Souped-up Subaru drivers are safest on the road

Souped-up Subaru drivers are safest on the road

Comparison site moneysupermarket.com analysed over 13 million car insurance quotes run on its website over 12 months, and of the nation's top 35 favourite car brands it found Subaru drivers make the fewest number of claims for motor accidents, followed by drivers of smart cars and Fiats.

In fact, Subaru drivers are less likely to be younger drivers, and more likely to be in their thirties and forties and insuring the popular Impreza model. With lower claims rates than other models this indicates that Impreza owners are in fact careful about looking after their prized wheels.

Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at MoneySupermarket, said: "A turn up for the motoring books! The Subaru is shedding its image of a car for pure petrol heads, and is actually being driven by older, safer drivers instead of the 'drive it like they stole it' younger motoring generation.

"Interestingly though, the fact that Subaru drivers are least likely to make a claim, doesn't directly translate into them paying the cheapest premiums. While claims are one factor insurers take into account when setting premium prices, other factors also play a part. These include the engine size, the number of miles you clock up, where you park, and your profession amongst other things. Smaller cars are generally cheaper to insure as the cost of repairs and parts are likely to be lower than those on more premium models. If you want to pay less for car insurance, it is worth considering these factors when choosing your motor as this will help reduce the overall cost of running a car."

The Fiat Cinquecento - despite being immortalised by hapless teenage driver Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners - is the individual car model least likely to claimed for.

The research also unearthed the nation's claims calamities. Analysis of car brands reveals drivers of the Spanish made SEAT, Korean built Kia and British produced MINI take the top spots for most likely to make a claim for an 'at fault' motor accident.

Posted on 17.07.2013

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The cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and Nintendo sees the W 25 'Silver Arrow' of the 1930s, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the current Mercedes-Benz GLA available for Mario...

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New Kia Sorento interior teased

05-08-2014 Hits:322 Car Reviews and News

New Kia Sorento interior teased

Fresh from previewing the bold, swept-back exterior, the third generation Sorento's cabin is described as one that is set to 'raise the bar' in terms of luxury, thanks to a...

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Mercedes S 600 Guard boosts VIP protecti…

05-08-2014 Hits:310 Car Reviews and News

Mercedes S 600 Guard boosts VIP protection

Providing all-round protection to the level of resistance class VR9 (both in transparent and non-transparent areas) the S 600 Guard features 'first-class' comfort, AIRMATIC suspension, intelligent driver assistance systems and...

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Citroen DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit

05-08-2014 Hits:310 Car Reviews and News

Citroen DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit

The DS 3 Cabrio DStyle features design cues inspired by Benefit's 'Stay Flawless' cosmetic range and also includes a folding fabric roof, which can be opened or closed at motorway...

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New entry-level TomTom sat-nav gets Life…

04-08-2014 Hits:472 Car Reviews and News

New entry-level TomTom sat-nav gets Lifetime Maps

The redesigned START combines navigation with 'high performance and TomTom's renowned user experience'. Drivers can tap on the map to plan a route or find their destination faster with Quick...

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will.i.am and Lexus team up for NX launc…

04-08-2014 Hits:307 Car Reviews and News

will.i.am and Lexus team up for NX launch

The Grammy Award-winner will work with the brand to champion provocative design and technology as part of the launch. The collaboration will encompass the worlds of music, design and technology....

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Sainsbury's launches bike friendly truck…

04-08-2014 Hits:308 Car Reviews and News

Sainsbury's launches bike friendly trucks

The Mercedes-Benz Antos 1824L was unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall and features 360 degree monitors, extra side lighting for road users at night and low...

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Ford tests automatic braking in Paris

01-08-2014 Hits:316 Car Reviews and News

Ford tests automatic braking in Paris

Having completed a closed track development and testing process, Ford engineers turned to the French capital - which claims some of Europe's busiest roads - for real-world trials.Active City Stop's light...

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Aston Martin seeks apprentice clay model…

01-08-2014 Hits:333 Car Reviews and News

Aston Martin seeks apprentice clay modellers

Beginning in January 2015, the right candidates will be offered the opportunity to join Aston Martin's Design Department and, quite literally, help shape the future of the great British brand.This...

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Hyundai teases new Generation i20

01-08-2014 Hits:353 Car Reviews and News

Hyundai teases new Generation i20

Styled at Hyundai's Design Centre Europe, the South Korean company says the new i20 was inspired by a 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy, featuring 'generous proportions in a sophisticated and...

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Brian Johnson takes on Croft in his Mini

31-07-2014 Hits:389 Car Reviews and News

Brian Johnson takes on Croft in his Mini

The self-confessed 'car nut', whose first experience of high-octane action came at Croft when he went to watch an MG race at the North Yorkshire venue in the mid-1960s, has...

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Boris charges diesel drivers an extra &p…

31-07-2014 Hits:339 Car Reviews and News

Boris charges diesel drivers an extra £10

While governments have been incentivising motorists to buy diesel cars, the engine standards of Europe's diesel units have not delivered the emission savings expected. This has created a generation of...

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RenaultSport R.S. 01 teased ahead of Mos…

31-07-2014 Hits:349 Car Reviews and News

RenaultSport R.S. 01 teased ahead of Moscow reveal

With a unique design that hints at what Renault describes as 'exceptional performance', the super sports car will be unveiled at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS), which runs from...

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Jaguar teams up with Emeli Sande for XE …

30-07-2014 Hits:401 Car Reviews and News

Jaguar teams up with Emeli Sande for XE launch

The brand will be collaborating with artists and personalities including Emeli Sande, Stella McCartney and Idris Elba to express the 'Exhilaration' at the heart of its new mid-sized premium sports...

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Driverless cars on UK roads in 6 months

30-07-2014 Hits:362 Car Reviews and News

Driverless cars on UK roads in 6 months

UK cities can now bid for a share of a £10 million in a competition to host driverless cars trials, calling on businesses and research organisations to put forward proposals...

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe to start at &poun…

30-07-2014 Hits:357 Car Reviews and News

Mercedes S-Class Coupe to start at £96k

The eight-cylinder S 63 AMG Coupe, with a hearty 585 hp and 900 Nm of torque will cost £124,715 OTR. For those wanting even more performance, the S 65 AMG...

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All-new Kia Sorento teased

29-07-2014 Hits:405 Car Reviews and News

All-new Kia Sorento teased

With bold, swept-back exterior styling, the new model features a lower roofline, higher beltline and a more 'muscular stance'. Rounded shoulders at the rear and 'deeply sculpted' body surfaces together...

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Jaguar buys 543 classic car collection

29-07-2014 Hits:386 Car Reviews and News

Jaguar buys 543 classic car collection

The 543-strong collection includes mostly British classic cars, many of which are significant Jaguar models. The collection which had been painstakingly assembled and restored by James Hull, British car enthusiast,...

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Fiat 500L-Vans design concept revealed

29-07-2014 Hits:399 Car Reviews and News

Fiat 500L-Vans design concept revealed

Details from Vans original hi-top shoe are echoed throughout the concept, which was created exclusively for the event, including vintage palm-patterned canvas, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and...

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Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid to cost &p…

28-07-2014 Hits:387 Car Reviews and News

Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid to cost £35k

The five-door hatchback features a modified 1.4-litre TFSI, 150PS petrol engine linked by a clutch to a 75kw electric motor - which is integrated into a specially developed six-speed S...

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Suzuki and Citroen most reliable Crossov…

28-07-2014 Hits:377 Car Reviews and News

Suzuki and Citroen most reliable Crossover and MPV

Data was analysed from more than 50,000 live policies to compile a chart of the best-performing MPV and Crossover models for the Reliability Index website (www.reliabilityindex.com) which takes into account...

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McLaren teases P1 GTR design concept

28-07-2014 Hits:377 Car Reviews and News

McLaren teases P1 GTR design concept

Described by McLaren as the ultimate track-focused model, the P1 GTR was conceived in response to requests from buyers of the road legal P1 for a track focused edition of...

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Volkswagen opens hotel California

25-07-2014 Hits:405 Car Reviews and News

Volkswagen opens hotel California

The first location customers can book a 'room' will be on Temple Island in Henley-on-Thames. Situated between the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire banks, six luxury VW California SE camper vans will...

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Aston Martin rekindles Lagonda saloon

25-07-2014 Hits:387 Car Reviews and News

Aston Martin rekindles Lagonda saloon

A bespoke product programme for a new saloon car has been set up to put the Lagonda badge back on a luxurious and exclusive super saloon. Aston Martin says the...

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Lexus goes to Hollywood

25-07-2014 Hits:397 Car Reviews and News

Lexus goes to Hollywood

Helping guide the directors contributing to the Short Films programme, it's part of a partnership between Lexus and The Weinstein Company. This year active support came from leading figures in...

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Porsche Cayenne gets mid-life facelift

24-07-2014 Hits:399 Car Reviews and News

Porsche Cayenne gets mid-life facelift

An entirely new front end features a new bonnet and wheel arches plus airblades designed to guide air to the intercoolers, and make a 'strong visual statement'.The new Cayenne includes...

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10th VW Beetle Sunshine Tour

24-07-2014 Hits:398 Car Reviews and News

10th VW Beetle Sunshine Tour

Taking place from 15 August, nearly 400 Beetles from three generations have already signed up for the annual pilgrimage. For the tenth time, fans of VW Bug are coming together...

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Motorists vote NO to in-car 'spy boxes'

24-07-2014 Hits:399 Car Reviews and News

Motorists vote NO to in-car 'spy boxes'

So says a new poll by UK car supermarket website, Motorpoint. The web-based survey found 71.5 per cent of drivers opposed regulations that will see the 'black boxes' fitted as...

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BMW X4 in showrooms now

23-07-2014 Hits:394 Car Reviews and News

BMW X4 in showrooms now

The new model combines the features of the BMW X family with sporty coupe like attributes and includes a high-performance, all diesel engine line-up, all-wheel-drive and a high level of...

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Toyota further develops DAR-V concept

23-07-2014 Hits:381 Car Reviews and News

Toyota further develops DAR-V concept

Working with Microsoft and Infosys as its partners, Toyota has developed its original DAR-V safety concept with the DARV 1.5 - the latest generation Driver Awareness Research Vehicle.Not so many...

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Ford Fiesta is UK's best-selling vehicle…

23-07-2014 Hits:374 Car Reviews and News

Ford Fiesta is UK's best-selling vehicle ever

First launched in 1976, the Fiesta surpassed the historic record of the Ford Escort, which sold 4,105,961 in the 32 years it was on sale in the UK from 1968...

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QUANT e-Sportlimousine approved for Euro…

22-07-2014 Hits:412 Car Reviews and News

QUANT e-Sportlimousine approved for Europe

Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG, was handed the official registration plate 'ROD-Q-2014' after an in-depth inspection by global testing and certification provider TUV Sud, Munich. This...

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Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale up for grabs

22-07-2014 Hits:403 Car Reviews and News

Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale up for grabs

Few cars possess such desirability than this rare example, with its two sibling cars unlikely to ever become available, 06701's offering is a historic and unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one...

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