Top 10 most popular used cars in the UK

Top 10 most popular used cars in the UK
In 2023, the used car market grew by 5.1% - with 7,242,692 total transactions taking place across the UK.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) revealed that there were four straight quarters of growth last year, with 361,915 more drivers using a second-hand vehicle when compared to 2022.

Here are the most sold cars in 2023:

Top 10 used cars in 2023

Ford Fiesta308,017
Vauxhall Corsa237,705
Volkswagen Golf227,427
Ford Focus223,417
Vauxhall Astra160,736
BMW 3 Series155,100
Volkswagen Polo141,135
Nissan Qashqai20,286
Audi A3118,805

Most popular car colours in 2023

When it comes to used cars bought in the UK, there were some changes when compared to 2022.

Here are the top 10 colours for used cars bought in the UK last year:


According to the SMMT data, bucking the grey trend in the new car market, black cars were the most popular used purchases, with more than 1.5 million buyers – totalling 21.4% of all used cars sold last year.

Grey, however, increased its ranking, displacing blue to take second place.

Further analysis of the used car market saw 4,870 buyers opting for pink, while 4,686 cream cars found new owners, and maroon represented 4,585 transactions.

Most popular fuel types in 2023

Sales of used electric vehicles (EVs) rose 90.9% to a record 118,973 units in 2023.

This represents a 1.6% share of the overall used car market. This is an increase from 0.9% in 2022.

According to the SMMT data, this rise in sales is in line with growth in the new car sector

Most popular fuel type for used cars:

  1. Petrol: 4,079,555
  2. Diesel: 2,747,911
  3. Hybrid: 221,859
  4. Electric: 118,973
  5. Plug-in Hybrid: 65,837

Although there was a significant rise in the sales of EVs, diesel and petrol remain the most popular amongst used car sales.

These types of vehicles represented 6,827,466 total units sold – 94.3% of the total market.

Following the release of the data, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “A healthy new car market is key to driving choice in the used sector and it’s great to see record numbers of second and third owners benefitting from the growing availability of electric vehicles.

“The demand is there, but to sustain it we must enable every motorist to make the switch. The upcoming Budget is a prime opportunity for government to do just that – halving VAT on new EVs, while making public charging as easy and affordable as plugging in at home, would ensure a faster and fairer transition for all, giving the UK a green economic boost.”

What do you make of the SMMT data? What do you look for in a used car? Leave your comments below.

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