According to Tracker, which recovered more than £12.5m worth of stolen vehicles alone last year, its 2012 figures show that the BMW X5 has remained the top favourite among thieves since 2011.
Results also show that the Range Rover Vogue and Sport are the second most stolen and recovered vehicles, revealing an increase from 2011 when Land Rover was in seventh position.
Meanwhile, the BMW M3 has also moved up from sixth in 2011 to third on the list of most stolen and recovered vehicles in 2012.
In 2011, BMW occupied the top three spots, with the 1 Series and 3 Series taking second and third places. Today, the BMW 3 Series is in equal fourth with the Audi RS4.
Mercedes was a key target for thieves in 2012, with the SLK and ML in fifth and sixth place, followed by the CLS and E Class in joint seventh.
Police Liaison officer for Tracker, Stuart Chapman, said: ‘It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £70,000.’
He added: ‘The average value of the cars we recovered in 2012 was just £25,500 and a number were below £5,000, confirming that you don’t have to own a luxury car to be at risk from thieves looking to make a fast profit.’