Sep 092015
 

Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index, made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after it’s fallen out of its manufacturer’s warranty.

Taking factors into account including breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the Reliability Index’s results come from over a decade’s worth of data provided by Warranty Direct. These results come from data formed from the many claims it has paid to keep UK motorists mobile.

This week’s car: Volkswagen Lupo

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Reliability Index Score: Good

Ask any Lupo owner what they think of their car and you’ll be regaled with tales of how it’s under-rated, able to cope with anything, and the best thing to come out of VW in years. And it’s not just hype; the Lupo may have been a tad costly when new – used values can also be steep – but the car makes up for it by being quite brilliant. While the 1.0-litre engine struggles on long-distance journeys, the bigger units are great, the car is brilliant around town and it’s much more practical than you might think. Proof indeed that sometimes the best things do indeed come in small packages.
[Written by Richard Dredge]

What’s great about this car?
Agility / Solidity / Cruising ability / Fab diesel / Great for two

What’s not so great?
Cramped for four

Things to keep an eye on
The automatic transmission can increase the fuel consumption more than you’d expect.
The GTi is costly to insure, despite its diminutive proportions; get a quote first.
The electrics can play up, so make sure everything works.

For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index here!

Jan 152013
 

german carsGerman reliability is not as strong as many believe according to Warranty Direct, who found Audi, BMW and Volkswagen to have some of the least reliable engines in their cars.

The UK’s leading supplier of direct consumer warranties studied data from 50,000 live consumer policies which showed that the only engines to have failed more often than Audis in the past year were those from the now defunct MG Rover group, while the MINI finished a disappointing third from bottom. BMW and Volkswagen featured seventh and ninth from respectively in the power plant scale of shame.

At the top end of the table, Japan took the plaudits as Honda and Toyota proved to be the manufacturers with the most reliable power units, while Mercedes-Benz upheld some German honour by taking the third best accolade.

Engine repairs can be some of the most expensive to hit a driver and, amongst Warranty Direct’s customers, 1 in 13 MG Rover motors failed in the past year, while 1 in 27 Audi owners had issues with theirs. At the opposite end of the scale, just 1 in every 345 Honda owners had a problem with their power unit.

The study of motor repairs also highlighted huge potential costs for motorists. An engine failure on a Range Rover Vogue recently led to Warranty Direct’s highest claim – £12,998.46 – while one dealer quoted £14,853.60 to repair an engine on a Range Rover Sport after it failed catastrophically.

Warranty Direct Managing Director Duncan McClure Fisher said of the study: “Engine failures are the biggest fear for any motorist as they’re the ones that can lead to the most astronomical costs because of the parts and hours or labour required to fix them. The number of failures may be low compared to areas such as axle and suspension damage but engine repairs almost always result in costs reaching the thousands for motorists who aren’t covered by a warranty.”

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

Engine Reliability – Bottom 10 Manufacturers

Manufacturer

Failure Rate (%)

Failure Rate (1 in x)

1

MG Rover

7.88%

1 in 13

2

Audi

3.71%

1 in 27

3

MINI

2.51%

1 in 40

4

Saab

2.49%

1 in 40

5

Vauxhall

2.46%

1 in 41

6

Peugeot

2.26%

1 in 44

7

BMW

2.20%

1 in 45

8

Renault

2.13%

1 in 46

9

Volkswagen

1.91%

1 in 52

10

Mitsubishi

1.70%

1 in 59

Engine Reliability – Top 10 Manufacturers 

Manufacturer

Failure Rate (%)

Failure Rate (1 in x)

1

Honda

0.29%

1 in 344

2

Toyota

0.58%

1 in 171

3

Mercedes-Benz

0.84%

1 in 119

4

Volvo

0.90%

1 in 111

5

Jaguar

0.98%

1 in 103

6

Lexus

0.99%

1 in 101

7

Fiat

1.17%

1 in 85

8

Ford

1.25%

1 in 80

9

Nissan

1.32%

1 in 76

10

Land Rover

1.38%

1 in 72