Fiesta Dominates Top Ten List

Wed 5th Jan 2022

The Ford Fiesta lost its almost perennial title of Britain’s most popular car in 2021, but for those who are on the wrong side of the law, the hot hatchback is still top of the list.

New DVLA data published this week has revealed that of the 43,603 vehicles reported stolen up the end of November 2021, the Ford Fiesta was the most popular for car thieves, with 418 stolen. In a top ten list dominated by Ford, which is either great news for Ford because it means they are highly sought after, or bad news if you consider they seem an easy target, the Fiesta Zetec is top of the list, joined by the Turbo edition in eighth place (204 stolen). Ford also sees the Fiesta Titanium Turbo (351), Fiesta Titanium X (311) and the Fiesta ST-2 Turbo (300) complete the top five, with only the Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6 (315) breaking the top five domination of the Fiesta.

In fact, the top ten list includes seven various trims of the Fiesta, which clearly means that thieves are having a party at the expense of Ford owners. The Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic SDV6 (174) and BMW 520D M Sport (131) complete the top ten line-up of shame.

Speaking about the list, John Wilmot whose company gathered the data following a Freedom of Information request said: “The Ford Fiesta may be about to lose its title as the best selling car in the UK but it still retains the unenviable title as the most stolen car in Britain.

“While the Range Rover Sport, one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market, has been targeted by sophisticated criminal gangs who have the knowledge and keyless tech to gain entry.

If you take the right precautions you can avoid becoming a victim of car thieves - and that goes for any car owners.

“Always make sure your car is locked before you walk away and check that it’s locked at night. Think about upgrading the security on your car; this could include fitting an alarm, immobiliser and tracking system.

“Consider another layer of security in the form of a steering wheel lock, which also acts as an effective visual deterrent.”

Analysis suggests that the final total of stolen cars in 2021 will top the 46,876 figure of 2020, but will be down on the pre-pandemic total of 58,642 stolen in 2019.