Search figures from Auto Trader prove that Britain's second-hand car buyers still want the finer things in life. According to data from the online car buying marketplace, premium brands dominated searches on the Autotrader.co.uk website last year – with BMW's 3 Series topping the charts.
Taking the crown for its seventh consecutive year, the 3 Series attracted over 40 million searches in 2017. It's not the only BMW in the top 10, either – the firm's 1 Series hatch and 5 Series saloon took fifth and sixth place respectively.
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Taking second place was the VW Golf, a mainstay of Britain's best-selling new car charts. It's been Auto Trader's runner-up in search terms for the past nine years.
Other premium brands rounded off the top 10. Mercedes took third and ninth place with its C and E-Class saloons, while Audi slid into eighth with its popular A3. The remaining three places were taken by the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Astra in fourth, seventh and tenth places.
Ivan Aistrop of Auto Trader said: "These results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars.
"In fact, if you look at the list of most searched-for diesel cars, you'll see it contains more premium products than for any other fuel type, suggesting that diesel cars are still desirable for buyers despite recent negative press coverage."
The 3 Series was the most searched-for diesel car of 2017, with the Golf taking second place. For petrol, the rankings were reversed, and the Golf topped the leaderboard.
Toyota's Auris was top in a Toyota-dominated hybrid class, with the firm's Prius, Yaris and RAV4 also featuring. The Nissan Leaf was Auto Trader's most searched-for pure electric car.
"The market now offers some really capable and desirable choices, putting us in a great place to take the step towards an all-electric future," Aistrop said.