Just because a car's a real headline grabber doesn't mean that it will be one of the most popular online reviews of the year, however. For it to attain those heady heights requires enduring and wide-ranging appeal.
So, we've trawled through our traffic reports – encompassing both standard and high-performance derivatives – to find out just which cars made their way into the top 10 reviews list this year. Will a predictable champion take the top spot, or will it be something unexpected? Find out below.
Just pipping the almighty McLaren P1 into 10th place is the latest version of the C-class. Its popularity with company car and private owners alike guaranteed it a place here, as many were keen to find out how the newest iteration of Mercedes' compact luxury saloon fared against the indomitable BMW 3-series.
A seven-year warranty, economical diesel engines, a spacious interior, stacks of kit and the option of four-wheel drive makes the Sportage an appealing option. It wasn't as good to drive as the Skoda Yeti or Nissan Qashqai but, overall, it was a great package for cost-conscious buyers.
The Ford Kuga has always stood out in the crossover class, thanks to its engaging and athletic handling. This, the second generation, might not be as roomy or as capable off road as some of its rivals, but it offered a blend of abilities that was hard to beat.
Many were aghast when Porsche announced its entry to the SUV market with the Cayenne. It was a huge success, though, and the company flourished. When a smaller SUV called the Macan was revealed, people were keen to see if it, too, would be just as successful – and the web traffic poured in. Porsche describes the Macan as "the sports car among compact SUVs". It's not wrong.
Consistently the best-selling car in the UK, painless to live with and great to drive. Accolades don't get much higher than that. Even newer rivals, such as the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, have failed to usurp it from the number one spot. That's not to say it excels everywhere, mind, but it's unquestionably an impressive overall package.
The third-generation Leon might be perceived by some as yet another Volkswagen Group MQB spin-off but – thanks to its sharp styling and more sporting character – it's a distinctive and entertaining offering. Consequently, it has proving a popular choice with those researching their next hatchback. Three-door, estate and high-performance Cupra versions further bolster its appeal.
Yes, the oft-appropriate answer to the long-standing question of "which car should I buy?" makes it into the number four spot. No surprise, really; the Golf is one of the best hatchbacks in the world. It's easy to drive, gratifying to own and – as a result – immensely popular.