Jan 192006
 

MicraSuperminis remain the most popular new models accounting for 1 in 3 new cars sold – but which are the most reliable used bargains?

It probably comes as no surprise that Nissan’s Micra (last generation 1998-02) will be the least problematic, according to Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.co.uk), the independent automotive warranty specialist.

The Reliability Index calculates the cost of repair against the number of garage visits to provide a real-world reflection of the true price of keeping a car on the road. The total data base is from 45,000 Warranty Direct policies.

The Sunderland built Micra records reliability Index Rating of just 7.99, presenting an average bill of £88.83 to the owner. Brake problems account for a whopping 73 percent of all mechanical failures.

The sectors best selling model, Ford’s evergreen Fiesta badge, comes next with a rating of 40.78 – thanks to a low cost of repair but a 1 in 4 chance of visiting the garage. The largest bill paid out on a Fiesta by Warranty Direct last year was £1,556.88.

Driving school favourite, the Vauxhall’s Corsa (2000-on), is third, with a Reliability Index of 48.36, does however suffer from above average repair bills at £219.84.

 

Pos.

Model

Reliability   Index

Average   Repair Cost

Largest   Repair Cost paid by Warranty Direct

1

Nissan Micra (1998-02)

7.99

£88.83

£205.32

2

Ford Fiesta (1996-02)

40.78

£163.12

£1,556.88

3

Vauxhall Corsa (2000-on)

48.36

£219.84

£768.99

4

Fiat Punto (1999-03)

48.65

£211.51

£1,442.03

5

VW Polo (2000-on)

50.22

£209.26

£866.25

6

Citroen Saxo (1996-04)

53.20

£212.80

£991.08

7

Peugeot 206 (1998-on)

53.58

£172.84

£751.53

8

Skoda Fabia (2000-on)

67.98

£219.28

£1,209.70

9

Rover 25 (1999-05)

75.64

£398.12

£2,360.44

10

Renault Clio (1998-05)

92.22

£368.86

£1,886.15

 

The Top Five Supermini selection is completed by the former Car of the Year, the Fiat Punto, which is just behind the Corsa with a rating of 48.65 and Volkswagen’s Polo (2000-on).

Peugeot’s Coventry built 206 may be the most popular privately bought car in the UK, but thanks to electrical blips, Warranty Direct claims run at 3 in 10, holding it back in the list.

And when it does go wrong, supermini sized cars tend to suffer axle and suspension related failures. It is the biggest issue for 5 out of the ten cars analysed.  Other common complaints were electrical faults, transmission failure and concerns with the braking system.

Full listing of models available at www.reliabilityindex.co.uk