In fact, it’s even worse than that. Of the 640,000 yes, 640,000! members of the site, uh, polled, a significant 19.21% of them drive a BMW. That’s very nearly a fifth.
The second most popular car brand amongst wandering husbands is apparently Audi, as driven by 8.79%. In third place is Mercedes, preferred by 8.23%. Jaguar (6.59%) and Land Rover (4.94%) round out the top five.
As for cheating wives they prefer BMWs, too. 11.16% of all female respondents drive this particular brand. Maybe it’s something about the smell of the interior plastics...
The survey also shows which brands are favoured least by adulterers.
If you’re looking to find a more faithful long-term companion, here’s a heads up: only 0.28% of people on the site drive SEATs or Renaults. MG is favoured by just 0.53%, and Fiat and Chrysler by just 0.55%.
Don’t blame us. Or BMW. According to Illicit Encounters spokesperson Rosie Freeman-Jones:
“There is 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.
“With this in mind, the fact that BMWs are the choice car of our users really doesn’t surprise me. Our membership demographic is typically middle-class, high-earning and high-achieving.”
So now you know.