British and French brands produce Europe’s most reliable cars, according to research by Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index.
The vehicles analysed were an average of five years old with mileages of around 50,000.
British brand Vauxhall, topped the table with its diminutive Agila model the most reliable European-badged car on the road.
French manufacturers, Peugeot and Citroen completed the top three, with their similarly small 107 and C1 superminis.
Swedish, Spanish, German and Czech brands also won places in the top 10 reliability rankings with Volvo, SEAT, Volkswagen, Smart and Skoda.
Vauxhall’s Agila is most likely to incur issues with its axle and suspension, accounting for an average of 30% of its faults.
The cooling and heating system is responsible for 44% of the Peugeot 107’s downtime; with fellow French carmaker Citroen finding most of the issues in its C1 derive from the electrics.