The Vauxhall Corsa is the most popular car in the UK according to research by moneysupermarket.com.
The price comparison website has analysed the number of car insurance searches which have been carried out for each model of car which is available in the UK and come up with a list of the top ten most popular with British motorists.
10. Honda Civic
Just creeping into the top ten ahead of the Ford Ka is the most popular offering from Japan. The Civic was launched in 1973 as Honda’s response to the oil crisis of the time and proved to be highly popular with motorists thanks to its fuel efficient 1.2 litre engine.
However, the Civic has subsequently obtained a sportier image, with the 1.6 litre version now proving to be the most popular with British motorists.
9. Volkswagen Polo
Coincidentally, the Volkswagen Polo was also launched as a response to the spiralling motoring costs in the mid 1970s, with Volkswagen believing that a very basic and therefore cheap design would prove to be a big hit with cash strapped motorists.
This prediction was proved accurate; with the Polo remaining one of the most popular cars in the country over 35 years after the mark one version was launched.
8. Fiat Punto
Surprisingly, the Fiat Punto attracted over 30,000 more car insurance searches over the course of 2010 than its German rival the Polo. This is perhaps due to the recent increase in motoring costs, with Fiat having originally intended to supersede the popularity of the Polo through cheaper initial buying costs.
Despite having been in service for almost twenty years now, the Punto has remained at the forefront of car design ever since winning the prestigious European car of the year award in 1995.
7. Peugeot 206
With over 50,000 more searches the 206 easily slotted into 7th place on the list ahead of the Punto. The most popular of Peugeot’s offerings was launched in 1998 as a response to the popularity of the Renault Clio and has proven to be a popular edition to the French manufacturers range.
Production of the 206 ceased in 2010 to be replaced by the 207, which is currently only 44th on the list. However, this bodes well for the future due to the current high selling price which reflects the 207’s relatively young age.
6. Renault Clio
Despite the popularity of the 206, it failed to achieve its ultimate aim of becoming more popular than Renault’s ever popular Clio model which remarkably attracted over 160,000 more searches than Peugeot’s alternatives.
This adds validity to the critical claim the Clio has received for its market leading French styling.
5. Volkswagen Golf
The Golf attracted 300,000 more searches than its little sister the Polo despite having been available on the market for almost forty years. The Golf was a major departure for Volkswagen at the time as it replaced its long serving and popular Beetle model, which had represented the firm since the Second World War. However, the gamble has well and truly paid off.
It seems that the sporty versions of the Golf are the most popular, with the average engine size searched for on moneysupermarket.com being 1.8 litres.
4. Ford Focus
The Focus only beat the Golf to 4th position by 8,000 searches in what will be a disappointing result for the Blue oval. This may well be a reflection of the antiquated styling for which the mark two version of the model (available between 2004 and 2010) was criticised.
However, the recently launched mark 3 is a radical departure for Ford cosmetically and comes equipped with a more fuel efficient engine design which should help the Focus move up this list in years to come.
3. Vauxhall Astra
The Vauxhall Astra surprisingly proved to be far more popular than the Focus, attracting 80,000 more searches. This will certainly prove to be a morale booster to employees at the Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant who are responsible for the Astra model.
The Astra has become a popular choice for British motorists thanks to its impressive performance and reliability, a trend which has been continued with the newest version.
2. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta finished in a very comfortable 2nd position on the list with over 100,000 more searches than the Astra, a statistic which adds validity to claims about the current popularity of smaller cars.
This is a very impressive performance for a range of vehicle which was first introduced in 1976. However, being beaten by Vauxhall is never a good result for Ford.
1. Vauxhall Corsa
The Vauxhall Corsa was the only car on the list to breach the one million search barrier, with almost 180,000 more searches than its rivals the Fiesta. This is not only a remarkably comfortable victory margin but also signals another victory for Vauxhall over Ford.
The average Corsa searched for was nine years old and featured a 1.2 litre engine. This perhaps points out that a large part of this victory owes to the Corsa’s popularity with younger motorists.