New cars with the shortest wait times revealed: UK-built Nissan Qashqai is the popular car with the fastest delivery turnaround, report claims
- Perfect storm of pandemic, chip shortage and Ukraine war has hit car makers
- Production of vehicles is down dramatically, meaning waiting times are longer
- MotorEasy has analysed manufacturer lead times for the most popular models
- Nissan Qashqai is the quickest to be delivered – within 13 weeks
- In contrast, the Volvo XC40 will take a year to arrive if ordered today
They may not be the fastest cars on the market, but if you are in a hurry to get a brand new car onto your driveway, Nissan’s Qashqai SUV is proving the quickest route to fulfilling an order.
The Sunderland-built family car – one of the UK’s top-selling models – has the shortest waiting time of 13 weeks, new research by car warranty experts MotorEasy shows.
When it comes to electric cars, that’s matched by the Hyundai Ioniq. for which the wait is also 13 weeks.
By contrast, Volvo’s XC40 SUV can take up to a year to arrive.
Nissan’s UK-built Qashqai is now the quickest car on the market – when it comes to waiting times for deliveries, that is…
A perfect storm of problems – a shortage of key microprocessor chips, the knock-on effects of Covid and the war in Ukraine – has led to demand for new cars exceeding supply and to extended waiting times.
That in turn has seen the price of nearly new and other used cars soaring as consumers seek a new set of wheels.
MotorEasy used Department of Transport data and factory order waiting periods from car dealerships to produce their tables of waiting times for new cars.
Among petrol and diesel cars, the shortest wait after the 13 weeks for the Nissan Qashqai is the Volkswagen T-Roc SUV and BMW 3 Series, both of which have a 14-week lead times.
Customers who order a Volkswagen Polo or Kia Sportage today can expect their delivery to arrive within 20 weeks, while requests for Ford’s Kuga and Puma SUVs won’t be fullfilled for 20 weeks.
Those wanting to buy popular models like the VW Tiguan and Golf, Ford Fiesta, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Corsa will have to wait six months or longer for their cars to be delivered.
Estimated waiting times for popular new petrol and diesel cars
1. Nissan Qashqai – 13 weeks
=2. Volkswagen T-Roc – 14 weeks
=2. BMW 3 Series – 14 weeks
=4. Volkswagen Polo – 20 weeks
=4. Kia Sportage – 20 weeks
=6. Ford Kuga – 22 weeks
=6. Ford Puma – 22 weeks
8. Volkswagen Tiguan – 24 weeks
9. Volkswagen Golf – 25 weeks
=10. Ford Fiesta – 26 weeks
=10. Mercedes A Class – 26 weeks
=10. Nissan Juke – 26 weeks
=13. Hyundai Tucson – 28 weeks
=13. Vauxhall Corsa – 28 weeks
=13. Mini Cooper – 28 weeks
16. Toyota Yaris – 32 weeks
17. Audi A3 – 39 weeks
18. Volvo XC40 – 52 weeks
The Volkswagen T-Roc (left) and BMW 3 Series (right) have lead times on deliveries of 14 weeks
One car with very long delivery delays is the Volvo XC40, which, if ordered today, will arrive in a year
As for electric models, delay periods appear to be relatively similar.
The shortest waiting times are 13 weeks for the Hyundai Ioniq and 14 weeks for the Tesla Model 3.
Other EV waiting times are: Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-2008 (both 22 weeks); Hyundai Kona (23 weeks); Jaguar I-Pace and MG ZS (both 26 weeks); MINI Cooper SE (28 weeks); Vauxhall Corsa-e (29 weeks); Nissan Leaf and Mercedes-Benz EQC (34 weeks); VW ID.3 (41 weeks); Audi e-tron and Volvo XC40 Recharge (both 52 weeks).
Commenting on the short turnaround for the Sunderland-built Qashqai, MotorEasy said: ‘The low delivery time may be thanks to the Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd headquarters being based in the North East of England, resulting in vehicles spending less time spent in transit.
‘However, the wait time doesn’t translate for all of the Nissan range with the Juke taking 26 weeks and the Leaf being up to 34 weeks’.
Estimated waiting times for popular new electric cars
1. Hyundai Ioniq – 13 weeks
2. Tesla Model 3 – 14 weeks
=3. Renault Zoe – 22 weeks
=3. Peugeot e-2008 – 22 weeks
5. Hyundai Kona – 23 weeks
=6. Jaguar I-Pace – 26 weeks
=6. MG ZS – 26 weeks
8. Mini Electric – 28 weeks
9. Vauxhall Corsa-e – 29 weeks
=10. Nissan Leaf – 34 weeks
=10. Mercedes EQC – 34 weeks
12. Volkswagen ID.3 – 41 weeks
=13. Audi e-tron – 52 weeks
=13. Volvo XC40 Recharge – 52 weeks
The Hyundai Ioniq (left) is the electric car with the shortest delivery time at the moment, at just 13 weeks. The Tesla Model 3 (right) is next on the list at 14 weeks
Like the petrol XC40, Volvo’s electric version of the same compact SUV – the XC40 Recharge – have a lead time of 52 weeks on deliveries, says MotorEasy
Duncan McClure-Fisher, chief executive, added: ‘The waiting list for cars is at an all-time high. With delays caused by the ongoing global pandemic and staff absence, the semiconductor shortages, and now the crisis in Ukraine, people are waiting longer and longer for new vehicles to make it onto the roads.
‘Drivers can avoid the wait by opting to lease a car or buy a second-hand vehicle or even keep their current vehicle until the chip shortage is due to improve in 2023.’
The waiting time issue is epitomised by UK car manufacturers who have revealed that global supply challenges has wiped 100,000 cars from UK automotive output in first quarter of 2022 alone.
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that UK car manufacturing declined 32.4 per cent during the first three months of this year , with almost 100,000 fewer vehicles made than in the same period last year.
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