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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Ferrari F12 TRS one-off custom debuts in…

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Ferrari F12 TRS one-off custom debuts in Sicily

Based on the F12berlinetta, the car was developed at a client's request as an extreme, two-seater, open-top sports barchetta. One of the initial inspirations for the project was the 1957...

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Sharapova chauffeured to Wimbledon event…

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Sharapova chauffeured to Wimbledon event by Webber

Sharapova was dropped off at Kensington Roof Gardens, West London by Webber, fresh from his drive for Porsche in the Le Mans 24 Hours race last weekend, decked out in...

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Mercedes C-Class Estate prices revealed

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Mercedes C-Class Estate prices revealed

Set to arrive in the UK this September, the car features five engine options and three models lines. Described as 'setting new class benchmarks in refinement, economy and standard equipment'...

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Qoros 9 Sedan Concept

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Qoros 9 Sedan Concept

After an internship during which he worked amongst some of the most talented automobile designers in the industry, 29-year-old Korean, Jihoon Seo, undertook a five-month spell with the Qoros' designers...

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Lexus RC F debuts at Goodwood

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Lexus RC F debuts at Goodwood

The performance coupe features the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has yet produced for a road car - a 5.0-litre, 32-valve unit that produces more than 450bhp and 520Nm of...

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All-new Audi S3 Cabriolet prices confirm…

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All-new Audi S3 Cabriolet prices confirmed

The all-new 300PS S3 Cabriolet - the first ever soft-top version of the high performance compact - is set to arrive with UK customers from September. At the same time,...

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Peugeot 508 goes up-market

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Peugeot 508 goes up-market

Described by Peugeot as a 'major evolution' of its grand tourer in the D segment, the French marque also says the refreshed range demonstrates the brand's move up-market. The face...

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Detroit Electric SP:01 gears up for laun…

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Detroit Electric SP:01 gears up for launch

The lightweight sportscar 'promises to thrill the EV market with its blistering performance and exhilarating dynamics' says Detroit Electric. Claimed to be the fastest pure-electric production car on the market,...

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Bentley Continental GT3-R limited editio…

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Bentley Continental GT3-R limited edition

Described as a 'highly exclusive and unique interpretation of performance-focussed luxury', Bentley has developed a retuned version of its race-proven, high performance 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the Continental GT3 race...

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Ford's new Fiesta is most powerful 1-lit…

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Ford's new Fiesta is most powerful 1-litre production car

That's because the new models will be powered by a 140PS version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the most powerful yet. Roelant de Waard, Ford's European Marketing, Sales and Service...

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Mercedes CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake fa…

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Mercedes CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake facelifted

Both models now feature a updated front section with a new expressive diamond radiator grille, new front bumper with large air intakes, and the option of new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps...

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All-new Peugeot 108 gets enhanced practi…

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All-new Peugeot 108 gets enhanced practicality

Featuring a 'raft of enhancements' over the outgoing 107, the newcomer is described by Peugeot as a runabout that's 'exceptionally user-friendly' for day-to-day motoring. The French brand have paid particular...

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Nissan and Playstation reveal future Vis…

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Nissan and Playstation reveal future Vision concept

It was created through close collaboration with the creators of the Gran Turismo PlayStation driving game. The Vision Gran Turismo began life as an ideal project for Nissan designers who...

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BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe pricing and s…

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BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe pricing and spec revealed

Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technolog, producing a maximum output of 431hp, its peak torque of 550Nm is available across a wide rev...

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Renault Megane sets new Nurburgring reco…

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Renault Megane sets new Nurburgring record

The recently unveiled Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy features 'the best of Renaultsport technology', powered by a 2.0T engine upgraded to 275 hp. This limited series is now available as an...

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Range Rover Sport gets Stealth Pack

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Range Rover Sport gets Stealth Pack

The Sport Stealth Pack features a set of exterior design enhancements, including satin black front grille and grille surround, fog lamp bezels, bonnet and fender vents, upper mirror caps and...

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London Congestion Charge up by £1.…

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London Congestion Charge up by £1.50 a day

Transport for London (TfL) said the changes were designed to improve customer service and maintain the scheme's effectiveness at managing congestion.CC Auto Pay and fleet customers will continue to benefit...

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Nissan Qashqai 'Overall Winner' at Tow C…

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Nissan Qashqai 'Overall Winner' at Tow Car Awards

The British-built model also won the 1,400kg-1,549kg (kerbweight) category. Judges from the Camping and Caravanning Club, and Practical Caravan and What Car? magazines tested a record 56 cars, before concluding...

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Quadricycles perform very poorly in Euro…

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Quadricycles perform very poorly in Euro NCAP tests

In recent years, the new class of sub-compact vehicles has emerged in Europe, originally derived from motorcycles, used in rural or urban areas as an alternative to motorbikes or city...

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New Citroen models to premiere at Goodwo…

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New Citroen models to premiere at Goodwood

Visitors will be able to get up close to both models and even poke Citroen's unique Airbump technology. On sale in the UK from October, the new Citroen C4 Cactus...

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Martini Stripes back on Porsche 911

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Martini Stripes back on Porsche 911

Marking the return of Porsche to endurance motorsport, the special 911 is finished in the traditional Martini racing livery, which reflects the styling of Porsche race cars of the 1970s....

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Kia Soul EV enters production

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Kia Soul EV enters production

The zero-emissions Soul EV is Kia's first electric vehicle to be marketed by the company outside Korea, with the first vehicles off the production line destined for select European countries....

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Abarth 500 range refreshed

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Abarth 500 range refreshed

The endurance road trip featured some of the world's most exotic supercars, which were joined by a fleet of Abarths - the new 695 biposto, a 595 Competizione, 595 Turismo...

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Toyota Camatte Sport model revelaed

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Toyota Camatte Sport model revelaed

Built for the International Tokyo Toy Show, the electric car returns for third year running in a new sporty guise. The Camatte is ideal for those more interested in a...

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Garage labour rates at all-time high

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Garage labour rates at all-time high

That's according to UK insurance provider Warranty Direct's annual labour rates study which found that, overall, the UK's average labour rate for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at...

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Motorexpo 2014 underway in London

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Motorexpo 2014 underway in London

The free-to-visit Motor Show sees London's business district transformed into an indoor and outdoor exhibition. Highlights from this years show includes the UK public debut of McLaren's 650S, which is...

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Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition revealed

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Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition revealed

The supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S will be upgraded for the Exige LF1 with a bespoke black and gold paint scheme, red accents and gold 17" front and 18" rear...

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RHD Tesla Model S arrives in UK

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RHD Tesla Model S arrives in UK

The occasion, at the Tesla store in Westfield, White City marks the beginning of a planned rapid expansion in the UK over the coming two years.The electric Model S can...

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Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde pricing re…

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Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde pricing revealed

'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions of the MiTo and Giulietta draw on Alfa's heritage of performance and motor racing but 'without compromising' on efficiency, respect for the environment and everyday practicality.The Alfa...

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All-new Toyota Aygo prices confirmed

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All-new Toyota Aygo prices confirmed

The Aygo features plenty of personalisation opportunities - both inside and out - that can be specified in different colours and finishes. From the new X-shape front end element that...

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All-new BMW X6 breaks cover

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All-new BMW X6 breaks cover

Standard features for the new X6 include bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation, 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles, leather trim, two-zone climate control, auto-dimming...

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