The UK as 100 cars

For more than 120 years, UK motorists have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with their cars. But since motor cars first arrived in the UK in the 1880s, the motoring landscape has changed drastically.

Today, there are roughly 32 million cars on the road in the UK, but how would it look if there were just 100?

If there were just 100 cars on the road in the UK:

If grouped by gender, 54 cars would be driven by men and 46 would be driven by women.

If we group them by manufacturer, 14 of our 100 cars would be a Ford, and the two most popular manufacturers make up a quarter of all cars on the road in the UK. The ten most common car manufacturers are:

If we looked at these by make and model, we can see that the 10 most common cars account for 27% of all cars on the road in the UK.

If you want your motor to stand out from the crowd, then you might want to consider a different paint job. On our roads, 59 out of 100 cars are either black, grey or white.

The popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles has increased in recent years, but 99% of cars are still powered by a petrol or diesel engine.

As far as UK motorists are concerned, bigger isn’t always better. Almost half of all cars on the road are powered by an engine that’s between 1.5 and 2 litres.

Some people love that new car smell, others prefer to stick with an Old Reliable motor. More than a quarter of cars on the road in the UK are between 11 and 15 years old.

A new car can lose as much as 40% of its value in the first year alone, and that’s why savvy motorists tend to opt for a second hand vehicle.


Department for Transport: Cars (VEH02)
Department for Transport: All vehicles (VEH01)
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders