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Kia's Sportage remains Auto Trader's fastest selling used car

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage secured back-to-back success as Auto Trader’s fastest selling used car by securing the top spot once again in September.

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Following speedy sales throughout 2016, which secured it the fastest seller accolade for the entire year, the Korean SUV took an average of just 15 days to sell last month, according to the online classifieds specialist.

The most popular iteration with used buyers was the 2015 petrol-powered version with a manual transmission.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader retailer and consumer products director, said: “It’s great to see the Sportage take the number one spot once again this year, underlining just how popular its seven-year warranty is amongst consumers.

“Even a 2015 model still has five years remaining, offering a level of consumer confidence that many manufacturers would struggle to compete with. “

Paul Philpott, president and chief executive of Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: “We know just how fast Sportage continues to sell as a new car, how its residual value makes it a great car for owners and so to see that demand for it as a used car is undimmed comes as no great surprise – and we don’t take that fact for granted.”

The Sportage was followed closely into second and third place by the 2016 Ford Kuga (petrol automatic), and the 2015 Renault Captur (petrol manual), taking a respective 19 days to turn.

Auto Trader reported that hatchbacks dominated across the UK’s regions, taking the number one spot in 10 of the 13 regions/countries tracked.

Four of the nine regional top sellers featured diesel engines, while just two of the UK top ten were powered by the fuel.

Very little consistency was seen across the regions in terms of brand or model, however, as the list of top contenders reveals:

Edwards-Smajda added: “Looking at the national top ten, it’s hugely reassuring to see such an impressive speed of sale.

“However, looking across the UK, there are some cars taking up to 54 days to leave the forecourt. As our insight tells us time and time again, the most effective way to turn stock more quickly is using data to complement sales experience, helping dealers to make more informed decisions on pricing and choosing stock which is the most desirable in their area.”

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