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Hot right now: The 10 SUVs most Irish buyers are looking at

Thinking of buying or selling an SUV? We take a look at the most popular second-hand models on DoneDeal.

LAST YEAR THERE were 70,138 second-hand private cars licensed for the first time
in Ireland. This is a significant increase over the 47,217 licensed in 2015.

DoneDeal’s motor marketplace clocked up 829 million views, with 663,336 car classifieds placed over the 12 months.

But what makes and models were viewed the most? We’ve taken data from DoneDeal and looked at the SUVs that garnered the most attention in 2016 based on the number of adverts viewed.

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Here’s the top ten, with the total number of ad views for each model:
  1. Nissan Qashqai – 2,888,691 views
  2. Hyundai Santa Fe – 2,404,090 views
  3. BMW X5 – 2,109,450 views
  4. Toyota RAV4 – 1,732,504 views
  5. Suzuki Grand Vitara – 1,299,711 views
  6. Land Rover Discovery – 1,285,824 views
  7. Land Rover Freelander – 1,084,599 views
  8. Kia Sportage – 1,026,116 views
  9. Hyundai Tucson – 919,014 views
  10. Volkswagen Touareg – 862,644 views

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It’s no surprise to see the Nissan Qashqai top this list with almost 2.9 million ad views. The Qashqai is very popular in Ireland and there is a huge amount of stock so plenty to choose from on DoneDeal. This means the cars are priced competitively and buyers can pick up a great deal.

It’s also no surprise to see that six of the ten cars are Japanese and Korean. They have a reputation for being very reliable and dependable cars that just keep on running and reliability is generally everything to a second-hand buyer.

Japanese and Korean brands often have strong residual values too – another reason for their popularity. BMW and Volkswagen cars also have good reputations for reliability and resale values.

The BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery and Volkswagen Touareg are all large, luxury 4×4 SUVs that are rivals in their category. They cost a fraction of the price second-hand that they do new.

The Land Rover Freelander is also a luxury 4×4 but it is smaller than the other three. These are all very desirable cars with loads of badge appeal.

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If you are thinking of buying a second-hand SUV, you can use this list to help you choose a model that will likely have a market for selling on in future thanks to its popularity.

If you are thinking of selling an SUV, this list gives an indication of what makes and models people are searching for and how in-demand your car might be.

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