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BMW 1 Series and Toyota Aygo top Britain’s fastest sellers list

The BMW 1 Series went down a storm with Brits as it was snapped up faster than any other second-hand car, according to new figures from Auto Trader.

The second-hand car website said the 2012 1 Series hatchback with a petrol engine and automatic gearbox took an average of 19 days to sell and had an average price of £12,999 in August of 2016.

That bettered the second-place 2014 Toyota Aygo, which took 21 days to sell and had an average retail price of £6,713.

Third place was the Fiat 500L (the family-oriented version of the 500 supermini), which, when combined with a diesel engine and automatic, took the same time to sell as the Aygo at an average retail price of £8,024.

Crossovers are still popular among Brits, with the 2013 Nissan Qashqai hatchback petrol automatic coming in fifth place (average price £14,243) and the 2014 Nissan Qashqai diesel automatic in ninth place (£17,513).

Meanwhile the Ford Kuga sports utility vehicle scored tenth place in its petrol, manual guise, which is hardly surprising when the Kuga is ninth place when it comes to new car registrations in the UK. It averaged £17,201 and spent an average of 25 days on dealer forecourts before finding an owner.

“Crossovers continue to be highly sought after by buyers as our fastest selling car data and the SMMT’s new car registration figures confirm,” Auto Trader retailer and consumer products director Karolina Edwards-Smajda said.

She continued: “But as the UK’s top three fastest selling cars prove it’s not always easy to tell what type of car will always prove popular with consumers.

“Retailers who place data at the heart of their business will be able to glean insights as to what cars are desirable in their area and where to price them to the market to attract buyers, and these insights can supplement a retailer’s own expertise and knowledge.”

The data also looked at fastest sellers from a regional perspective. In the east of England, the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport diesel automatic took 26 days to sell, while the 2015 Nissan Juke hatchback diesel automatic came out top in the east Midlands, at 22 days.

As for London, the top spat was occupied by the 2012 Ford Galaxy MPV diesel automatic, which shifted within an average of 10 days. Only Scotland’s love of the 2015 Hyundai ix35 estate diesel manual came close in terms of time, taking an average of 14 days to sell.

Auto Trader generated the data using its i-Control tracker, which looks at vartious metrics of used car sales and is said to use a combination of daily guide prices from 4.500 dealer websites and more than half a million adverts on the Auto Trader website.

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