Data finds top ten premium cars that people are looking for

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Data compiled by one of the UK's biggest online car marketplaces – Auto Trader – has found the top ten premium cars that buyers are searching for.

With finance readily available, a feature of today's marketplace is that more people are looking to upgrade to a used premium vehicle than ever before.

So it will come as no surprise that the BMW 3-Series comes out on top, taking the crown as the most viewed premium model. As has long been the case, the 3-Series represents a more premium way of driving – with used residuals staying strong.

Sitting in the middle of the table is the ever-popular Audi A3, which appears to have taken the role of an aspirational car for young drivers.

In 10th place is a Volkswagen – a brand which isn't usually associated with premium cars. The particular model is the Polo, which has come to represent a solid and reliable form of motoring.

The most-viewed car in total between August 2015 and January 2016 on Auto Trader remains the BMW 3-Series, though other cars – such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus – now enter the list.

Auto Trader have also been able to find out key factors that people take into account when buying a car. Of course, price comes first with reliability and fuel efficiency second and third respectively.

However, the fifth most important factor - sitting just behind fourth place reliability - may come as a surprise – and that's the car's brand.

It seems that with competitive finance options, more people than ever are choosing to buy a premium car.