Ford at forefront of first time car league

Posted on 29 Aug 2012

Did you have a Ford Escort as your first car? If the answer is yes, then you were not alone.

A survey of over 2,000 people has ranked the Ford Escort as the most popular first time car of all time.

The newly published league saw Ford take over the top three spots, with the Ford Escort and Fiesta in first and second place, and the classic Ford Anglia in third.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta

The survey, conducted by insurer Aviva, found the top ten most popular first time cars were:

  1. Ford Escort
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Ford Anglia
  4. Vauxhall Corsa
  5. Nissan Micra
  6. Vauxhall Viva
  7. Morris Minor
  8. Volkswagen Golf
  9. Renault Clio
  10. Mini Cooper


It also revealed an increasing trend for parents to fund their child’s first car. In the 1960s 80% of first time car owners funded the purchase themselves. In the 2010s, a third of first cars are now paid for by someone else, most likely to be mum and dad.

They found a similar trend in paying for car insurance, with 21% of first car owners having their insurance paid for by someone else, compared with just 6% in the 1960s.

Heather Smith, director of marketing at Aviva said: “Despite these changes and the nation’s love for affordable classics, from Corsas to Golfs, Ford has stayed at the forefront in the history of the first car and feature as firm favourites across Britain’s driveways.”

The top five car makes and models for the 1960s and today.

1960s top first time cars 2010s top first time cars
  1. Ford Anglia
  2. Ford Popular
  3. Morris Minor
  4. Volkswagen Beetle
  5. Ford Cortina
  1. Vauxhall Corsa
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Nissan Almera
  4. Ford Focus
  5. Volkswagen Golf