There are some cars that are so common on our roads they just become part of the background. Repmobiles and superminis that sell in their millions and seem to be everywhere all the time. But even for ubiquitous models like the Ford Mondeo, it turns out that the clock is ticking and they will one day vanish. To see how long some of the UK’s most popular cars have left, insurer Adrian Flux looked at the numbers of licensed vehicles for each quarter from the beginning of 2010 and use this to work out how quickly they are disappearing from our roads. Based on that it created a projection as far ahead as 2029 to see when these best-sellers will vanish for good.
5. Fiat Punto
Extinct by: Q4 2023. Another former big-seller already on its last legs. The Punto was still on sale in 2017 but within six years of sales ending it may have disappeared completely. Insert your own joke about Italian cars and rust here.
Extinct by: Q1 2029. Not to be confused with the impressive new model, this is the old Corolla, sold in the UK until 2006. Thanks to Toyota's reputation for reliability it'll be the end of the 2020s before the last of those shuffles off
7. Toyota Avensis
Extinct by: Q1 2028. The Corolla's larger, even less interesting stablemate looks like it will be almost as long-lived. Practical, reliable and devoid of any character, the Avensis just keeps on motoring
8. Peugeot 307
Extinct by: Q4 2022. The 307 never sold in the same numbers as the smaller 206 and 207, and with nearly 8,000 per quarter being taken off the road the Ford Focus rival is an increasingly rare sight