BMW Head Most Searched For List As Diesel Bashing Proves Unpopular

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BMW Head The Pack Of Most Searched Vehicles 2017

Not the most breathtaking news to learn that the German BMW 3 Series retains its coveted title as the most searched for car in the UK, according to Auto Trader – the UK’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars.

Not surprising either that the class leading 3 Series has retained its title for the last seven years. The Western European heavyweight keeps nudging that distinctive nose ahead of close rivals, Mercedes and fellow Euro loving compatriot Audi.

Mundane

Mundane it may be, but the public still searched for it over 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, but as we all know in Germany, they like winners. They don’t like second place.

The annual top ten listing indicates the nation’s enduring interest in premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the list.

Auto Trader’s top ten most searched for cars in 2017

RANK MAKE MODEL
1 BMW 3 SERIES
2 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
3 MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS
4 FORD FOCUS
5 BMW 1 SERIES
6 BMW 5 SERIES
7 FORD FIESTA
8 AUDI A3
9 MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS
10 VAUXHALL ASTRA

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BMW Head Most Searched 2017

In a year dominated by Diesel bashing, the results below have been broken down using Auto Trader’s Fuel Type filter to reveal the most searched for villain, petrol, hybrid and electric cars in 2017.

Yes, once again the old faithful BMW 3 Series headed the list for most searched diesel car, followed by that reliable second placed favourite Volkswagen Golf and BMW 5 Series respectively.

One thing VW have learned to accept is that personal gratification can mean runner-up, but not when it comes to the fossil favourite!

The Volkswagen Golf tops the list of the most searched for petrol cars, in a list which is dominated by family car favourites, including the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Honda Civic and Vauxhall Corsa.

Auto Trader’s top ten most searched for cars in 2017, broken down by fuel type 

RANK DIESEL

MAKE AND MODEL

PETROL

MAKE AND MODEL

HYBRID

MAKE AND MODEL

ELECTRIC

MAKE AND MODEL

1 BMW 3 SERIES VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TOYOTA AURIS NISSAN LEAF
2 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BMW 3 SERIES TOYOTA PRIUS BMW i3
3 BMW 5 SERIES FORD FOCUS MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS
4 MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS FORD FIESTA MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER RENAULT ZOE
5 MERCEDES-BENZ E CLASS AUDI A3 MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
6 AUDI A3 BMW 1 SERIES TOYOTA YARIS HYUNDAI IONIQ
7 BMW 1 SERIES MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS LEXUS CT 200H KIA SOUL
8 FORD FOCUS VAUXHALL ASTRA BMW 3 SERIES MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER
9 AUDI A4 HONDA CIVIC TOYOTA RAV4 TESLA MODEL S
10 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT VAUXHALL CORSA VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VAUXHALL AMPERA

Ivan Aistrop, Road Test Editor at Auto Trader, said:
“These results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars.

“In fact, if you look at the list of most searched-for diesel cars, you’ll see it contains more premium products than for any other fuel type, suggesting that diesel cars are still desirable for buyers despite recent negative press coverage.

“At the same time, one look at the list of the most searched-for electric cars shows you 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”.

Conclusion

Drawing conclusions is a precarious business, especially when you happen to circumambulate into the dreaded fossil fuel debate. Nonetheless here we go. It seems the ‘public’ are not so stressed out about how clean their own planet is, or even how it performs in their own short-sighted future.

So, when ‘Joe’ fancies a new or even different motor, his concerns are more about how much money he has left in his wallet, not the particulate matter (which is apparently hazardous) that’s emitted from it’s chrome tail-pipe.

Does the planet come before the purchase?

Unsurprisingly the most searched for electric car in 2017 was the Nissan Leaf, followed by the BMW 13 in second place and the Mercedes-Benz B Class in third place. Toyota takes the top two spots in the most searched for hybrid lists, with the Toyota Auris and Prius coming first and second respectively.

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