Skip navigation reveals the cars topping the speeding charts*

- Which drivers are most likely to exceed the limit? -

  • 26% of Land Rover Discovery HSE v6 TD owners have been caught exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road
  • 20% of BMW 320 D M Sport owners and 20% of Ford S-Max Titanium TDCI drivers have exceeded the statutory speed limit on a public road
  • Ford Galaxy Zetec TDI drivers are most likely to have been caught for the use of a hand-held device while driving
  • Drivers of the Vauxhall Astra Edition 16V Coupe are most likely to have been caught uninsured in the past
  • Motorway speeders include Range Rover Sport and Porsche Boxster drivers

New research from car insurance experts at reveals which cars are most likely to be driven by those who have committed driving offences.speeding

Based on’s own data, we've identified the Land Rover Discovery HSE V6 TD and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE TD6 as the cars that are most likely to have been involved in exceeding the statutory speed limit on a public road.

Meanwhile, the drivers who’ve been caught on their phone or hand-held device, when their eyes should have been on the road, are more likely to be driving a Ford Galaxy Zetec, a BMW XSI Sport or a Volkswagen Polo e 60.

Most likely to have been caught uninsured in the past are the drivers of the Vauxhall Astra Edition 16V Coupe, meanwhile Audi A3 drivers (S3 FSI t Quattro) are the top traffic light jumpers.

Government estimates put the number of British people driving without insurance at 1.4m**, and have identified this as one factor in the rising costs of car insurance.

Percentage of vehicle owners who have exceeded the statutory speed limit on a public road:

Land Rover Discovery HSE V6 TD  26%
Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE TD6 20%
BMW 320 DM Sport 20%
Ford S-Max Titanium TDCI 20%
Ford Mondeo Titanium X TDCI (140) 19%
Vauxhall Insignia SRI CDTI (158) 19%
Mercedes E320 Avant Garde 19%
Mini Cooper TD 19%

Percentage of drivers who’ve been caught for the use of a hand-held device while driving:

Ford Galaxy Zetec TDI 1.94%
BMW XS I Sport 1.77%
VW Polo E (60) 1.72%
Mercedes ML 270 CDI 1.63%
Mercedes E320 Avant Garde CDI 1.60%
BMW X5 D Sport 1.56%
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 1.47%

We also looked at the cars topping the charts for other driving offences:

Car Model Worst For
Audi A3 S3 FSI t Quattro Failing to comply with traffic light signals
Peugeot 106 GTI Driving without due care and attention
Vauxhall Astra Edition 16V Coupe Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks
Citroen Saxo VTR Driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit
Landrover Range Rover Sport HSE TD6  Exceeding speed limit on a motorway
Vauxhall Zafira Design DTI Using a vehicle with defective tyres

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at says:

"The rules of the road are designed to help shape our driving habits and to maximise road safety.  Our research has nevertheless shown that driving legally is clearly a challenge to a significant proportion of drivers.”

“Keeping on the right side of the law will obviously help to not only minimise the cost of your insurance but also help keep you on the road and keep the roads safe”.


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*All calculations in this press release are based on claims in the last five years and taken from all unique quotes from between 1/06/2011-30/11/2011 – a total of more than 4,000,000 quotes. Only vehicles with at least 1,000 unique quotes are included in this analysis. Claims have to be reported from up to 5 years before the quote date and are only included if the claim date is after the purchase date of the car.

** The cost of motor insurance: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2010-12 - Transport Committee, September 2011,

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