Britain’s favourite car is the super mini, according to new research from Experian based on used car statistics.
The company found that vehicles such as the Nissan Micra and Renault Clio have sold more than family cars the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra over the first half of 2007.
Lower running costs in the face of mounting personal debt mean that the news is "not surprising" to Experian automotive division managing director Kirk Fletcher.
He believes that "the benefits of a smaller car are becoming more apparent to car buyers".
The firm added that 78 per cent of all used super minis bought were more than three years old, which means drivers may want to have the vehicle checked out before they take the plunge and buy it.
Money charity Credit Action has revealed that the UK’s personal debt mountain is now more than £1.3 billion.