Reliability is one of the most important factors in any new car. Drivers want peace of mind when it comes to their new motor. They like to be free of any embarrassing breakdowns and they definitely don’t want the cost involved with repairs. Nowadays, new cars are built to a fantastic specification as standard. Many will reach 100,000 miles without so much as a hiccup. That’s ten years of driving on an average annual mileage. But which cars are the best of the best? We investigated.
Honda have an impeccable record of good reliability. Their attention to detail is second to none and they perfected it all with the Jazz. It is one of the leading hatchbacks on the market and particularly valued for its reliability. It won a 2014 survey on reliability, put together by polling car owners across the country. You can’t argue with statistics like that.
Mazda MX5 Roadster
The Mazda MX5 is one of our favourite cars on the road. It is widely regarded the most exciting small sports car on the planet. It is fast, responsive and a dream to let loose on the country roads. You’d expect a fast ‘driver’s’ car like this to need plenty of repairs. Quite the opposite, the Mazda is resilient and strong. Even more so with the introduction of the lighter, stronger 2015 model. The Mazda 3 also returned a strong report in the 2014 driver survey. If you’re looking for a resilient Mazda, click here for more offers.
The Prius has garnered legendary status after fusing petrol and electric engines. The world’s most famous hybrid car is also one of the world’s most reliable. Despite the new technology, it is built to last. Toyota now guarantee a 100,000 mile warranty as standard and repairs are few and far between.
Kia are relative newcomers to the mass market. Yet they are really proving their worth. With the Picanto and the C’eed, they have excelled themselves in the family market. Not only are they great cars, but Kia have pioneered a powerful new initiative. They are the first manufacturer to offer a seven year, 100,000 mile warranty across their entire range. They’re all fantastic, but the Rio is the strandout when it comes to reliability.
As you’d expect from strong, German engineering, Audi are great. In fact, we could have chosen from a few cars for this list. However, it’s the Q3 SUV that makes the cut. It’s a brilliant all round car and amongst the most reliable on the road.
The French manufacturers haven’t always had the strongest claim to reliability. In fact they generally have a reputation for unreliable cars. It looks like Peugeot are turning things around with the new range though. The 2008 SUV is the best of them all and actually finds itself one of the most reliable in the world.
If you’re looking for peace of mind and reliability, you won’t go wrong with one of these. Each one should provide a good seven years of uninterrupted driving. Stay safe out there!
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