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Japanese car brands ‘are the most reliable’

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Four out of the top five most dependable cars are from Japanese manufacturers, according to reliability rankings released by What Car?

The Toyota Yaris hatchback and the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross jointly claim the top spot, both achieving perfect scores.

Suzuki is the overall top brand for reliability among cars up to four years old, followed by Lexus and Toyota.

Most reliable cars in the What Car? Reliability Survey 2018:

Position Make Reliability Ranking*
=1 Toyota Yaris (2011 – Present) 100.0%
=1 Suzuki Sx4 S-Cross (2013 – Present) 100.0%
3 Nissan Leaf (2011 – 2017) 99.7%
4 Toyota RAV 4X4 (2013 – 2018) 99.6%
5 BMW 3 Series (2005 – 2014) 99.5%

The What Car? Reliability Survey 2018 reveals ratings for 159 models spanning 31 brands. Overall, around 30% of the 18,284 survey respondents with cars less than four years old said their car had suffered at least one fault in the past 12 months.

Most reliable cars (1 – 4 years old) by brand in the What Car? Reliability Survey 2018:

Rank Make Score
1 Suzuki 97.7%
2 Lexus 97.5%
3 Toyota 96.8%
=4 Kia 95.8%
=4 Mitsubishi 95.8%
=4 Subaru 95.8%
7 Skoda 95.6%
8 Alfa Romeo 95.5%
9 Hyundai 95.4%
10 Seat 95.2%
=11 Vauxhall 94.6%
=11 Mazda 94.6%
13 Dacia 94.1%
14 Fiat 94.0%
15 Honda 93.8%
16 BMW 93.4%
17 Volkswagen 92.9%
18 Ford 92.7%
19 Renault 91.7%
=20 Audi 91.5%
=20 Volvo 91.5%
22 Mini 91.2%
23 Porsche 90.9%
24 Peugeot 89.4%
25 Citroen 88.1%
26 Mercedes-Benz 88.0%
27 Nissan 87.1%
28 Jaguar 84.9%
29 Jeep 82.7%
30 Land Rover 76.5%
31 Tesla 57.3%

“Reliability is a huge consideration for any prospective car buyer, as your car is likely to be your second biggest monthly expense after mortgage or rent payments,” said Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?.

“You want your car to last and you don’t want to have to fork out huge amounts to fix faults and keep it running.

“Our annual survey has shown that it is Japanese models that continue to dominate the top of the reliability rankings, both for car model and brand rankings.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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