Cars most like to be involved in a crash on UK roads

The cars most likely to be in an accident on UK roads have been revealed – and it doesn’t make good reading for taxi firms and Uber drivers.

That’s because the Toyota Prius – a favourite of minicab companies – has been named the most crash-happy model on the road by a Go Compare study, which claims that 111 in every 10,000 are involved in a shunt each year.

Using government road traffic accident data, it found the most accident-prone motors is headed by a mix of premium BMWs and and cheap small French models from the late 1990s that are commonly used by new drivers.

The Peugeot 106, though a not quite as commonly seen on UK roads today, was listed as the second most crashed model based on the number of examples still being driven

GoCompare’s study concluded that accident rates associated with vehicle makes and models appeared not to be playing a big part when insurers came to calculating premium costs.

Lee Griffin, a founding member of GoCompare, said: ‘Cars with smaller engines (under 1000cc) generally fall into lower insurance groups, meaning lower premiums. 

‘Building up a good driving record and no claims discount in a smaller car means paying less if you do want to move on to bigger, faster cars later. 

‘Cars with larger engines will fall in to a higher insurance group, as they’re more powerful and therefore seen as riskier on the road. 

‘It’s also worth noting that even if you purchase a high group rated vehicle for very little money, it’s still deemed a high risk and potentially not as safe on the road due to its age, therefore carrying a higher premium.’

The study also calculated which brands of vehicles are most likely to be involved in an accident, using the same government data set from 2016.

Vauxhall was determined to be the brand most likely to be crashed by drivers, followed by the now-defunct Daewoo and Seat. Mitsubishi and Renault rounded out the top five.

Most crashed car brands based on accident rates in 2016 

1. Vauxhall – 62 in 10,000 crashed

=2. Daweoo – 60 in 10,000 crashed

=2. Seat – 60 in 10,000 crashed

4. Mitsubishi – 56 in 10,000 crashed

=5. Renault – 55 in 10,000 crashed

=5. Chevrolet – 55 in 10,000 crashed

=5. Fiat – 55 in 10,000 crashed

=8. Peugeot – 53 in 10,000 crashed

=8. Toyota – 53 in 10,000 crashed

=10. BMW – 52 in 10,000 crashed

=10. Smart – 52 in 10,000 crashed

=10. Ford – 52 in 10,000 crashed

=10. Volkswagen – 52 in 10,000 crashed

14. Citroen – 51 in 10,000 crashed

15. Mercedes-Benz – 49 in 10,000 crashed

=16. Audi – 47 in 10,000 crashed

=16. Nissan – 47 in 10,000 crashed

=16. Honda – 47 in 10,000 crashed

=16. Skoda – 47 in 10,000 crashed

20. Suzuki – 45 in 10,000 crashed

21. Daihatsu –  44 in 10,000 crashed

=22. Mini – 41 in 10,000 crashed

=22. Rover – 41 in 10,000 crashed

=22. Lexus – 41 in 10,000 crashed

=25. Hyundai – 40 in 10,000 crashed

=25. Chrysler – 40 in 10,000 crashed

=27. Mazda – 39 in 10,000 crashed

=27. Alfa Romeo – 39 in 10,000 crashed

=27. Kia – 39 in 10,000 crashed

=27. Subaru – 39 in 10,000 crashed

=31. Volvo – 38 in 10,000 crashed

=31. Dacia – 38 in 10,000 crashed

33. Land Rover – 37 in 10,000 crashed

=34. Jeep – 36 in 10,000 crashed

=34. Saab – 36 in 10,000 crashed

36. MG – 33 in 10,000 crashed

37. Jaguar – 31 in 10,000 crashed

Source: GoCompare using Gov.uk data