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.