Alternatively-fuelled vehicles are doing well on the second-hand market.

These days more than 70 percent of used car buyers are considering an electric car when it comes to their next purchase.

Battery-powered vehicles are so popular these days in fact that the Nissan Leaf – the best selling electric car in the world – recently topped the list of fastest-selling used cars in the UK.

Nissan Leaf – £9,795

The list, published by used car marketplace Auto Trader, covers all kinds of cars. The Leaf came out best taking just 17 days on average to find a new owner, beating the 2016 Mazda CX-5 in diesel manual guise, the 2016 Kia Sorento SUV Diesel Automatic, the 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate Petrol Manual, the 2016 Smart forfour Hatchback Petrol Automatic, and the 2016 Peugeot 108 Convertible Petrol Automatic, all of which took an average of 18 days to sell.

As well as the Leaf topping the national chart, alternatively-fuelled cars did well regionally too. In London, 2016 and 2015 variants of the electric-hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander, both automatics, were second and fourth fastest to sell in that area, taking 10 and 14 days to sell respectively. In the South East, the 2018 Toyota C-HR electric hybrid was the tenth fastest selling car, taking an average of 24 days to sell.

2017 Toyota C-HR

"An all-electric vehicle making it to the very top of the UK’s fastest selling is really quite significant, and reflects the trends we’re seeing elsewhere. Not only are there record rates of adoption of AFVs in both the new and used car market, but research for our latest Market Report showed that nearly three quarters of car buyers are considering an EV for their next purchase. Mass adoption is a way off yet, but there is clearly a growing shift in perception which will offer huge opportunities for the industry," said Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s Director of Commercial Products.

"Diesel remains an excellent choice for many drivers, however it looks as though the writing is on the wall for the much-maligned fuel type. It’s shown great resilience, but with the ongoing negative rhetoric surrounding the fuel debate, coupled with high-profile schemes to cut emissions in major cities, such as London’s new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), it’s future remains uncertain."

Fastest Selling Cars in UK March 2019

The UK’s Top 10 Fastest Selling Used Cars in March 2019

Rank

 

Make/Model

 

Average
Days to sell

 

Average
Price Position

 

Average
Retail Price

 

1

 

2014 Nissan Leaf Hatchback Electric Automatic

 

17

 

99.32%

 

£10,550

 

2

 

2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV Diesel Manual

 

18

 

98.37%

 

£15,186

 

3

 

2016 Kia Sorento SUV Diesel Automatic

 

18

 

98.87%

 

£23,050

 

4

 

2016 Skoda Octavia Estate Petrol Manual

 

18

 

98.19%

 

£13,437

 

5

 

2016 Smart forfour Hatchback Petrol Automatic

 

18

 

101.25%

 

£8,264

 

6

 

2016 Peugeot 108 Convertible Petrol Automatic

 

18

 

98.48%

 

£7,140

 

7

 

2016 Vauxhall Mokka Hatchback Petrol Automatic

 

19

 

98.72%

 

£10,959

 

8

 

2016 Vauxhall Zafira MPV Petrol Manual

 

19

 

100.84%

 

£10,289

 

9

 

2016 Peugeot 208 Hatchback Petrol Automatic

 

19

 

98.57%

 

£9,554

 

10

 

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV Diesel Automatic

 

20

 

99.70%

 

£26,947