Safety-conscious Scots covet Volvo as top used car

The Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 has been revealed as the fastest-selling used car in Scotland

The Volvo V40 – well known for its safety credentials – is the fastest-selling used car in Scotland, according to the publishers of motor trade title Glass’s Guide.
The vehicle has been one of the quickest models off the forecourt over the last month, says Glass’s, whose data shows the Volvo V40 is taking an average of just 15 days to sell – at an average price and age of £14,967 and 21 months respectively.
Nationally, however, the overall bestseller is the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback – taking 27.2 days to sell at a price of £6,327 and an average of 40.5 months old.
Rupert Pontin, Glass’s head of valuations, said: “The V40 is Volvo’s competitor in the Golf class and offers something a little more distinctive and appealing. With its Swedish heritage and the promise that it will keep going in any weather, you can see its appeal to buyers in Scotland.
“The result for Scotland gave a fascinating insight when compared to the priorities of different buyers in different parts of the country.
“It’s interesting to contrast the North East, for example, where the value and dependability of a decade old Land Rover Freelander takes precedent with the three year old BMW X1 that leads the table in the South West, which is a much more style conscious purchase.
“Similarly, buyers in Scotland clearly like the Volvo V40, which promises reliability in any weather, while the sheer practicality of a Citroen C4 Picasso rules in the Midlands.”
Pontin said that the speed of sale and price paid across the country was also a fascinating indicator of priorities for different buyers.
“The 14.3 days to sale for a SEAT Ibiza shows that there is exceptionally strong demand for that car in Northern Ireland, for example, showing an eye for value.”
The regional results are:
Region
Model
Days to sell
Average selling price
Average age
Midlands
Citroen C4 Picasso
23.7
£9,527
23.7 months
North East
Land Rover Freelander
24.0
£3,357
134.2 months
North West
Volvo V60
22.8
£15,485
32.4 months
Northern Ireland
SEAT Ibiza
14.3
£8,252
27.7 months
Scotland
Volvo V40
14.8
£14,967
21.4 months
South East
Vauxhall Antara
18.8
£11,269
42.6 months
South West
BMW X1
16.4
£15,808
36.3 months
Wales
Hyundai iX35
16.6
£14,568
24.0 months

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