Honda is streets ahead on reliability
EIGHT of the top 10 most reliable car brands in Britain are Japanese.
Honda has won the title of the most reliable brand for the seventh consecutive year in the annual What Car? magazine and Warranty Direct study.
It also found that expensive premium cars such as Audi, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz break down more often.
Honda has a one-in-10 chance of breaking down over a 12-month period, closely followed by Toyota and Lexus with 17-18 per cent failure rate, according to the British research based on 50,000 warranty policies on cars aged three to 10 years.
Land Rover is the UK’s least reliable manufacturer, with 71 per cent of cars breaking down at least once every year.
An earlier study by Warranty Direct found the most reliable family car in the UK is the Toyota Corolla, followed by Honda’s Civic and its Accord.
Australia’s most popular car last year, the Mazda3, was the fourth most reliable car and the Toyota Prius was the only hybrid in the top 10.
The least reliable car was the Renault Espace, followed by the Mercedes R-Class. French manufacturers produced five of the 10 least reliable cars.
The most common failure was in the axle and suspen- sion thanks to potholed roads, accounting for onein-four breakdowns.
Electrical gremlins are the second most likely cause of an unwanted garage bill, with less than one-in-four drivers reporting problems.
Warranty Direct boss Duncan McClure Fisher says cars are becoming in- creasingly complex, with lots of electronic gadgets, especially on expensive executive models.
‘‘Owners of these cars pay over the odds for the premium badge, but our study shows they could also be paying over the odds just to keep the car on the road,’’ Mr Fisher said.
The Honda Civic is one of the most reliable cars on the road according to a UK survey