Small cars ‘are more popular than big vehicles’

16th February 2012

Smaller cars are becoming more popular and are increasingly displacing larger saloon vehicles, new research shows.

According to a report from insurer Aviva, high specification smaller family cars such as the Mini, the Peugeot 207 and the Volkswagen Golf dominate the top ten most popular cars.

Meanwhile, traditional family saloons such as the Volkswagen Passat, the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Vectra have fallen out of favour with drivers.

The survey, which questioned 2,500 adults in the UK about their family car history over the past 30 years, found that two-thirds of Fiesta drivers are now men.

Meanwhile, women are showing interest in SUV hybrids with 4 x 4 tyres, such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Citroen Picasso.

Heather Smith, director of car insurance at Aviva, said: "As families' lives become more busy and complex, it appears multi-tasking mums need a vehicle fit for both work and family life while cost and fuel efficiency are increasingly important to dad."

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