New data from leading automotive shopping site, CarGurus, reveals the trending and not-so trending used cars of the year

  • BMW 3 Series tops the list of most searched for car of the year, followed by Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf
  • The German manufacturer's 3 Series also steals the search limelight in every month of 2017, except November, where the Range Rover Sport takes the top spot
  • Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Transporter and Porsche 911 have all seen the biggest increase in searches year on year
  • Fiat 500, Jaguar XF and Vauxhall Zafira all saw the biggest declines in popularity over the past year

As 2017 draws to an end, new data from leading automotive shopping site, CarGurus, reveals the used car winners and losers of 2017. From people carriers to hatchbacks and 4x4's to Minis, it's clear the BMW 3 Series is the firm favourite amongst car shoppers in the UK.
The German manufacturer's vehicle owned the top spot from January-October this year, and was closely followed by the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. With the cold snap taking over this winter, it's perhaps no surprise that a very capable and desirable winter vehicle, the Range Rover Sport, secured the number one spot for searches in November.

Top 5 Most Searched for Cars of 2017

  1. BMW 3 Series
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Volkswagen Golf
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Audi A3

When it comes to looking at the vehicles that have seen the biggest increase in popularity since 2016, there is a mix of luxury and everyday cars. Looking at the percentage increase in share of searches, the Ford Ranger has seen the biggest increase YOY (76.5%), followed by the Volkswagen Transporter which has almost doubled in searches (46.9%) and the Porsche 911 (46.1%).

Largest Year on Year Search Growth*

  1. Ford Ranger
  2. Volkswagen Transporter
  3. Porsche 911

In terms of the biggest losers this year, the Fiat 500 (-21.9%), Jaguar XF (-18.1%) and Vauxhall Zafira (-17.1%) all had the most declines in searches from 2016 to 2017.

Largest Year on Year Search Decline*

  1. Fiat 500
  2. Jaguar XF
  3. Vauxhall Zafira

James Drake, Spokesperson for CarGurus said: "Having had a presence in the UK for over two years now, it's great to see trends emerge in terms of British car shopper preferences. The BMW 3 Series is clearly a firm favourite, having hit the top spot for 10 months in a row - and it's also great to see what other vehicles are attracting the biggest increase in searches, ultimately helping our dealers see which cars our customers want the most.

"With a plethora of vehicles available on CarGurus, we're keen to offer something for everyone when searching for a used car. Our unique algorithms and dealer ratings help customers make the most informed decision possible - making the car shopping process quicker and easier."


*Within the top 50 most searched for vehicles

Instant Market Value (IMV)
Behind every car search on CarGurus, there is a mathematical algorithm that analyses and compares hundreds of thousands of used car listings daily. It factors in everything from registration year, make and model to mileage, options and location to determine a fair retail price that is referred to as the Instant Market Value.

About CarGurus
Founded in 2006, CarGurus (NASDAQ:CARG) is a global, online automotive marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of new and used cars. The company uses proprietary technology, search algorithms and data analytics to bring trust and transparency to the automotive search experience and help users find great deals from top-rated dealers. The operates online marketplaces in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany. To learn more about CarGurus, visit

James Drake