BMW drivers more likely to cheat?

2012-04-19 13:04

It's not enough that BMW drivers carry the (admittedly deserved) stigma of "not using indicators" now owners of the German automaker's rides have been called out as "most likely to cheat".

That's according to an online dating site, Illicit Encounters.

In a survey it claims had 640 000 respondents, members voted owners of the Bavarian brand as most likely to have an extra-marital affair.


The survey found that 19.21% of male members who admitted to being unfaithful were BMW owners. Audi came in second as the choice of car for cheating partners with 8.79%, followed by Mercedes (8.23%), Jaguar (6.59%) and Land Rover (4.94%).

Illicit Encounters spokesperson Rosie Freeman-Jones said: "There's an intrinsic link between success and cheating. Successful people are often risk-takers, and have got to where they are by setting their standards high.

"However, these people are also less likely to settle for unsatisfying relationships or monotony," she said.

Cheating female partners also preferred BMWs with a score of 11.16%.

According to the survey, car owners least likely to cheat on their partners are those who drive Renaults (0.28%), Fiats and Chryslers (0.55% each).

  • Andre - 2012-04-19 13:41

    All BMW DRivers is like thè Taxi-drivers! They drive like they own the streets! Arshls!

      Christopher - 2012-04-23 09:38

      I wouldn't say all, but the biggest BMW culprits tend to be the ones driving the older than the current models. Most likely those who buy them second-hand.

  • Prince - 2012-04-19 14:07

    That's why I drive a Merc....

  • manningi1 - 2012-04-19 14:16

    KIA? Don't we feature? Very boring!!

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-19 14:35

    What a load of bull. I'd hardly call an online dating site reliable enough to write an article about a survey they've done. It's a shame that people will actually eat it up. I drive a BMW and it's shocking the amount of people who want to race me the whole time. What for?? What do have to prove??? I'm sorry... but from where I'm sitting, these racers and people are the "Arshls" because of their narrow minded view and prejudice. People who drive like idiots will drive like an idiot in any vehicle, even bikes. BMW has nothing to do with it. People only notice the wrong doings of BMW's on the road because of their stereotyped beliefs. This is actually the same as hating someone because of where they're from. This isn't high school... grow up.

      ludlowdj - 2012-04-19 15:19

      So we are to assume you paid for the optional extra's and had indicators installed?

      Nicholas - 2012-04-19 15:37

      Interestingly enough they came standard... like all other BMW's. I know right!? I was shocked too...

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-04-19 14:50

    BMW drivers are at least truthfull........

  • WimpieN - 2012-04-19 14:56

    If a Landy owner trades in for a BMW he spend less time under his Landy and more time on his mistress! It is like selling an Alfa. You have to start thinking of things to do over weekends....

  • Philip - 2012-04-19 15:36

    People do things regardless of what they drive! Just because I drive a BMW do this mean that I have really forgotten how to use my indicators? "That's according to an online dating site..." - hmm, maybe this is where this statistic is going wrong to begin with, a dating site! LOL

  • Ford.Kop1 - 2012-04-19 18:36

    Trust me young beautiful women driving Fiat's, Clio's and Mini's etc. are more likely to cheat and the reciever of that will be in for a real treat. On the other hand Bmw drivers are average in their 40's to 50's and beyond. Unless you looking for a sugar mommy or a sugar daddy... Then boys and girls look no further.

  • Peter - 2012-04-19 21:01

    Jealousy makes you nasty neh.

  • john.oxley1 - 2012-04-19 21:13

    Yes, whenever I get into a BMW I get this overwhelming need to find a loose woman. Have to sit in a Kia for a while to get rid of it!

  • Morne - 2012-04-19 22:06

    This website is probably American or French, both are morons

  • Ebon - 2012-04-20 11:29

    Just because someone drives a BMW does not mean they fit the stereotype, and it is foolish to judge anyone based on the car they drive. However there have been a few studies over the years that have found a statistical correlation between car choice and behaviour. All that this means is that people who cheat on their partners are more likely to find a BMW appealing than another car. And this should not be surprising because BMW have specifically created their cars to appeal to certain emotional elements of the human psyche. They even say it in their marketting "Sheer Driving Pleasure". Having an affair is about pleasure. Driving a BMW is about pleasure. Why then be surprised that the same group of people would be attracted to both?

  • Nathi - 2012-04-20 11:38

    I'm so glad I drive a Nissan GTR. Don't have to deal with these issues. People don't try and race me, cause they know they would lose, even the Ferrari & Porsche owners give respect.

  • Tebogo Kingsley Nterejane - 2012-04-24 15:57

    what abt VW drivers. these guys take the cup here in RSA.

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