Seven-seat cars sell quickest in back-to-school rush

Seat Alhambra is the UK's fastest-selling car in August

The MPV may have fallen from fashion, but that didn’t stop the Seat Alhambra becoming the fastest-selling second-hand car last month. Perhaps reflecting back-to-school demand, the 2016 model-year seven-seat MPV took just 23 days to sell on average.

The seven-seat trend is confirmed by second and third places on Auto Trader’s Fastest Selling Index, occupied by the 2017 and 2016 versions of the Volkswagen Sharan. They typically sell in 25 and 26 days respectively.

It’s not just MPVs that perform well, though. Auto Trader says SUVs also sell quicker than smaller hatchback cars. 

Seat Alhambra is the UK's fastest-selling car in August

That said, although large cars like the Alhambra were the fastest-selling at a national level, it was the Volkswagen Polo and Mercedes-Benz A-Class that sold quickest in the regions. The Polo came top in the North East, Northern Ireland, West Midlands, London and Wales. The A-Class was most in-demand in Scotland and the South West. 

Back at national level, fourth-place on the fastest-selling list is the electric 2016 Renault Zoe, which took just 27 days to sell on average. Last month, the Zoe ranked in fourth and fifth, which shows that the market for used electric cars is hotting up.

Fastest-selling cars

“Due to a growing array of exceptional macro-economic influences, the market is constantly shifting – supply, demand and price are all changing by the day,” said Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of commercial products. 

“We strongly believe that to succeed within this challenging environment retailers need to be agile and able to adapt their forecourt strategy quickly.”

The UK’s fastest-selling cars in August

Seat Alhambra is the UK's fastest-selling car in August

RankMake / modelFuel & transmissionAuto Trader Retail RatingPredicted days to sell
12016 SEAT AlhambraDiesel – Automatic99.9823
22017 Volkswagen SharanDiesel – Automatic99.9325
32016 Volkswagen SharanDiesel – Automatic99.4926
42016 Renault ZoeElectric – Automatic99.5227
52016 Ford Grand C-MaxDiesel – Automatic99.5227
62015 Dacia Sandero StepwayPetrol – Manual99.5529
72016 Land Rover Discovery SportDiesel – Automatic99.5129
82018 Citroen Grand C4 PicassoDiesel – Automatic99.4530
92015 Volkswagen PoloPetrol – Manual99.6531
102017 Volkswagen TouaregDiesel – Automatic99.4333