Honda is the most reliable manufacturer for the ninth year running, while luxury and prestige marks languish at the bottom of the table
At the other end of the 37-strong table of manufacturers, Honda was crowned the most reliable manufacturer for the ninth year in a row.
Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominate the top of the annual table, which looks at used rather than new cars, with Suzuki and Toyota taking the second and third positions. Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10 compiled by What Car? and Warranty Direct.
What Car? said: “At the opposite end of the scale, luxury and prestige marques Bentley and Porsche are the most likely to break down.”
The Honda Jazz was the most reliable model, according to the survey
Jim Holder, editor, 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.”
The list was compiled from 50,000 live insurance policies of cars aged between three and eight years old.
The study ranks manufacturers by taking into account each vehicle’s failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair.
Overall, the most reliable models were the Honda Jazz and the Mitsubishi Lancer, both of which also had relatively modest average repair costs.
Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10 compiled by What Car? and Warranty Direct, providers of the Telegraph Warranty Service
Electrical faults and trouble with the axle or suspension were the most common problems (ALAMY)
The least reliable model was the Audi RS6 which was also the most costly to fix, with an average repair bill of £1,003.
Electrical trouble was the most common gripe across all cars, accounting for more than 22 per cent of visits to garages. Axle and suspension faults also proved troublesome, affecting a similar percentage of cars. Air conditioning was one of the least problematic parts of the car, accounting for only three per cent of trips to the garage.
Luxury marques appear towards the bottom of the table both because they were liable to break down more often, but also because repairs can be expensive and parts difficult and time consuming to source.
The average repair bill for a Honda was £335.87, while the cost for a Bentley was £678.50 and for a Porsche £784.71
David Gerrans, managing director of Warranty Direct, 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.
He said failing to research a car’s reliability could leave motorists “making the wrong choice and inadvertently landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.”
Honda, which manufactures hundreds of cars a day at its plant in Swindon, has dominated the table for years.
This year is not the first time either that Bentley, whose list prices can reach up to £224,700 for the Mulsanne 6.75 V8, has found itself at the bottom of the table.
The firm hit back at the survey, saying it was “not an accurate reflection of the Bentley ownership experience, as it covers less than four per cent of the Bentley vehicles of comparable age on the road in the UK”.
It also said it was skewed against luxury brands.
A spokesman said: “It also fails to include any comparable high luxury brands as a benchmark. Due to the very high quality materials and components used throughout our vehicles, the cost of owning and maintaining a Bentley is never going to be directly comparable with the other cars in this survey.”
Porsche also criticised the rankings, saying they were drawn from just two per cent of similarly aged Porsches on the road.
A spokesman said Porsche models had topped other industry surveys for design and performance.