May 282012
 

Toyota CorollaWith June approaching and the British ‘staycation’ making a comeback this year*, new research reveals the UK’s most dependable family car for the summer holidays: the Toyota Corolla (’01-’07).

The analysis – based on around 30,000 of Warranty Direct’s policies – shows that the UK-built Corolla (Burnaston factory, Derby) is the most likely to deliver the whole family to its holiday destination without skipping a beat – just 7% break down each year, on average.

At the other end of the scale, the Renault Espace (‘02-‘12) and Mercedes R-Class (’06-) are the most likely to leave your precious cargo stranded, with three quarters of all owners suffering unwanted garage bills.

The latest Warranty Direct study analysed three to five-year-old cars from the small family, family and MPV categories.

Honda’s Civic (’06-) and Accord (’02-’08) are also among the most dependable family vehicles, both with claim rates of 10% but separated by the Accord’s more costly maintenance bills.

Top 10 most reliable family-sized cars

Make

Model

Range

Claim / break down rate

Largest claim

Sector

Most common reason for claim

Toyota Corolla (01 – 07)

7

£1,397.96 Small Family Axle & Suspension
Honda Civic (06 – )

10

£980.10 Small Family Electrical
Honda Accord (02 – 08)

10

£1,658.80 Family Engine issues
Mazda 3 (04 – 09)

10

£1,672.04 Small Family Braking System
Toyota Auris (07 – )

11

£528.22 Small Family Cooling & heating System
Toyota Prius (03 – 09)

12

£3,257.87 Family Axle & Suspension
Ford C-Max (07 – )

14

£828.90 MPV Electrical
Ford Mondeo (07 – )

15

£1,130.80 Family Electrical
Nissan Qashqai (07 – )

16

£1,066.00 Family Electrical
Peugeot 308 (07 – )

16

£728.80 Small Family Electrical

Used car buyers looking for a reliable family vehicle should also consider the Mazda 3 and another UK-built car, the Toyota Auris (’07-).

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Most cars will go wrong at some stage but there’s nothing worse than the family’s excitement at setting off on holiday being destroyed by a morning spent on the hard shoulder.

“And, as well as the inconvenience to your holiday, a breakdown can also put a serious dent in your wallet.”

Electrical issues and axle and suspension troubles cause the majority of claims, with the latter often a result of a collision with a pothole or other road defect.

The only European manufacturer to make Warranty Direct’s top 10 rundown is Peugeot, with its 308 – the majority hail from Japan. In contrast, no Asian manufacturers feature in the 10 least reliable vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Peugeot 807 attracted the largest individual bill with a claim for repairs totaling nearly £5,000.

Top 10 least reliable family-sized cars

Make

Model

Range

Claim / break down rate (%)

Largest claim

Sector

Most common reason for claim

Renault Espace (02 – )

74

£2,756.88 MPV Axle & suspension
Mercedes R-Class (06 – )

74

£1,815.68 MPV Electrical issues
Vauxhall Vectra (02 – 09)

57

£2,524.00 Family Axle & suspension
Renault Grand Scenic/Scenic (04 – 09)

57

£2,421.96 MPV Electrical issues
Renault Megane (02 – 09)

56

£2,250.00 Small Family Electrical issues
Skoda Superb (02 – 08)

55

£3,690.71 Family Axle & suspension
Peugeot 807 (02 – )

48

£4,975.00 MPV Cooling & heating system
Volkswagen Passat (05 – )

47

£2,224.09 Family Axle & suspension
Peugeot 407 (04 – )

46

£3,701.25 Family Braking System
Volkswagen Touran (03 – )

46

£2,595.19 MPV Axle & suspension

Up-to-date vehicle reliability information can be found at any time at Warranty Direct’s www.reliabilityindex.com website.

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information or for a quote, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.