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Can you guess the nation’s favourite used cars?

Fri, 10/03/2017
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Can you guess the nation’s favourite used cars?

What car do you drive? Do you enjoy driving it, or are you looking to change it for something else? Perhaps a list of the nation’s favourite used car will provide a little inspiration.

Rob Hull, The Mail Online, reports:

More used cars were bought by drivers in the UK in 2016 than any other year on record, new figures have shown.

A massive 8.2 million second-hand vehicles found new homes in the previous calendar year - an increase of 7.3 per cent on 2015 figures.

Headlining the stats was a leap in SUV sales and a growing appetite for second-hand diesels, even in light of the VW emissions-cheating scandal.  But can you guess which car models were most popular last year? 

1. Ford Fiesta381,519
2. Ford Focus374,590
3. Vauxhall Corsa352,899
4. Vauxhall Astra298,540
5. Volkswagen Golf262,623
6. BMW 3 Series211,656
7. Renault Clio178,684
8. Volkswagen Polo154,855
9. Mini143,066
10. Peugeot 206126,176

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed that 8,2000,084 used cars changed hands in 2016.

That backed up the record number of new car registered in the same period, which neared the 2.7-million mark by the close of December.

The motor industry representative said the stats behind the record sales mirrored that of new consumer tastes, with smaller cars being the main thrust of the increase in trading.

Superminis continued to be the best-selling body type accounting for more than a third of all used car sales. It's smaller sibling sector - city cars - grew by 11.5 per cent in the same year.

Unsurprisingly, with the raft of new crossovers coming to the market, the biggest rise came in the SUV sector. Sales were up by almost 17 per cent - it means that 8.3 per cent of all used cars bought are sports utility vehicles.

While the increasing popularity of SUVs came as no surprise, the growing appetite for diesel cars did. Despite VW's diesel emissions scandal ringing in the ears of buyers for the entirety of 2016, sales of the fuel type increased by 11.1 per cent.

More people looked to buy alternative fuelled vehicles (AFVs) in 2016, too - with a 32.5 per cent growth in the sales of used hybrid and electric models.

Petrol cars are still the most bought on the used market, with 4.6 million finding new homes last year - though it lost 1.5 per cent of its market share to the other two fuel types.  

The South East was by far the most active region for second-hand car purchases, leading the North West and East in official figures released on Wednesday

Regionally, 14.9 per cent of all used cars were traded in the South East, followed by the North West where more than one in 10 of the UK’s used cars were sold (10.4 per cent), and the East with 9.8 per cent market share.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said: 'On the back of a record 2016 for UK new car registrations, it’s further good news that our used car market is in such good health. 

'Strong demand is testament to the quality, reliability and appeal of cars on sale today, with used buyers enjoying more choice, more low emission, safety and connected technology than ever. 

'Providing economic conditions remain stable and interest rates low, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see growth in this sector continue in 2017.' 

Would you choose a Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus over what you’re currently driving? With Ford and Vauxhall taking the top spots, perhaps it’s time to arrange a test drive?

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