Japanese and French brands produce Europe’s most reliable cars, according to new research by Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index.
Warranty Direct has put together its own league table of which countries develop the most dependable motors. The vehicles analysed were an average of five years old with mileages of around 50,000.
Japanese brands are most susceptible to axle and suspension problems, responsible for an average 25% of faults. French and South Korean vehicles however are more likely to develop electrical faults, at 29% and 22% of cases respectively.
MOST RELIABLE COUNTRIES
|Country||Rank||Warranty Direct Average Reliability Index||Most Common Faults (Average % of faults)|
|Japan||1||80||Axle & Suspension (25%)|
|South Korea||3||123||Electrical (22%)|
|USA||4||156||Axle & Suspension (23%)|
|Italy||7||170.5||Axle & Suspension (29%)|
|United Kingdom||8||209||Axle & Suspension (26%)|
It’s not all bad for the UK – despite its home brands scoring low for reliability, Japanese manufacturers Honda and Nissan both have successful models built in Britain. The Nissan Qashqai is produced in Sunderland, while the Honda Civic rolls out of Swindon. MINI also scored well for reliability and, despite being owned by the BMW Group, its cars are manufactured in Oxford.