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Honda keeps crown as UK’s most reliable used car manufacturer

Honda has retained its status as the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, research suggests.

The Japanese manufacturer topped the What Car? annual survey of 37 manufacturers, which analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year old vehicles.

Once again, Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominated the annual study of the most reliable brands, with Suzuki and Toyota claiming second and third place.

Encouragingly for other manufacturers however, Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10.  

At the opposite end of the scale, luxury and prestige marques Bentley and Porsche are the most likely to break down.

What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “Honda’s success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. However, when things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix.

“Reliability is always one of the key attributes buyers look for when considering a used car purchase, so manufacturers that consistently demonstrate durability will always do well with the consumer.”

Warranty Direct’s reliability index analysed by What Car? experts, calculates each vehicle’s reliability using a complex formula that takes into account its failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair. The lower the RI number, the more trustworthy the car. 

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “Household budgets continue to be stretched further in the current economic climate; the last thing people need is a car that costs them money they don’t have in unwanted bills.

“It is imperative that consumers research their intended purchases thoroughly before taking the plunge. Not taking the time to look over something as easy to use as our Reliability Index could mean making the wrong choice and inadvertently landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.” 

Overall, the most reliable models are the Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer, both of which also carry reasonable average repair costs. The least reliable model, the Audi RS6, is also the most costly to fix, with an eye-watering average repair bill of £1003.25

Electrical faults are the most common across all cars, acting as the catalyst which sends almost a quarter (22.34%) of vehicles to the garage. Axle and suspension faults are also common, affecting 22% of cars. Air conditioning is the cause of least concern to motorists, being reported by a minimal 3% of owners.

Reliability rating of all manufacturers

Position

Make

Ave Mileage

RI

Average Cost (£)

Highest Cost (£)

1

Honda

50,892.73

41

335.87

2,913.40

2

Suzuki

39,280.27

48

256.04

1,684.84

3

Toyota

50,641.03

66

378.22

5,020.00

4=

Chevrolet

35,956.80

82

258.15

2,118.90

4=

Mazda

47,649.48

82

398.42

4,546.94

6

Ford

53,214.21

85

289.74

8,014.33

7

Lexus

53,305.39

89

415.90

5,699.94

8

Skoda

50,675.24

90

292.84

3,854.76

9=

Hyundai

53,281.01

94

318.54

4,637.66

9=

Nissan

48,738.90

94

367.19

20,747.88

9=

Subaru

56,991.20

94

456.75

3,933.45

12=

Daewoo

40,148.60

97

263.82

1,170.37

12=

Peugeot

49,787.60

97

284.62

4,975.00

14

Fiat

43,219.17

98

268.35

2,520.90

15

Citroën

48,805.54

105

311.58

4,026.40

16

Smart

37,672.35

108

291.75

2,544.00

17

Mitsubishi

52,882.69

109

456.29

4,832.59

18

Kia

49,608.72

114

390.01

4,056.00

19

Vauxhall

52,546.81

123

310.07

15,000.00

20

SEAT

51,710.06

125

299.11

5,993.08

21

Renault

48,537.36

130

262.42

4,711.75

22

Mini

44,017.29

136

380.74

4,721.72

23

Volkswagen

54,982.88

137

345.94

5,657.38

24

Rover

44,873.26

150

362.73

3,217.40

25

Volvo

60,664.66

151

377.35

5,604.10

26

Saab

56,991.42

158

327.4

8,862.35

27

Land Rover

67,011.84

162

428.47

15,350.00

28=

BMW

58,174.77

180

447.18

35,000.00

28=

MG

38,370.18

180

401.96

3,901.46

30

Jaguar

50,879.61

185

419.57

9,347.00

31

SsangYong

49,884.41

211

431.55

2661.39

32

Mercedes-Benz

54,341.10

215

452.7

16,115.38

33

Chrysler

52,454.94

221

399.47

3,747.22

34

Audi

59,054.52

223

515.41

15,438.42

35

Jeep

52,582.81

227

439.89

3,694.00

36

Porsche

41,829.73

380

784.71

10,348.00

37

Bentley

38,113.59

637

678.5

8406.65

 


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