The Nissan Juke was the most widely purchased used car across the pandemic, new research from Caerus Capital has revealed.

Sales of the vehicle have risen by almost a third, with over 58,000 Nissan Jukes sold in Europe in 2020. Of these sales, around half came from the UK.

Particularly popular among those aged 30-45, the Nissan Juke has an impressive fuel economy for an SUV, with between 44.1-47.9mpg.

The new car market has shrunk since the beginning of the pandemic, as drivers have opted for vehicles over two years old in response to a period of economic hardship. By purchasing used cars, customers have been able to save more than £1,500.

Commenting on the trend, Ben Maguire, commercial director of Caerus Capital, said: “We have seen a sharp rise in enquiries from consumers of all ages looking to purchase used cars, as they cannot afford brand new vehicles and want to be able to travel safely, without the risk of COVID transmission from public transport.”

Research by Caerus Capital shows that 43% of the population have stopped taking public transport due to transmission risk. Subsequently, individuals have turned to the used car segment to meet their transport needs.

Other popular models included the Skoda Octavia and the Vauxhall Astra with 18% and 16% increases in sales, respectively. The BMW 3 Series Saloon and Ford Focus had a similar sales volume at 11%.

Across age groups, Gen Z expressed increased demand for used cars, with Renault Clio, Peugeot 108 and Ford Focus as the top three most popular models.

For the over 50s, Maguire explained: “Our data shows that 27% of SUV car sales through our consumer portal, ChooseMyCar were made by motorists over 50, suggesting that the older generation is looking for safer and more comfortable ways to travel.”

Looking forward to the rest of 2021, Maguire continued: “We are expecting to see a massive spike in sales in the upcoming weeks, as we ease out of lockdown.

“We saw a considerable increase in June 2020 as the automotive market saw unprecedented demand and as March and April are historically already very strong for the industry, we anticipate this will be magnified by the lift in COVID restrictions.”