Press release

Auto Trader reveals the most popular cars of 2017

London, 29th December– The BMW 3 Series retains its 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.

The 3 Series has held this title for seven consecutive years, and was searched for over 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, which has sat in second position for nine years running.

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

In a year dominated by the demonisation of diesel, the results have been broken down using Auto Trader’s Fuel Type filter to reveal 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. 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 DIESELMAKE AND MODEL PETROLMAKE AND MODEL HYBRIDMAKE AND MODEL ELECTRICMAKE 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.

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.

About Auto Trader

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland’s largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 250 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness and attracts an average of 60 million monthly cross platform visits a month, with circa 70% of visits coming through mobile devices.

The marketplace also has the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing more than 470,000 cars each day). Over 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on autotrader.co.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ben Darby, Senior PR Manager, ben.darby@autotrader.co.uk 07703 767 099

Andrew Nankervis, Senior PR Manager, Andrew.nankervis@autotrader.co.uk

Auto Trader Press Office, press@autotrader.co.uk, 02037477038

We've extended the deadline to complete our digital retailing survey being run in partnership with the @RMI_NFDA and ICDP. Complete the survey before Friday to receive a personalised benchmark report👉https://t.co/qjQqIedy43 https://t.co/N3CLR386Uz
Join our next webinar where we’ll be sharing how you can sell vehicles at pace, whilst extracting the most profit and ensuring you allow time to restock and optimise your forecourt. Register now👉https://t.co/5dI2g8GX3Z https://t.co/ZOfgM21yU7
What do Canadian Thanksgiving and @AndrewKorpela's appetite have to do with buying a car online? Find out in this week's tip of the week where we share some tips on how to grab the attention of a growing buyer segment. https://t.co/Eilwe3LhXm
The speed at which used cars sell continues to remain far below what we saw before the pandemic, with last months analysis showing that it took a median of just 24 days for used cars to sell, 3 days quicker than in August. https://t.co/nl83T3y2Wl
Fantastic news 🥳 A huge thank you to everyone that voted for us this year - we're very proud and delighted that our retailer partners have gotten so much value from our platform, particularity during such a challenging period for our industry https://t.co/0xXHDcYemG
COP26 has been dominating headlines over the last few weeks. But what exactly is it? What impact could it have on the automotive industry and why does it matter to you? https://t.co/nGyGxeZvzN
Find out how @HendyGroup, @LookersGroup, @westwaynissan and @PeterVardy are embracing the electric vehicle revolution and enticing consumers into making the switch👉https://t.co/o9S11O5QXS https://t.co/KU8wBqwOXH
In our latest market update, we share our latest audience data and look at whether we are continuing to see strong levels of demand from consumers. https://t.co/p2DSkN8cAv
It's Friday which can only mean 1 thing. It's tip of the week time! In this episode, @AndrewKorpela goes through the findings of the telephone phase of our mystery shopping and explains how you can make the most from a telephone enquiry. https://t.co/Mg0UtWa3aM
September was a month of records for the automotive industry. But we also saw some unexpected challenges and opportunities. Find out more in our latest Market Intelligence report which details our latest insights along with the impact of the fuel crisis👉https://t.co/blOWIg8ZY7 https://t.co/v7SZuYcRM4

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

Keep in touch

We use social media to speak to the UK’s largest car buying audience