Asian cars – especially Japanese models – are still the most reliable, according to both British and American motorists.
Here in the UK, Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index shows that 9/10 of the ten most reliable 4×4 and SUV models come from the Far East, with only the Land Rover Freelander managing to break into the top ten for European brands:
Ten Most Reliable 4×4 / SUV Car Models:
- Honda HR-V
- Suzuki Grand Vitara
- Honda CR-V
- Subaru Forester
- Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin
- Kia Sportage
- Land Rover Freelander
- Nissan X-Trail
- Kia Sorrento
- Hyundai Santa Fe
These results come as no surprise to me – and the same trend is reflected in the Reliability Index overall top ten, where 7/10 of the top ten are Japanese models.
The reliability index takes into account repair costs as well as how often a car breaks down. This usually means that some seriously expensive cars end up at the bottom of the list – as we see here.
Five Most Unreliable 4×4 / SUV Car Models
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Volkswagen Touareg
- BMW X5
- Volvo XC90
These cars are in ascending order of reliability – so the Range Rover is the most unreliable 4×4, measured by a combination of repair cost and breakdown frequency.
Check your car’s score by visiting the Reliability Index website.
American Cars Are Rubbish Too
It’s not just European models that fare badly against Asian models – American cars do not do very well, either.
Japanese brands took the top nine spots in the American magazine Consumer Reports‘ Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Ford, on the other hand, only managed to rank 20th out of 28, dropping ten places from its 2010 score. (Remember, this survey is of American car models, not European models).
It just goes to show that after all this time, American and European car makers have still not managed to achieve the superb build quality and engineering that makes Japanese cars so reliable. Why?