UK’s most accident-prone cars named – do you drive a crash magnet?

UK’s most accident-prone cars named – do you drive a crash magnet?
UK’s most accident-prone cars named – do you drive a crash magnet?

The UK’s most accident-prone cars have been named and it’s bad news for Toyota Prius drivers, as well as owners of Vauxhalls, Seats and Mitsubishi.

An analysis of government crash data has revealed the makes and models most likely to be involved in a crash – with the Toyota Prius holding the unfortunate title of most accident-prone.

The study compared the number of recorded crashes in 2016 against the numbers of each car registered.

Prius problems

It found that the for every 10,000 Priuses on the road, 111 were involved in a crash.

The Citroen Saxo was close behind the Prius, with a crash rate of 106 for every 10,000 cars, followed by the BMW 330D, with 102 per 10,000.

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By brand, Vauxhall fared worst. There are around 3.6 million Vauxhall cars registered in Britain, and 2016 saw 22,490 accidents involving them. The 62 accidents per 10,000 Vauxhalls is higher than Daewoo and Seat – which tied for second place with 60 – Mitsubishi (56) and Renault (55).

Londoners the worst

Londoners are involved in more accidents per 10,000 cars than drivers in any other region. (Picture: Shutterstock)
Londoners are involved in more accidents per 10,000 cars than drivers in any other region. (Picture: Shutterstock)

The study by Go Compare also broke the crash data down by region and found that Londoners were twice as likely to be involved in a shunt than drivers anywhere else in the country.

In 2016, for every 10,000 cars on the road in London, 101 had accidents. The next closest region wsa Yorkshire & the Humber the closest with 47 accidents per 10,000 cars.

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