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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Daniel Ricciardo opens Infiniti display in London

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Alpine teams up with PlayStation for Vis…

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Alpine teams up with PlayStation for Vision GT

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Arsenal celebrates 60 years of Citroen's…

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Arsenal celebrates 60 years of Citroen's DS

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Infiniti Q70 pricing and spec revealed

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Infiniti Q70 pricing and spec revealed

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Life-saving blood in Transit

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Life-saving blood in Transit

Around 65 per cent of the NHSBT fleet of nearly 500 vehicles are currently Fords, from blue-light Ford Focus Estate models to specially adapted Ford Transits, each of which has...

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BMW i3 to make US debut during Super Bow…

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BMW i3 to make US debut during Super Bowl

After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with "Newfangled Idea," featuring US TV anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. The spot juxtaposes the famous 1994...

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Renault names new crossover the Kadjar

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Renault names new crossover the Kadjar

The name is a combination of KAD- and -JAR. KAD- is inspired by 'quad' - representing a go-anywhere four-wheeled vehicle and -JAR recalls the French words 'agile' and 'jaillir' representing...

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Mitsubishi to debut new SUV concept in G…

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Mitsubishi to debut new SUV concept in Geneva

Set for a World premiere, the concept car is a 'declaration of intent' for Mitsubishi's future design direction. The SUV crossover is a described as a 'powerful embodiment' of the...

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Honda CR-V facelifted for 2015

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Honda CR-V facelifted for 2015

The new-look SUV is offered with a more powerful diesel engine as well as an optional, efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. Available with the four-wheel drive CR-V, the new higher-powered 160...

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Toyota finalises GT86 CS-R3 rally car sp…

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Toyota finalises GT86 CS-R3 rally car spec

The CS-R3 was launched in prototype form last August, since when it has undergone an extensive test programme to fine-tune design and specification of the kit that will be delivered...

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Toyota official RND partner for Comic Re…

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Toyota official RND partner for Comic Relief

The company will also be helping boost the total by selling the official 2015 red noses for vehicles, exclusively through its dealership network and its official eBay store (stores.ebay.co.uk/ToyotaOfficialStore).The fund-raising...

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Idris Elba drives Jaguar XE to Berlin

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Idris Elba drives Jaguar XE to Berlin

Driving from London to Berlin in wintry conditions, whilst documenting his journey through film, Idris will test the fuel economy credentials of Jaguar's new sports saloon, while trying out its...

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New Peugeot 308 GT hits showrooms

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New Peugeot 308 GT hits showrooms

The new flagship model is available in Hatchback and SW body styles, with both offering 'assertive new styling', performance-oriented engines and bespoke chassis modifications to create a lower ride height....

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Porsche reveals 911 GTS Club Coupe

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Porsche reveals 911 GTS Club Coupe

Based on the 911 Carrera GTS, the new model celebrates the 60th anniversary of Porsche Club of America (PCA) and will be limited to a run of just 60 units.Porsche...

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Bentley revels Home furniture range in P…

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Bentley revels Home furniture range in Paris

Designed and manufactured in collaboration with Luxury Living Group, one of Europe's leading furniture makers, the collection takes its inspiration from the world of travel, says Bentley.The range, designed by...

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Lotus Elise S Cup pricing confirmed

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Lotus Elise S Cup pricing confirmed

The British company says the development of the new race-inspired model is now complete following extensive testing. As a result, the finely honed Elise now laps the 2.2 mile Hethel...

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Rare Volkswagen Microbus up for auction

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Rare Volkswagen Microbus up for auction

The vehicle, estimated at between £70,000 and £75,000, is the first, and thought to be the only surviving, VW Type 2 Samba Microbus imported into the UK. The right-hand drive...

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Vauxhall adds Grand Slam to Adam range

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Vauxhall adds Grand Slam to Adam range

Powered by a 1.4-litre Turbo, 150PS engine, the Grand Slam also features a specially-tuned chassis and a VXR braking system. The performance model has wide front and rear track (1.47...

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Jaguar adds R-Sport Black to XF range

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Jaguar adds R-Sport Black to XF range

Featuring a 'comprehensive list' of specification enhancements, Jaguar says the R-Sport Black offers an additional £8,770 worth of value over standard R-Sport models for a £2,100 increase to its On-the-Road...

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Subaru Outback revamped for 2015

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Subaru Outback revamped for 2015

Introduced in 1995 as the 'first ever crossover', says Subaru, the Outback combines the virtues of a tourer with practical, all-road capabilities.New to the latest model is EyeSight - Subaru's...

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McLaren unveils 650S Le Mans edition

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McLaren unveils 650S Le Mans edition

Built by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) department, the new model will be offered as a coupe only, and will borrow a number of styling enhancements from the F1. 20...

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Ford Mustang pricing and spec revealed

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Ford Mustang pricing and spec revealed

Equipped with either a 314PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine or a 418PS 5.0-litre V8 unit, the new Mustang fastback and convertible models are available to order from 'FordStores' priced from £28,995...

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JLR unveils 'Bike Sense' technology

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JLR unveils 'Bike Sense' technology

Bike Sense will detect when another road user is approaching and identify it as a bicycle or motorbike. It will then make the driver aware of the potential hazard before...

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Ford launches all-new Mondeo

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Ford launches all-new Mondeo

The new Mondeo will be available in the UK in five-door and four-door (hybrid only) bodystyles, plus as an estate developed specifically for Europe."The all-new Mondeo is a significant new...

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Lexus reveals new NX 200t

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Lexus reveals new NX 200t

The first NX to benefit from Lexus's new direct injection 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine features all-wheel drive, emphasising a 'more performance-oriented character' and joins the hybrid NX 300h.The new powerplant...

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Caterham launches approved used car sche…

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Caterham launches approved used car scheme

Caterham Selected is the manufacturer's first ever approved used car service, enabling enthusiasts looking for a modern or vintage Seven to benefit from the same peace of mind as buyers...

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Lexus adds 200h Advance Plus

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Lexus adds 200h Advance Plus

As the name implies, it takes the specification of the Advance trim level and adds more features, but offers better value for money.These extras include the debut of Lexus's first...

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Graffiti artist tags Skoda Fabia

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Graffiti artist tags Skoda Fabia

The new Fabia hatchback is available in 15 colours. Based on what Skoda call a 'cleverly-devised colour concept', up to 125 different colour combinations can be chosen for the roof,...

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BMW revamps 1 series for 2015

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BMW revamps 1 series for 2015

The latest three- and five-door models also feature a higher level of standard equipment as well as new options. Retaining its set-back passenger compartment, long bonnet and short overhangs, the...

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McLaren P1 GTR to debut in Geneva

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McLaren P1 GTR to debut in Geneva

Boasting an excess of 700 PS per tonne power-to-weight ratio, achieved through motorsport-derived weight-saving and powertrain optimisation, McLaren says the P1 GTR's development programme has been stepped up over the...

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Open top option for Toyota Aygo

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Open top option for Toyota Aygo

Looking ahead to longer, warmer days, Toyota has launched the x-wave as an option on the five-door Aygo x-pression model. Finished in black, the full length roof is factory fitted,...

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Brussels debut for all-new Vauxhall Cors…

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Brussels debut for all-new Vauxhall Corsavan

The new Corsavan boasts an increased payload, up by 21kg over the outgoing model to 571kg, and a flat loading capacity of 920 litres, despite retaining compact dimensions at 4.02...

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