The UK’s Most Reliable Family Car

Toyota Corolla 2001-2007 - the UK's most reliable car?
Is this the UK's most reliable family car?

Do you own one of the top ten most reliable family cars, or is your car in the disgraceful bottom 10?

Aftermarket warranty provider Warranty Direct has analysed three to five-year old cars from the small family, family and MPV categories.

It  found that the Toyota Corolla (’01-’07 model) was the family car that was least likely to break down, with only 7% of Corolla owners being forced to make unscheduled garage visits each year.

Toyota has always had a great reputation for reliability and it looks like the Derby-built Corolla is continuing that tradition.

Two names that you might be surprised to see missing from this list are Kia and Hyundai. However, since these manufacturers offer seven and five-year warranties respectively as standard, they won’t appear in Warranty Direct’s data as their owners won’t be buying aftermarket warranties.

10 Most Reliable Cars

Here are Warranty Direct’s top 10 most reliable family cars (annual breakdown rates %):

  1. Toyota Corolla (01-07): 7%
  2. Honda Civic (06-): 10%
  3. Honda Accord (02-08): 10%
  4. Mazda 3 (04-09): 10%
  5. Toyota Auris (07-): 11%
  6. Toyota Prius (03-09): 12%
  7. Ford C-Max (07-): 14%
  8. Ford Mondeo (07-): 15%
  9. Nissan Qashqai (07-): 16%
  10. Peugeot 308 (07-): 16%

10 Least Reliable Cars

At the other end of the spectrum, some companies that used to be a byword for reliability seem to have lost that reputation. Owners of a Mercedes-Benz R-Class have a 74% chance of making a warranty claim on their 3-year+ old cars, while Volkswagen Passat drivers are also regular garage visitors, with 47% having to make a warranty claim each year.

Here are the ten family cars most likely to break down each year:

  1. Volkswagen Touran (03-): 46%
  2. Peugeot 407 (04-): 46%
  3. Volkswagen Passat (05-): 47%
  4. Peugeot 807 (02-): 48%
  5. Skoda Superb (02-08): 55%
  6. Renault Megane (02-09): 56%
  7. Renault Grand Scenic/Scenic (04-09 – check out my review): 57%
  8. Vauxhall Vectra (02-09): 57%
  9. Mercedes-Benz R-Class (06-): 74%
  10. Renault Espace (02-): 74%

So there you have it. Do these statistics square up with your experience of owning any of these cars? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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