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Coronavirus: Top 10 used car models Brits are buying during the pandemic

Kalila Sangster
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UK used car sales halved to just over 1 million in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand. Photo: Getty
UK used car sales halved to just over 1 million in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand. Photo: Getty

The Ford (F) Fiesta is the most popular used car model Brits are buying during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 41,778 Ford Fiestas found new owners in the second quarter of 2020, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The Volkswagen (VOW.DE) Golf took second place, with 37,608 sold, followed by the Ford Focus (35,852), Vauxhall (UG.PA) Corsa (35,976), and Vauxhall Astra (31,408).

UK used car sales halved to just over 1 million in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand.

Demand for pre-owned battery electric vehicles fell by 30%, with 2,288 units sold, after seeing growth of 45% in the first quarter of 2020.

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The number of plug-in hybrids sold in Q2 dropped by 56%, with just 3,249 changing hands.

Sales of petrol and diesel car transactions both declined by 49%, although combined they still accounted for 98% of transactions.

“Superminis” remained the most popular models, with the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo all featuring on the list of the top 10 used car models bought during the pandemic. Some 316,570 pre-owned superminis changed hands in Q2.

Rotterdam, Netherands - August 9, 2014: Motor car Ford Fiesta is parked at the city street.
The Ford Fiesta is the UK's most popular used car model Brits are buying during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Getty

Black was the most popular colour choice for used cars in the second quarter with 227,660 units sold, closely followed by silver/aluminium, blue, grey and white.

In the first six months of the year, used car sales were down by 29%, with 2.89 million units changing hands. More than 85% of the 1.16 million sales lost so far in 2020 were felt in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “As devastating as these figures are, with full lockdown measures in place for the whole of April and May, they are not surprising.

“As the UK starts to get back on the move again and dealerships continue to re-open, we expect to see more activity return to the market, particularly as many people see cars as a safe and reliable way to travel during the pandemic.

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“However, if we’re to re-energise sales and the fleet renewal needed to drive environmental gains, support will be needed for the broader economy in order to bolster business and consumer confidence.”

The top 10 used car models Brits are buying during the pandemic:

  1. Ford Fiesta

  2. Volkswagen Golf

  3. Ford Focus

  4. Vauxhall Corsa

  5. Vauxhall Astra

  6. BMW 3 Series

  7. MINI

  8. Volkswagen Polo

  9. Audi A3

  10. Mercedes C Class