Jul 292014

JapanFranceJapanese 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 dominated the top of the table with marques including Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan producing some of the most reliable models on the market.

French carmakers – Citroën, Peugeot and Renault – come second in the reliability rankings with South Korea completing the top three – Hyundai and Kia amongst the country’s more dependable exports.

Performing about as well as the national football team, the UK’s car brands sit bottom of the international rankings, thanks to low reliability scores from both Jaguar and Land Rover.

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.


Country Rank Warranty Direct Average Reliability Index Most Common Faults (Average % of faults)
Japan 1 80 Axle & Suspension (25%)
France 2 113 Electrical (29%)
South Korea 3 123 Electrical (22%)
USA 4 156 Axle & Suspension (23%)
Sweden 5 158 Electrical (26%)
Germany 6 168 Electrical (24%)
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.