Top Ten Most Popular Cars in the UK

Posted on 06 May 2011 by Tony Santos

Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com has published a list of the ten most popular cars in the UK. This has been determined by looking at the number of car insurance quotes which have been retrieved for each brand of car to determine which is the most popular with UK motorists.

The list is largely populated by smaller engined vehicles, which moneysupermarket.com’s Peter Harrison claims is in response to the increasing cost of motoring. This has resulted in an increase in the number of motorists seeking cheap car insurance with moneysupermarket.com according to Harrison.

10. Honda Civic

The tenth most popular car in the UK is the Honda Civic, which just crept into the top ten ahead of the Ford Ka. 402,323 quotes were retrieved for the Japanese vehicle compared to the Ka’s 401,519 in an incredibly narrow margin of victory.

It is actually the only Japanese entrant in the top ten, a surprising statistic given that Toyota is statistically the most popular car manufacturer in the world at the moment. The average Civic in circulation is ten years old and powered by a 1.6 litre engine.

9. Volkswagen Polo

There were over 30,000 more quotes retrieved for the Polo than for the Civic. This corroborates Peter Harrison’s claims of the increasing popularity of smaller vehicles in the current era of high motoring costs, with the most common engine size of Polo searched for being 1.2 litres.

The average age of Polo searched for is actually eleven, one year higher for the Civic which is renowned for its reliability. This is perhaps due to fact that Polo’s than Civic’s are more popular with younger motorists due to the lower insurance premiums possible through the smaller German vehicle.

8. Fiat Punto

The Punto is the only Italian car in the top ten, with 467,000 quotes having been retrieved in 2010. This gives Fiat a surprising win over the Volkswagen Polo, with the 1.2 litre version of the Punto also proving to be the most popular from its range.

The average age of Punto searched for is actually two years younger than that of the Polo, which is likely a reflection of the lower depreciation rate on the Polo.

7. Peugeot 206

The 206 is the first car on this list to break the 500,000 searches barrier, with the ever popular French model being the most popular in the Peugeot range. The average age of 206 searched for was nine years old, putting it in a similar range to that of its rivals at Fiat with their Punto.

However, the average engine size of 206 for which insurance is sought is actually 1.4 litres. This is perhaps indicative of the increased popularity of the Peugeot diesel range.

6. Renault Clio

Renault comfortably beat its big rival at Peugeot to the honour of the most popular French car, with 160,000 more searches having been made for insurance on a Clio than on the Peugeot 206. Unlike the 206, the average engine size of Clio searched for is 1.2 litres which puts it in line with the Punto and Polo.

The average age of Clio searched for was higher than that of the Punto or the 206 despite the fact that they share a similar depreciation rate. The possible reason for this is that the reliability of the Clio is better than that of its rivals.

5. Volkswagen Golf

The enduring popularity of the Golf is in evidence here, with 719,000 searches having been made for insurance on Volkswagen Golf’s. This reverses the trend seen elsewhere in the list of manufacturers where smaller vehicles have been more popular than the larger ones, with almost 300,000 more searches having been made for the Golf than the Polo.

This is perhaps indicative that the Polo is underperforming relative to the Golf. Volkswagen have also gone against the trend in terms of engine size, with 1.8 litres being the most common engine size searched for.

2012 Ford Focus ST

4. Ford Focus

Surprisingly the Ford Focus is only 4th on the list of the most popular cars, with it rarely being seen outside the top two in list published by other industry bodies who usually report on the most popular brand of new car bought. Additionally, there were 726,000 searches made for Focus models, which is only 7,000 more than there was for the Golf which will surely be a concern for Ford.

The average age of Focus searched for is actually slightly lower than for other models in this top ten list, being eight years old. Additionally, the Focus also goes against the general trend in that the average engine size is 1.8 litres.

3. Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall will be delighted that it’s Astra has finished ahead of its big rival at Ford with the Focus. The victory margin is also rather comfortable, with 90,000 more searches having been made for the Astra.

The Astra is also more main stream than the Focus in terms of the average vehicle age and engine size, with 1.6 litre nine year old models being the most common.

2012 Ford Fiesta

2. Ford Fiesta

Confirming the popularity of cars with smaller engines which are cheaper to insure, the Ford Fiesta is now far more popular with UK motorists than its larger sister the Focus. There were actually almost 200,000 more searches for Fiesta’s than for Focus models on the moneysupermarket.com website.

The most popular engine size is the smaller 1.3 litre model, with the average age actually being ten. The higher average age is perhaps indicative of the fact that the Fiesta is popular with younger motorists such as students who are opting for a vehicle which is cheaper to run.

1. Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is the only car to break the 1,000,000 searches barrier and signals another triumph for Vauxhall over its rivals at Ford. Additionally it confirms the popularity of smaller vehicles which are cheaper to insure.

The 1.2 litre engined version proved to be the most popular, with the average age being nine years old. The fact that the average age of Corsa is lower than that of the Fiesta is perhaps indicative of the fact that Corsa’s tend to depreciate in value quicker than Fiesta’s.

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