| 12th September 2011
Parents opt for premium cars when it comes to dropping their children at school.
The BMW X5 is the most desirable car for the school run, as parents' fight feelings of inadequacy at the school gates.
BMW's SUV topped a recent survey where more than 600 parents were asked to name the car they'd most like to be seen in outside the school gates. With 19 per cent of all votes cast, the X5 was the runaway leader, five per cent ahead of the Mini Countryman in second place.
Completing the top three was the Mercedes CLK cabriolet with 12 per cent of the votes, ranking above the Range Rover and the Ford S-Max - one of the more obvious choices for the school run.
The top ten was dominated by high-end premium cars with a particular focus on SUVs and crossovers, which, according to MumPoll.com, was down to a battle for supremacy at the school gates with mums intent to 'get one up' on other parents where 'average', volume cars, don't quite cut the mustard.
That reflects in the average price of the cars that feature in the top ten compiled by Tesco Cars' survey. That figure stood at £31,920 which is some £3,000 more than the average new car price in the UK despite the list including the £9,800 Fiat 500 and taking the entry-level list price of all the models included.
Five of the top ten cost more than the average new car in the UK while six of the top ten most wished for cars at the school gates were SUVs and crossovers.
Top ten cars for the school run
1 BMW X5 19%
2 MINI Countryman 14%
3 Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet 13%
4 = Range Rover 12%
4 = Ford S-Max 12%
6 Porsche Cayenne 8%
7 = Volvo XC90 7%
7 = Nissan Qashqai 7%
9 = Fiat 500 4%
9 = Toyota Prius 4%
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