Britain’s most popular used car revealed

Britain’s most popular used car revealed
The Ford Fiesta looks to be on track for yet another year of domination in the UK used car stakes.

In the second quarter of the year, the evergreen supermini was the subject of 83,222 transactions across the country – in a period which saw an overall dip in second-hand car sales.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta the most popular used car in Britain

Figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) show the April to June period saw a year-on-year decline in sales of 13.5%.


Usually rivalled most competitively by Ford’s own Focus model, the Fiesta has made a habit of topping the used car sales charts, regularly landing the accolade of best seller.

In quarter two this time around, its closest challengers came in the form of the Focus on 74,477 sales, and the Vauxhall Corsa with 72,341 to its name.

In fact the only mover on a familiar-looking list was the Mini hatchback, which rose from ninth to seventh, in spite of a 6,000 dip in sales to 32,914.

The figures reflect a declining marketplace in which Fiesta sales themselves were down 20,000 on the January to March quarter.

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Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “With used car sales closely mirroring what we see in the new car market, last quarter’s decline comes as no surprise – and with demand easing over recent months, this could offer motorists the opportunity to get some great deals.”

New car sales were reported as significantly down in April, thought to be a result of buyers getting in early and beating the oncoming rise in VED which kicked in on April 1.

In May, the Fiesta was beaten to the top of the best-selling new car charts for the first time since 2014, as the Volkswagen Golf marginally pipped it to first place.

The Fiesta factory in Cologne makes a new Fiesta every 68 seconds, and can build about 20,000 different variations of it in total.

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