Most popular cars of 2017 revealed


Auto Trader recently revealed which cars have been searched for most on its online marketplace in 2017. The BMW 3 Series has retained its position at the top as most searched for car in the UK, a title it has held for 7 years. The make attracted over 40 million searches on Auto Trader last year. The Volkswagen Golf followed very closely in second place with 39.5 million searches, a position it has held for nine consecutive years.

The annual listing shows that British car buyers favour the premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the top 10.

Breaking the results down by fuel type, we can see the most searched for diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric cars in 2017. The BMW 3 Series was the most searched for diesel car, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and BMW 5 Series respectively. This list contains more premium models than for any other fuel type, suggesting that diesel cars are still desirable for buyers despite the negative press coverage.

The Volkswagen Golf and BMW 3 Series switch positions in the most searched for petrol cars with a host of family car favourites following behind including the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Vauxhall Astra.

The most searched for electric car in 2017 was the Nissan Leaf, followed by the BMW i3 in second place and the Mercedes-Benz B Class in third. The varied list of electric cars shows how much choice there is now in this market and Ivan Aistrop, Road Test Editor at Auto Trader, says ‘’this list shows that the market now offers some really capable and desirable choices, putting us in a great place to take the step towards an all-electric future.’’

With the government banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and higher VED car tax costs coming next year, more and more people are looking to switch to hybrid or electric vehicles – it will be interesting to see the lists at the end of 2018!


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