The 2016 Nissan Leaf was the fastest selling used car of 2021 – Motor Trader

The 2016 Nissan Leaf (automatic) was the UK’s fastest selling used car in 2021, taking an average of just 17 days to leave forecourts.

According to the latest data from Auto Trader’s Fastest Selling Index, it marks only the second time a fully electric vehicle (EV) has topped the annual top 10 list during the seven years Auto Trader has monitored the market’s fastest sellers.

In addition to the Nissan Leaf, the top 10 included its French counterpart, the Renault Zoe (2018, automatic), which was 2019’s fastest selling used car.

Last year it took an average of just 20 days to leave forecourts, making it 2021’s seventh fastest selling used car. What’s more, two petrol-hybrids also made it onto the list: the 2016 Toyota Prius (automatic) and the 2016 Toyota Yaris (automatic), taking an average of 19 days and 20 days to sell respectively.

The data also shows an acceleration in the average time it takes for a used EV to sell. On average, a used EV in December sold in just 26 days, which is eight days faster than the average time it takes for a used petrol vehicle to sell (34) and four days faster than a used diesel (30). This is a drop of 18 days from the start of 2021, where used EVs were taking an average of 44 to sell on UK forecourts.

Auto Trader’s Commercial Product Director, Karolina Edwards-Smajda, said: “It’s incredibly positive to see a pure electric at the top of the list for 2021 for just the second time in the seven years we’ve been tracking the fastest selling used cars. There’s been a real breakthrough for EVs in the UK over the last few years, but 2021 really did mark a major step forward in terms of heightened levels of demand. This was driven, in part, by the greater choice and availability of models, as well as the recent fuel shortage which helped to further accelerate consumer consideration. Although we’re still some way off EVs being financially accessible for the mass market, our data does offer another clear sign of things to come and the exciting opportunity that electric vehicles represent for the industry.”

2021 fastest selling used cars (by days to turn):

Rank Make/Model Fuel & Transmission Auto Trader Retail Rating Predicted Days to Sell
1 2016 Nissan Leaf Electric – Automatic 99.96 17
2 2016 Toyota Prius Petrol Hybrid – Automatic 99.78 19
3 2016 Mazda CX-5 Diesel – Manual 99.83 19
4 2016 Peugeot 3008 Diesel – Automatic 98.17 19
5 2016 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Diesel – Automatic 95.46 20
6 2016 Toyota Yaris Petrol Hybrid – Automatic 99.28 20
7 2018 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.72 20
8 2016 Peugeot 308 SW Diesel – Manual 96.90 21
9 2016 Nissan Qashqai Diesel – Automatic 98.51 21
10 2016 Ford Grand C-IV Diesel – Manual 98.04 21


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