Honda is streets ahead on re­li­a­bil­ity

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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

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