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Top 10 most searched for cars in 2017

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is the most searched for car in the UK for the seventh year running, according to Auto Trader – the UK’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars.

The 3 Series was searched for more than 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the Volkswagen Golf, which has sat in second position for nine years running.

The annual Top 10 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 10 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

In a year dominated by the demonisation of diesel, the results were also broken down to reveal the most searched for diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric cars in 2017.

Again, the BMW 3 Series was the most searched for diesel car, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and BMW 5 Series respectively. 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.

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 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.

Auto Trader’s Top 10 most searched for cars in 2017 (all fuel types)

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

“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,” said Ivan Aistrop, Road Test Editor at Auto Trader.

“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.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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