Before we launch headlong into a new decade, there’s still time to take a retrospective look at the motoring scene of 2019. Here, we reveal the fastest-selling used cars on the AA website. In other words, these are the cars that spent the shortest time for sale. If you fancy one of these motors, don’t delay – phone today.
10. Volkswagen Tiguan
Predictably, the top 10 contains a fair number of SUVs. We kick off with the Volkswagen Tiguan – one of Europe’s most popular 4x4s. What makes this all the more remarkable is the fact that the Tiguan shares its platform with the cheaper – and just as good – Skoda Kodiaq and Seat Tarraco. That’s the power of the brand.
New, a Volkswagen Tiguan costs upwards of £25,000. Meanwhile, used examples on the AA website are available from £3,500. That’s based on a 2009 Tiguan 2.0 TDI Sport with 119,000 miles on the clock.
9. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling used car on the AA website, but it finishes ninth on the list of the fastest-selling used cars. The fact that it’s Britain’s most popular new car means that you can afford to be picky when searching for a used example.
Turn to the AA website and you’ll find everything from a 2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Finesse for £695 to a 2019 ST-3 for £20,699. New prices start from a smidgen under £16,000, so you’ll save a packet – not to mention a short wait – by buying used.
8. Mercedes-Benz GLA
The Mercedes-Benz GLA is an A-Class on stilts, designed for people who can’t decide between a hatchback and a compact SUV. It’s more expensive than the standard A-Class, but that hasn’t stopped it being among the fastest-selling used cars of 2019.
The earliest examples have dropped below £10,000, which might explain the increased demand. In truth, there are two available for a four-figure sum – one has 165,000 miles on the clock, the other has covered 135,000. A more realistic price is £12,500 for a 2014 car.
7. Renault Clio
The Renault Clio has been on sale since 1990, so there are plenty to choose from in the UK. The earliest examples are becoming classics in their own right, so buying a Clio II or Clio III will ensure you get the most supermini for your money.
A new Renault Clio was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Despite appearances, it represents a massive step forward over the old model. It’s too new to appear on the AA used car website, but you will find Clios from as little as £800. Be quick, because on this evidence, the best Clios won’t hang around for long.
6. Ford Kuga
The replacement for the current Ford Kuga is long overdue. Thankfully, the new Kuga arrives this year, but old models remain in demand. A combination of low running costs, a long list of standard equipment and keen pricing makes the Kuga an incredibly popular used buy.
If you’re prepared to put up with high miles and a sketchy service history, early examples start from around £3,500. That gets you a 2009 car with 156,000 miles on the clock. Alternatively, nearly-new examples cost as much as £29,000, but it should be possible to negotiate a good deal, as dealers will be keen to shift stock ahead of the new car.
5. Kia Sportage
It’s not difficult to see why the Kia Sportage is such a popular used car. Buyers love its practicality, value for money and seven-year warranty. Indeed, even a Sportage registered in 2014 will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, assuming it hasn’t covered more than 100,000 miles.
There are around 1,200 for sale on the AA used car website, with early versions available for £1,500 to £2,000. You’ll need to part with at least £5,000 for the much improved fourth-generation Sportage, or £10,000 for the current model.
4. Ford Ecosport
There’s no accounting for taste. The Ford Ecosport sits on the lowest rung of the compact crossover ladder, but that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the fastest-selling used cars of 2019. The British public must have a thing for side-hinged tailgates and oddball styling.
New, you’ll spend upwards of £18,650 on a Ford Ecosport, but used prices start from £6,750. There are 780 to choose from on the AA website, so you can afford to be picky. Alternatively, wait for the new Ford Puma, which is likely to be a far better car. We’re driving it next week…
3. BMW 116
The AA is being very specific here, because it’s the BMW 116 rather than the entire 1 Series range up next. Amazingly, prices start from £1,000, although that’s for a 2004 car with 159,000 miles on the clock. Even so, perfectly serviceable examples are available for less than £2,000.
James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars, said: “Some cars are being sold within a very short period of time after being advertised because they are very popular, or because there are fewer on the market. However, it is important not to rush into buying as it’s impossible to know if everything is in perfect working order without a pre-sale vehicle inspection.”
2. Volkswagen Polo
There’s a Volkswagen Polo to suit all pockets. From an insurance-friendly first car for £750 to a nearly-new GTI for £23,000, you’ll find a wide range of Polos for some on the AA used car website.
James Fairclough added: “If you are set on owning a certain model but you are worried it may not be in full working order, it’s definitely worth considering a pre-sale vehicle inspection from a service such as ours to give you peace of mind.”
1. Hyundai Tucson
This might come as a surprise, because the fastest-selling used car on the AA website wasn’t a hot hatch, sports car or desirable supermini. Instead, it was the venerable Hyundai Tucson. Why is it so popular?
A five-year/unlimited mileage warranty certainly helps, as does a long list of standard equipment. The Hyundai Tucson is also spacious and has a good reputation for reliability. Still want that Nissan Qashqai?