The Ford Fiesta overtook the Vauxhall Corsa to become the nation’s favourite used car in 2010 with 285,962 used units sold.
The new analysis from Experian, the information services company, shows that although overall volumes were lower than in 2009, a deceleration in sales of over 13,000 used Vauxhall Corsa’s (278,169 sold in 2010) – the front runner in 2009 – left the Fiesta in pole position.
The only other change to the top 10 was the Renault Clio (166,559 units) moving ahead of the Ford Mondeo (164,904 units) to take seventh place.
Interestingly, the top 10 best selling used car models sold fewer units in 2010 than they did in 2009, excluding the Ford Focus which increased its total from 248,021 units to 259,355 units.
Joe Myers, automotive general manager at Experian, said: “Experian’s analysis shows that affordable smaller vehicles continue to be the most appealing to motorists shopping in the used car market.
“The success of the supermini segment can be put down to increased consumer interest at the value end of the market and greater demand for more fuel efficient vehicles over recent years.”
Experian’s data also reveals that the Mazda MX-5 outsold the Audi TT to become 2010’s best selling used sports car; while Toyota’s Prius was the best selling duel fuel model, capturing more than half (55%) of hybrid sales.