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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Audi Online traffic light information uses in-car internet via Audi connect to establish a link between the car and the traffic light network via the central traffic computer in each...

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Electric VW e-Golf on sale

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Electric VW e-Golf on sale

Based on the combustion engined Golf hatchback, the e-Golf offers the same practicality and advanced technology, but with a purely electric drivetrain and no tailpipe emissions. Like its smaller electric...

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Mazda Hazumi concept previews new Mazda2

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Mazda Hazumi concept previews new Mazda2

Mazda says it's focusing on four key areas with its new generation models: KODO - Soul of Motion design, SKYACTIV technology, Mazda Proactive Safety, and a new in-car connectivity system...

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Beckham signs for Chinese Jaguar team

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Beckham signs for Chinese Jaguar team

Becks will feature in campaigns for the brand in one of its most significant international markets. Bob Grace, Jaguar Land Rover China Managing Director, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that...

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QUANT e-Sportlimousine electric prototyp…

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QUANT e-Sportlimousine electric prototype

Nunzio La Vecchia, Technical Director of Research and Development, nanoFLOWCELL AG, said: "The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is a research vehicle for road testing innovative energy storage systems, focusing especially on development...

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Abarth 695 biposto revealed

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Abarth 695 biposto revealed

With a weight of 997 kg and power coming from a 1.4-litre T-Jet engine, the Abarth 695 biposto (which means two-seater) will cover the 0-62 mph sprint in under 6...

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Subaru WRX STI gets European debut in Ge…

07-03-2014 Hits:219 Car Reviews and News

Subaru WRX STI gets European debut in Geneva

The latest-generation of Subaru's All-Wheel Drive performance flagship returns to the UK one year after its predecessor was withdrawn from the market, and is now £4,000 cheaper than the previous-generation.A...

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Ford adds Kuga Titanium X Sport model

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Ford adds Kuga Titanium X Sport model

It features 'styling, luxury and technology' as standard including 19 inch alloy wheels and a body styling kit with body colour front, side and rear skirts, spoiler, wheel arches and...

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Audi TT quattro sport concept revealed

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Audi TT quattro sport concept revealed

The concept features a four-cylinder TFSI engine and an output of 420PS."With our Audi TT quattro sport concept show car, we wanted to demonstrate what the new TT's technology can...

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Nissan Nismo Juke RS previewed in Geneva

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Nissan Nismo Juke RS previewed in Geneva

As the flagship of the new Juke range, the Nismo RS features more power, a 'sharper' chassis, stronger brakes and extra equipment. As with every Nismo model, the RS is...

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Nissan Nismo Juke RS previewed in Geneva

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Nissan Nismo Juke RS previewed in Geneva

As the flagship of the new Juke range, the Nismo RS features more power, a 'sharper' chassis, stronger brakes and extra equipment. As with every Nismo model, the RS is...

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Jaguar Confirm XE name for sports saloon

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Jaguar Confirm XE name for sports saloon

Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, confirmed: "We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Centre would...

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Jaguar Confirm XE name for sports saloon

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Jaguar Confirm XE name for sports saloon

Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, confirmed: "We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Centre would...

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BMW X4 pricing and spec announced

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BMW X4 pricing and spec announced

Featuring the hallmarks of the BMW X family with the sporting lines of a coupe, the new model includes BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system, a 'high level' of standard equipment and...

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New Toyota Aygo revealed in Geneva

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New Toyota Aygo revealed in Geneva

Dubbed 'J-Playful' in reference to Japan's youth culture, the new model features a 'distinctive and characterful design, and a wealth of customisation options' says Toyota.The overall length of the new...

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Alfa 4C Spider breaks cover in Geneva

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Alfa 4C Spider breaks cover in Geneva

Previewing a new model scheduled to go into production in early 2015. With structural reinforcement required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview inevitably...

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SEAT Leon Cupra 280 takes Nurburgring re…

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SEAT Leon Cupra 280 takes Nurburgring record

On display in Geneva the new model becomes the first FWD production model to dip below the eight-minute barrier. The car used to set the lap time was a production-spec...

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Skoda VisionC debuts in Geneva

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Skoda VisionC debuts in Geneva

The five-door coupe hints at the next stage in the development of Skoda design with 'ultra-modern' technical features, low emissions, light weight and optimised aerodynamics."Skoda is on the move," says...

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Volkswagen T-ROC concept SUV revealed

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Volkswagen T-ROC concept SUV revealed

Previewing a possible addition to its SUV range, VW says it is set for expansion 'with new models in a variety of classes'.The concept features LED headlights and two removable...

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Maserati Alfieri concept previews new Gr…

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Maserati Alfieri concept previews new GranTurismo

Celebrating the brand's centenary, the Alfieri is a fully functional prototype that offers a look to the future design DNA of Maserati. The concept is named Alfieri after the most...

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Revised Fiat 500 range gets new Cult edi…

03-03-2014 Hits:284 Car Reviews and News

Revised Fiat 500 range gets new Cult edition

The introduction of a new seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magnetti Marelli, brings together all the information required for controlling the car and its functions without...

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Skoda Superb Outdoor makes a comeback

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Skoda Superb Outdoor makes a comeback

With off-road styling as standard, the Outdoor features additional specification above the SE trim on which it's based, and is available with four-wheel-drive for extra grip.Standard equipment includes new front...

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Apple goes in-car with new CarPlay integ…

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Apple goes in-car with new CarPlay integration

CarPlay helps iPhone users make calls, listen to music, use Maps and access messages with either a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car's native interface...

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Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde models con…

28-02-2014 Hits:290 Car Reviews and News

Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde models confirmed

The Alfa Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde (Italian for 'Green Cloverleaf') shares the Alfa Romeo 4C's 1750 turbo-charged petrol engine - complete with direct-injection; dual variable valve timing; an anti-lag, turbo scavenging...

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Citroen C1 'Swiss and Me' concept

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Citroen C1 'Swiss and Me' concept

The concept illustrates the C1's personalisation possibilities and pays homage to the host city of Geneva - the venue for its World Premiere. Featuring a Swiss flag on its roof...

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Volkswagen T-ROC SUV concept teased

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Volkswagen T-ROC SUV concept teased

Smaller than the Tiguan, but larger than the Taigun SUV concept, the T-ROC offers a glimpse of future Volkswagen SUVs. Currently shown in these development sketches, the two-door, four-seat T-ROC...

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Skoda VisionC concept set for Geneva

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Skoda VisionC concept set for Geneva

Skoda says its new design language is becoming more expressive and dynamic and 'demonstrates the possibilities in innovative and emotional chassis design'."We are signalling the next stage in the evolution...

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Kia cee'd gets GT and GT Tech models

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Kia cee'd gets GT and GT Tech models

With 'performance-enhancing' styling and equipment features found on the three-door car, the five-door cee'd GT adds a 'dash of practicality' says Kia. The new variant is available in two versions...

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Volvo reveals Concept Estate

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Volvo reveals Concept Estate

The third in a series of three concept cars - the Concept Estate - continues the exterior design language revealed in the first two concepts, adding how the interior of...

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Nissan Note gets new DIG-S engine

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Nissan Note gets new DIG-S engine

Powered by Nissan's supercharged petrol engine, the company promises the DIG-S (standing for Direct Injection Gasoline - Supercharged) offers best in class efficiency and low running costs.The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol...

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Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME

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Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME

With over 300PS generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra VXR EXTREME will be the most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall ever when it's unveiled. If public reaction is positive,...

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MINI Clubman Concept breaks cover

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MINI Clubman Concept breaks cover

Showcasing a new brand philosophy for a 'higher class of automobile', the concept is 26 centimeters longer and just under 17 centimeters wider than the current MINI Clubman, and features...

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