Peugeot 207 Is Most Reliable European Car

A survey of 20,000 warranty claims on European* cars by aftermarket warranty specialist Warranty Direct has found that the Peugeot 207 is the most reliable European car. The survey included cars aged 3-7 years and compared how many cars from each European manufacturer broke down in an average year, based on warranty claims.

The Peugeot 207 had an average claim rate of just 6%  – about 1 in 17. Warranty Direct calculates a reliability index figure for each car, which combines repair cost and claim frequency. Here are the top 10 most reliable European cars in its rankings:

  1. Peugeot 207 (06-)
  2. Fiat Panda (04-)
  3. Peugeot 206CC (00-07)
  4. Volkswagen Polo (05-)
  5. Renault Clio (05-)
  6. Volkswagen Beetle (99-)
  7. Smart ForFour (04-07)
  8. Volvo S40 (04-)
  9. Peugeot 107 (05-)
  10. Mercedes-Benz SLK (96-04)

High repair and maintenance costs are one reason that luxury cars like large BMWs and Mercedes depreciate so fast – as they start to age, they can become very expensive to run and repair. Interestingly, 3/5 of the least reliable cars in the Warranty Direct survey were German luxury cars. Here are the five least reliable European cars:

  1. Mercedes-Benz SL (02-)
  2. Land Rover Range Rover (02-)
  3. Renault Espace (02-)
  4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class (06-)
  5. BMW 7 Series (01-08)

Owners of the worst car on the list, the Mercedes-Benz SL, could be forgiven for feeling a bit disappointed with their ‘prestigious’ purchase. A whopping 47% of them broke down each year and the average repair cost was £742.10 – the highest in the survey, and more than four times as much as the cheapest average repair cost, £173.40, held by the Renault Clio.

You can find full details of reliability figures for these cars and others by visiting, where Warranty Direct publishes figures for all the cars for which it provides warranty cover.

*European cars means cars made by a European manufacturer. The cars may not actually have been built within Europe.

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