A study of 50,000 cars by Warranty Direct has revealed that European cars are more inclined to fail and cost more to repair when they do.
Far Eastern car makers took the top 10 spots in the reliability league table of cars aged 3 to 8 years old.
The least reliable car of the lot turned out to be the 02-registered Range Rover, with 56 % of the cars failing over a 12 month period and leaving their owners with a typical repair bill of over £500.
At the other end of the scale the failure rate of the Honda Jazz was only 8 % and the owners were left with a somewhat more sensible repair bill of around £200.
According to the survey 55 % of Land Rovers needed repairs over a period of 1 year in contrast to 46 % of Alfa Romeos and 45 % of Renaults.
Fewer than 1 in 10 Hondas went wrong, while Toyota came 2nd in the reliability league table with 14 % needing repair, 1 % less than Suzuki, which came in 3rd place.
The robust performance of Honda and Toyota provided at least some good news for Britain with both firms making a substantial number of vehicles at their plants in Swindon and Burnaston, Derbyshire.
“Car buying is a tricky business, but all most people want is hassle-free motoring,” said Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher,
“While our study is the most comprehensive of its kind, we won’t see robust data on the very latest cars to be launched. We’ll have to wait around three years for that – nobody has a crystal ball to assess cars launched recently.”
Jaguar Land Rover (naturally ebough) dismissed the results of the study, “This survey’s results are not representative of either the current product offering or the real progress Land Rover is making in terms of overall quality and reliability,” a spokesman said.
An Alfa Romeo spokesman also defended the company’s cars.
“Recent independent industry surveys have indicated that Alfa Romeo’s actual and perceived quality has been steadily improving in recent years,” a spokesman said. “Warranty Direct’s results, as used in the What Car? reliability survey, do not reflect Alfa Romeo’s latest products, such as the MiTo and Giulietta ranges.
Renault also disputed the findings. “In their latest claims, Warranty Direct do not specify the actual number of each model in relation to the number of policies on their books, nor the number of vehicles per manufacturer,” a spokesman said.
Source: Daily Telegraph