Surprise Car Brand Named Most Reliable Of 2019

Thu 27th Jun 2019

An unexpected name has shot to the top of the list of most reliable car brands in the UK, according to a respected poll of car owners.

The What Car? Reliability Survey looks at a range of factors in cars, finding out which motors are the most dependable, and which are always in and out of the garage.

The influential publication surveyed the owners of more than 18,000 vehicles asking them if their car had suffered any issues over the last 12 months. The revealing results found that the most reliable brand was Japan’s Suzuki with an overall reliability rating of 97.7%. The rating for the marque was helped in great part by a 100% rating for the SX4 S-Cross, while the Vitara also pushed Suzuki high with a 97.2%.

“We classified the faults into 15 groups: aircon, battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering, suspension, wheels/tyres and other,” said the What Car? report.

“For each fault, we asked the owner to tell us how much the car cost to repair and how much time it spent lingering at the garage. We used this information to work out a unique reliability rating for each model, with those that cost the most and were off the road longest penalised more severely than those that had few or no faults and cost little or nothing to fix.

“The result is real-life reliability data on 159 models from 31 different car brands. If you're not sure which model to buy, then it's worth checking out the reliability rating for the brands you're interested to help pick the most dependable car.”

Suzuki was closely followed by Lexus, Toyota, Kia, Mitsubishi and Subaru in the poll, which appears to be a triumph for cars from the Far East. Skoda, Alfa, Romeo, Hyundai and Seat complete the top ten. At the other end of the poll, Tesla was regarded as the least reliable car, with a rating of just 57.3%.