyota Yaris
  3. 2014 Volkswagen Passat Estate
  4. 2014 Kia Sportage
  5. 2014 BMW X1
  6. 2014 Mazda CX-5
  7. 2016 Vauxhall Corsa
  8. 2014 Peugeot 3008
  9. 2014 Ford Focus Estate
  10. 2014 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Source: Auto Trader

Auto Trader's most popular used cars