Young drivers are having to save up to be able to afford sporty cars such as Porsches and Aston Martins – so much so that they don’t buy one until they are close to middle-aged.
The average age of a Porsche owner is 39 years of age, with DB7 ‘James Bond’ Aston Martin owners averaging 42.
Audi Quattro owners, after the ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes’ television programmes are even older – averaging 46 years of age.
Reliant Robins – as seen on the TV programme ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – have owners who are much younger than the Del Boy character associated with it, averaging 35 years. Ironically, 35 years of age is also the average for a car usually thought of as driven by pensioners – the Nissan Micra.
Owners in their early thirties tend to be attracted to Fiats, Peugeots or Minis.
Paul Baxter of Tescocompare.com said: "This research has thrown up some surprising results – with cars we think are normally owned by the young having a surprisingly high typical age and vice-versa.
"It seems the image of the driver created by car manufacturing advertising campaigns is not always the reality. Just because you are turning 40 and want to splash out on a Porsche doesn’t mean you need to pay as much for your insurance as all other Porsche drivers; Regardless of what age you are and what car you drive – you should shop around to make sure you get the cheapest and most appropriate insurance for you."
And those concerned by climate change, who buy hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, are really ageing hippies -the average age of a Prius owner is 50 years old.