What are the least and most reliable cars?

22 November 2012

Cars are bloody expensive things to have, so you'll be wanting one that won't keep costing you money outside of the expected costs.

And so, a list of the most and least reliable cars has been published, which could be useful if you're in the market for a new motor.

The most reliable car of the last 15 years is the Mitsubishi Lancer, according to automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.

It topped the Reliability Index which uses a mystifyingly complex formula to rank various models, but basically, it works out how often a car breaks down, average mileage and how much it costs you to repair.

The most reliable cars, away from the 05-08 Lancer, are Vauxhall Agila (00-08), Suzuki Alto (97-06), Toyota Aygo (05-present), Honda HR-V (98-06), Volvo S40 (96-04), Mazda MX-5 (05-), Mercedes E Class (06-), Toyota Yaris (99-03) and the Honda Jazz (01-08).

At the other end of the spectrum, the lousiest cars you can buy contain some rather surprising names. One car is the Bentley Continental GT, which will break down and cost you loads of money on top of what you paid for it in the first place. Porsche's 911 also stars, as well as three models from Mercedes.

The least reliable cars are Audi RS6 (02-11), BMW M5 (04-11), Mercedes SL (02-), Mercedes V-Class (96-04), Mercedes CL (00-07), Audi A6 Allroad (00-05), Bentley Continental GT (03-), Porsche 911 (01-06), Land Rover Range Rover (02-) and Citroen XM (94-00).


TOPICS:   Motoring


  • Spencer
    are they seriously suggesting that the most unreliable cars are pretty much all German? I neither know or care who compiled this list... but they need to be spat at. Japanese and German cars are always the most reliable... been that way for many many years.
  • Haggis
    @ Spencer The rankings don't necessarily mean that the German cars break down most often. Re-read the article.
  • Mr M.
    I would suggest the results are skewed to more expensive cars due to them costing more but then the Citreon pops up in the least reliable. No suprise Mercedes are there, they're shit!
  • Sicknote
    Land Rover Range Rover - YES, YES AND YES....!! - I only need to consider driving my TDV8 Vogue SE and it starts playing up. But, what frustrates me more is the dealer & their technicians and their constant nonsense about why all the power fails when I'm driving flat out down the M3 at 4 in the morning. Or better still, why all the keys fail and I can't unlock it...
  • mrfill
    I would never have guessed that a £200000 Bentley would cost more than a £7000 Vauxhall to repair. A really helpful survey.
  • Spencer
    this is pretty much my point.... you don't need some ridiculous nonsense formula to calculate reliability by way of average miles to cost. just ask a mechanic or used car dealer.
  • Steve
    I see BMWs & VWs sat at the side of the motorway, broken, all the time.
  • Steve
    Oh, and Mercs.
  • Daniel C.
    Surely this just shows what type of people drive those cars.... abusing them all the time? Think about the typical Honda Jazz driver vs the typical Audi RS6 driver... exactly!
  • james d.
    why don't they just release the number of faults and the total cost of repairs separately. They are different considerations and shouldn't be lumped into a single scale.
  • Michael H.
    Typical bollocks from the telegraph. Look at the annual reviews in What Car, Autoexpress etc. At the bottom of the list is just about every French manufacturers cars and the German and Japanese are at top.
  • Andrew
    "I see BMWs & VWs sat at the side of the motorway, broken, all the time." Either that or right up your arse flashing their headlights with some douchebag sales rep at the wheel.
  • iPawn
    What a waste of bandwidth this is, ignore and move on.

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