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 diesel technology's breakthrough into volume car production came at the 1989 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. After more than 13 years in development, Audi premiered its first turbodiesel with direct...

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Land Rover supports Invictus Games compe…

21-07-2014 Hits:319 Car Reviews and News

Land Rover supports Invictus Games competitors

Usually reserved for testing cars in the most extreme temperatures, the chamber helped the boys recover after an arduous 40km cycling training ride on one of the hottest days of...

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New Fiat Panda Cross revealed

21-07-2014 Hits:334 Car Reviews and News

New Fiat Panda Cross revealed

With oversized tyres, improved attack angles, increased ground clearance and additional component protection, the 4x4 combines proper off-road capabilities with the efficiency and practicality of a versatile city car.Based on...

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Skoda debuts new Black Edition models

21-07-2014 Hits:332 Car Reviews and News

Skoda debuts new Black Edition models

The 'high-on-style' limited edition models are now available across the Skoda range - from the Citigo supermini to the Superb executive Hatch and Estate.Based on the mid-level SE trim, the...

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Nissan teams up with Manchester City

18-07-2014 Hits:372 Car Reviews and News

Nissan teams up with Manchester City

The five year deal represents a first for CFG, with Nissan becoming the inaugural global partner of the football network, an organization including the Nissan majority owned Yokohama F Marinos,...

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Mobile phones 'main killer on road by 20…

18-07-2014 Hits:348 Car Reviews and News

Mobile phones 'main killer on road by 2015'

The number of motorists using mobile phones to make calls, texts or social media updates whilst driving has risen to such dangerous levels that, this week, Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin...

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BMW i8 pricing revealed

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BMW i8 pricing revealed

Powered by a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 1.5-litre capacity, in conjunction with a 96kw electric motor motor, the i8 accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds on to...

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smart reveals new fortwo and fourfour

17-07-2014 Hits:386 Car Reviews and News

smart reveals new fortwo and fourfour

With short overhangs and a high steering angle, the compact fortwo features benchmark manoeuvrability and a turning circle of 6.95 m from kerb to kerb and 7.30 m from wall...

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All-new Mazda2 unveiled

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All-new Mazda2 unveiled

The covers were pulled off its next-generation compact car at Mazda's Hofu plant, south-east of Hiroshima. The fourth member of Mazda's current model generation features the full range of 'ultra-efficient'...

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New Skoda Fabia teased

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New Skoda Fabia teased

Taking design elements from the Skoda VisionC show car for the first time, the 'expressive, modern and dynamic' city car features added width and a flatter body.The hatchback model is...

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Hertz develops formula for perfect road …

16-07-2014 Hits:321 Car Reviews and News

Hertz develops formula for perfect road trip

Taking in factors including the number of passengers, destination, and a car's level of comfort, Dr David Holmes - leading UK Psychologist and author - has devised the equation to...

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Hertz develops formula for perfect road …

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Hertz develops formula for perfect road trip

Taking in factors including the number of passengers, destination, and a car's level of comfort, Dr David Holmes - leading UK Psychologist and author - has devised the equation to...

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Toyota Prius sets Nurburgring lap record

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Toyota Prius sets Nurburgring lap record

Usually reserved for miles per hour, not miles per gallon, the Prius returned a benchmark 698mpg lap. Toyota designed a genuine, real-world test with the car running in traffic during...

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Toyota Prius sets Nurburgring lap record

16-07-2014 Hits:333 Car Reviews and News

Toyota Prius sets Nurburgring lap record

Usually reserved for miles per hour, not miles per gallon, the Prius returned a benchmark 698mpg lap. Toyota designed a genuine, real-world test with the car running in traffic during...

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster reve…

16-07-2014 Hits:337 Car Reviews and News

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster revealed

The new convertible will become Aston Martin's most potent, fastest and quickest accelerating production roadster to date, and follows in the footsteps of the V12 Vantage S Coupe launched in...

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster reve…

16-07-2014 Hits:326 Car Reviews and News

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster revealed

The new convertible will become Aston Martin's most potent, fastest and quickest accelerating production roadster to date, and follows in the footsteps of the V12 Vantage S Coupe launched in...

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Porsche 911 Turbo S GB Edition revealed

15-07-2014 Hits:359 Car Reviews and News

Porsche 911 Turbo S GB Edition revealed

The 911 Turbo S GB Edition - which celebrates 40 years of the 911 Turbo - is limited to just 40 units. The bespoke model is designed and manufactured by...

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Vintage Vauxhall commemorates WWI centen…

15-07-2014 Hits:343 Car Reviews and News

Vintage Vauxhall commemorates WWI centenary

Britain's oldest surviving car manufacturer supplied more than 1500 D-Type Staff Cars during WW1 so now Vauxhall Heritage's surviving example is set to return to Belgium, as well as attending...

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Mercedes C-Class Estate unveiled

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Mercedes C-Class Estate unveiled

The new model is described by Mercedes as featuring a sporty design, innovative technology, variability and a load capacity enlarged beyond that of the predecessor model. The dimensions of the...

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Jaguar confirms further details for new …

15-07-2014 Hits:382 Car Reviews and News

Jaguar confirms further details for new XE

The star-studded event will mark the unveiling of a car that Jaguar says will 'redefine' the concept of the sports saloon. Featuring a lightweight construction with 'sophisticated' chassis technology, Jaguar's...

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Mercedes S 65 AMG Coupe revealed

14-07-2014 Hits:342 Car Reviews and News

Mercedes S 65 AMG Coupe revealed

Powered by a 6.0-litre AMG V12 biturbo engine, with an output of 630 hp and 1000 newton metres of torque, the S 65 also features AMG sports suspension based on...

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Skoda Octavia Scout to start from £…

14-07-2014 Hits:333 Car Reviews and News

Skoda Octavia Scout to start from £25k

The second-generation Octavia Scout is described as an all-rounder that combines off-road ability with 'exemplary' on-road refinement. The 4x4 features a rugged off-road look, incorporated into Skoda's new design language.Two...

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Final first-generation Volvo XC90 leaves…

14-07-2014 Hits:330 Car Reviews and News

Final first-generation Volvo XC90 leaves assembly line

Built at the Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, the last XC90 will be driven directly to the Volvo Museum, also located in Gothenburg. Torslanda is now being prepared for production...

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Ford extends Approved used car scheme

11-07-2014 Hits:347 Car Reviews and News

Ford extends Approved used car scheme

Only dealer-owned Ford cars qualify for Approved status. As well as being under five years old, they must also have covered less than 70,000 miles. The Ford Direct scheme (launched...

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Special edition VW Transporter marks 60t…

11-07-2014 Hits:374 Car Reviews and News

Special edition VW Transporter marks 60th anniversary

The new T5 Transporter model replaces the current Sportline and comes in short and long wheelbase guises as either a Kombi or panel van. It's distinguished externally from the rest...

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Astra GTC gets new diesel engine

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Astra GTC gets new diesel engine

The engine replaces the 1.7 CDTi, delivering 320Nm torque (up 20Nm) and 136PS (an increase of 6PS)  through an improved six-speed manual transmission.Available in Sport, Limited Edition and SRi trims,...

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Lexus NX debuts at Flower Show

10-07-2014 Hits:427 Car Reviews and News

Lexus NX debuts at Flower Show

Offering an early opportunity for a closer look at the new model, ahead of its official launch in October, the Lexus NX will be on display at the Quiet Mark...

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Mitsubishi expands Shogun line-up

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Mitsubishi expands Shogun line-up

Mitsubishi describes the new model as a progressive evolution, 'combining four-wheel drive go-anywhere ability with bold, muscular styling'. The SWB Barbarian features a bold front grille - incorporating short front...

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Exagon Furtive-eGT set for Salon Prive

10-07-2014 Hits:396 Car Reviews and News

Exagon Furtive-eGT set for Salon Prive

The Furtive-eGT features bespoke running gear developed by Exagon in cooperation with SAFT (Li-ion battery manufacturer) and Michelin (axles and tyres), and is married to two purpose-built Siemens electric motors....

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New Vauxhall Corsa revealed

09-07-2014 Hits:387 Car Reviews and News

New Vauxhall Corsa revealed

Set for production later this year, the new Corsa is near-identical in length to the current model but almost every other element of its design and engineering has changed, improving...

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Volkswagen facelifts Scirocco

09-07-2014 Hits:407 Car Reviews and News

Volkswagen facelifts Scirocco

The Scirocco's shape has been refined and modernised with new headlights and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling. The new front bumper features aerodynamic 'blades' in the outer...

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Vauxhall creates 550 new jobs in the UK

09-07-2014 Hits:392 Car Reviews and News

Vauxhall creates 550 new jobs in the UK

Around 300 new jobs will be secured at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire which currently operates on two shifts, but as sales volumes build, more employees are required to...

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New engine for Infiniti Q50

08-07-2014 Hits:401 Car Reviews and News

New engine for Infiniti Q50

The lightweight 1991cc turbocharged petrol 4-cylinder engine develops 350Nm of torque and 211PS of power which is transmitted through a 7-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels, with flexible and...

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