The BMW Series 3 was the most searched for car on Auto Trader in 2017 with 40.1 million searches, followed closely by the Volkswagen Golf (39.5 million searches).  Although used diesel sales are higher in recent months, Auto Trader’s findings show that fewer people are searching for the fuel type. While searches for diesel cars saw a 32% decrease on the same month in 2016, petrol experienced a year-on-year increase of almost 42%.

 

MOST SEARCHED NEW CARS OF 2017

  1. BMW 3 Series – 40,171,608 searches
  2. Volkswagen Golf – 39,502,416 searches
  3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 24,610,776 searches
  4. Ford Focus – 22,180,392 searches
  5. BMW 1 Series – 21,244,692 searches
  6. BMW 5 Series – 20,743,080 searches
  7. Ford Fiesta – 20,119,524 searches
  8. Audi A3 – 19,550,304 searches
  9. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 19,374,996 searches
  10. Vauxhall Astra – 16,888,992 searches

 

Searches by fuel type in November

Diesel – 14,244,592 searches, down 31.8% year-on-year

Petrol – 10,897,056 searches, up 41.6% year-on-year

Hybrid – 1,012,510 searches, up 74.8% year-on-year

Electric – 172,522 searches, up 73.0% year-on-year

Bio Fuel – 16,814 searches, up 3.3% year-on-year

 

Most searched models in 2017 by fuel type:

DIESELPETROL

 

HYBRID

 

ELECTRIC

 

1. BMW 3 Series

2. VW Golf

3. BMW 5 Series

4. Mercedes C-Class

5. Mercedes E-Class

6. Audi A3

7. BMW 1 Series

8. Ford Focus

9. Audi A4

10. VW Passat

 

1. VW Golf

2. BMW 3 Series

3. Ford Focus

4. Ford Fiesta

5. Audi A3

6. BMW 1 Series

7. Mercedes C-Class

8. Vauxhall Astra

9. Honda Civic

10. Vauxhall Corsa

 

1. Toyota Auris

2. Toyota Prius

3. Mercedes E-Class

4. Mitsubishi Outlander

5. Mercedes C-Class

6. Toyota Yaris

7. Lexus CT 200H

8. BMW 3 Series

9. Toyota RAV4

10. VW Golf

 

1. Nissan Leaf

2. BMW i3

3. Mercedes B-Class

4. Renault Zoe

5. VW Golf

6. Hyundai Ioniq

7. Kia Soul

8. Mitsubishi Outlander

9. Tesla Model S

10. Vauxhall Ampera