• Kia Sportage shoots off the forecourts quickest in March
  • The Korean-built SUV proves to be the UK’s first, second and fourth quickest car to find a buyer

The Kia Sportage proved to be a real hot choice for buyers as it rocketed off the UK’s forecourts faster than any other model in March 2016.

The 2015 Kia Sportage petrol, with manual transmission, took a just 13 days to sell in March 2016. Hot on its heels is the 2013 model year Kia Sportage, again in manual petrol form. The second fastest selling used car in Britain took just 18 days from going on a dealer’s stock list to finding a new home with a buyer.

The Korean company provides a seven-year warranty on all its new cars, and it helps provide peace of mind to buyers. It means that even on a 2013 model buyers secure four years of the manufacturers’ warranty and also helps explain the Kia Sportage’s appeal with used car buyers.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director said: “It’s clear that the Kia Sportage is a big hit with used car buyers and it’s not surprising given how popular the new one is. When Kia launched an all-new version of the model at the beginning of this year it ranked ninth in the top 10 best-selling new cars in February and secured record orders, pushing Kia to a record new car market share of 3.46% in February. Clearly it’s had a knock-on effect on used models too.

Stephen Kitson, Communications Director, Kia UK added: “The Kia Sportage is the car every dealer wants to put on their forecourt thanks to a turnaround time that is half that of any other car. The Sportage has been the most in demand approved used car in the network and we know it has been a great success in the past year. We expect this to continue thanks to the outstanding success of the new Kia Sportage”.