2012′s most (and least) reliable cars revealed
People invest in motorcars never expecting them to break down. When they do, the problem can range from something minor to a major vehicle-off-road situation. Ascertaining which of the myriad of brands for sale in the UK is the most dependable, is not easy. Yet, every year for the past fifteen, Warranty Direct has published the findings of its annual reliability survey into cars aged between three and ten years of age and the Japanese manufacturers have been consistent performers.
Nothing has changed for this year, with the top five manufacturers all originating from Japan, although it is satisfying to know that several of those have major assembly plants in the UK. Yet, several of the better known premium brands languish in the bottom ten of the 36-strong list, with one well-known 4×4 manufacturer residing on rock bottom, with a 71% potential of incurring a breakdown at least once every year. When times are tough and money is tight, the survey does suggest that reliability should be a factor of the purchasing decision.
The following list has been provided by Warranty Direct:
6=. Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Mazda
12=. Ford, Skoda
15=. Peugeot, Daewoo, Smart
20=. Seat, Volkswagen, Volvo, Porsche
27=. Rover, Jaguar
31=. Saab, Chrysler
33=. Renault, Jeep
35. Alfa Romeo
36. Land Rover