Mar 202011
 

Peugot 207As Europe’s leading motoring showcase, the Geneva Motor Show, comes to a close, Warranty Direct has revealed that the most reliable car to come out of our great continent is the Peugeot 207.

It might not be a show-stopper like the Lamborghini Aventador launched at Geneva, but the diminutive French hatchback is certainly dependable, with only one in 17 breaking down in an average year.

Warranty Direct analysed more than 20,000 live policies on European cars* aged 3 to 7 years for its Reliability Index website (www.reliabilityindex.com).

At the other end of the scale, 47% of the Mercedes SL models covered by Warranty Direct recorded a fault, with 36% of those suspension-related.

Top 10 most reliable European cars 

Make

Model

Reliability   Index Rating

Incident   Rate

Average   Repair Cost (£)

1

Peugeot

207   (06-)

22

6%

331.92

2

Fiat

Panda   (04-)

28

14%

195.95

3

Peugeot

206 CC (00-07)

32

17%

185.40

4

Volkswagen

Polo   (05-)

35

18%

190.48

5

Renault

Clio   (05-)

36

21%

173.40

6

Volkswagen

Beetle   (99-)

39

20%

198.25

7

Smart

Forfour   (04-07)

48

25%

194.67

8

Volvo

S40   (04-)

51

23%

223.13

9

Peugeot

107   (05-)

54

21%

248.46

10

Mercedes-Benz

SLK (96-04)

55

18%

296.73

 

Fiat’s Panda is the second most reliable, with only 14% of owners likely to have to pay for repairs, followed by another Peugeot, the 206 CC, which, as well as needing relatively little attention, is also cheap to repair when it does go wrong, costing on average £185 to put right.

The Renault Clio is the cheapest to repair at £173 on average, while the most expensive single claim among the bottom five cars was £7,239 for a BMW 7-Series fault.

To measure a car’s overall reliability and running costs, Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index reviews rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost to calculate its rating, called Reliability Index.

Top 5 least reliable European cars

Make

Model

Reliability Index Rating

Incident Rate

Average Repair Cost (£)

1

Mercedes-Benz

SL (02-)

349

47%

742.10

2

Land Rover

Range Rover (02-)

264

53%

499.43

3

Renault

Espace (02-)

264

54%

491.26

4

Mercedes-Benz

S-Class (06-)

239

47%

505.22

5

BMW

7 Series (01-08)

232

45%

514.40

 

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Some people might be surprised to see Fiat and Peugeot claiming the top three positions, but the data doesn’t lie – these cars are very dependable – It’s perhaps less surprising to see a couple of VWs in the top 10.

“Running a car is a costly business, particularly when a car moves into its fourth and fifth year, when most cars leave the protection of a manufacturer warranty. Anything that gives a little extra peace of mind, like getting further warranty cover or simply doing research about the car you’re buying, is worthwhile.”

More information can be found at any time at Warranty Direct’s www.reliabilityindex.co.uk website.