You might have seen some examples of unsafe and erratic driving on your way into work this morning, but who are the most dangerous drivers in the UK? Using research conducted by GoCompare, we’re here to reveal the cars driven by the bad boys and girls of the road. Keep clicking as we’ll also showcase the cars chosen by the more saintly motorists of the nation. All the results are presented in reverse order.
10. Mercedes-Benz CLS
Premium cars dominate the top 10, with Mercedes accounting for no fewer than five of the models whose drivers are the most likely to be convicted of an offence on the road. A total of 13.5 percent of Mercedes-Benz CLS drivers have at least one conviction, which could include running a red light, speeding or using a mobile phone at the wheel.
9. Land Rover range
Matt Oliver, a spokesperson for GoCompare, said: “While it may be no surprise that higher-powered, luxury cars are the marques of choice for some of the more dangerous drivers on the road, it’s not true of all owners of these makes.” A total of 13.8 percent Land Rover and Range Rover drivers have at least one motoring conviction.
8. Audi Q7
“Typically, many of the cars listed in our top 10 list will be driven by those commuting or driving for longer periods on the motorway, at peak times in highly built-up areas, increasing the risk of an accident or motoring conviction,” continued Oliver. Which might be an excuse for the 13.8 percent of Audi Q7 with a motoring conviction.
7. Mercedes-Benz GLC
The MB GLC is the SUV formerly known as the GLK. So many letters. Fourteen percent of GLC drivers can add another letter to the mix – the one received through the post notifying them of a motoring offence. A potential three points in a game where points don’t mean prizes. Best stick to letters, then.
6. Mercedes-Benz CLA
While it’s true that German brands dominate the top 10, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is built in Hungary. The first CLA has been in production since 2013, but a second-generation model was unveiled at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
5. Jaguar XF
According to the GoCompare data, Jaguar XF drivers are the fifth most dangerous motorists in the UK, with 14.3 percent having at least one conviction. The majority of the offences took place within three miles of a golf course. Probably.
4. Mercedes-Benz E220
GoCompare is very specific about the next car. Apparently, 14.8 percent of Mercedes E220 drivers have at least one motoring conviction. We’d have thought the blistering E63 would represent the E-Class. There’s a chance we’d lose our licence if we had custody of the super-saloon or weapons-grade wagon.
3. Mercedes-Benz C220
Another very specific model, with 14.8 percent of Mercedes-Benz C220 drivers having unwanted points on their licence. Maybe the C63 drivers are better at dodging speed cameras and avoiding a run-in with the law.
2. Audi A5
To all those people who make wisecracks about Audi drivers, it’s worth noting that the A5 is one of only two four-ringed cars to appear on the list. According to GoCompare, 15.5 percent of A5 drivers have been caught getting up to no good.
1. BMW 420d
We’re not betting types, but we’d have put money on the BMW X5 topping the list. Instead, it’s the 420d, with 17.1 percent of drivers having at least one motoring conviction – more than double the average across all models (8.5 percent).
From sinners to saints…
We know the cars to avoid, but what about the saintly drivers of the road? Keep clicking to discover the cars driven by people it’s (probably) safe to accept a lift from. Again, the results are presented in reverse order.
10. Fiat Panda
James May is a big fan of the Fiat Panda. He even chose one when The Grand Tour paid a visit to Colombia. Only 4.9 percent of Panda drivers have a motoring conviction to their name.
9. Honda Jazz
Predictably, the Honda Jazz makes the list. In fact, the only surprise is that it hasn’t finished higher. Verdict: must try harder, Jazz drivers.
8. Skoda Citigo
The Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii fail to make the grade, but Skoda Citigo drivers can spend the evening polishing their halo. That’s not a euphemism.
7. Ford Ka
Just 4.6 percent of Ford Ka drivers have been caught speeding, running a red light, using a mobile phone at the wheel, or other such motoring misdemeanours. Good stuff.
6. Suzuki Alto
Cynics would argue that this data is skewed by the fact that the cars on the ‘safe’ half of the gallery tend to spend their time driving at low speeds in the urban jungle. True, but it’s just as easy to run a red light or get caught using a mobile phone in a town or city.
5. Hyundai Getz
Has anything exciting ever happened in a Hyundai Getz? Has the Getz even driven to or from anywhere exciting? We suspect the majority of Getz owners spend their time carefully folding their Bags for Life and attending Neighbourhood Watch meetings.
4. Kia Picanto
A mere 4.4 percent of Kia Picanto owners have been caught misbehaving at the wheel. Did you know that a Picanto R-Cross was sold in the Netherlands? A strange name for one of the least angry cars in the world.
3. Nissan Micra
Give yourself a pat on the back, Nissan Micra drivers, because just 4.4 percent of you have a motoring conviction to your name. There are just two cars left. This is getting tenser than an X-Factor live final.
2. Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10 drivers are an obedient bunch, with just 4.3 percent of them getting into mischief. Tufty Fluffytail would be so proud. Ask your parents.
1. Vauxhall Agila
It’s not often that the Vauxhall Agila receives an award, so let’s give the drivers of this little car a round of applause for a job well done. As for the 4.1 percent of Agila drivers with a conviction, shame on you.