Top ten most reliable family workhorses

As families slash holiday budgets to stick to home-grown holiday offerings, new analysis claims Toyota's UK-built Corolla is the most dependable family workhorse to get you to your destination - provided you opt for a 2001-2007 model.

But if you own a Renault Espace or Merc R-Class, do get some Home Recovery cover sharpish.

Trouble-free Toyota

Warranty Direct claims that for cars older than three years old, the Corolla, built at Toyota's Burnaston factory in Derby, is most likely to deliver the family to its holiday destination without heaving to a halt. Just 7% break down each year, on average, they claim.

Right behind the Corolla are Honda's Civic and Accord model (see below for the full list). Unfortunately, only one European car maker makes the top ten - Peugeot with its 308 model. Interestingly, no Far Eastern manufacturers feature in the top ten least reliable vehicles.

"Electrical issues and axle and suspension troubles cause the majority of claims, with the latter often a result of a collision with a pothole or other road defect," says Warranty Direct.


The top ten list of shame throws up a couple of surprises from two makes regularly lauded for quality - VW and Skoda. Warranty Direct claims the VW Touran model is prone to axle and suspension issues, as is the (old model) Skoda Superb. Likewise the Renault Espace.

The Mercedes R-Class is plagued with electrical issues, according to Warranty Direct, and the Peugeot 407 model has braking system concerns.

Lists like these however should always be treated with a bit of distance. Warranty Direct's data isn't the most consistent. Last year it claimed the most reliable European car - those between 3-7 years old - was the Peugeot 207, followed by the Fiat Panda.

Ooh La La

However, one model that crops up in both 2012 and 2011 lists is the Renault Espace. Honest John claims the Espace, in particular, is vulnerable to electric parking brake and clutch system problems on four cylinder diesels. ECU issues are fairly common.

Perhaps wisely, Renault doesn't sell the Espace any more in the UK.

Top Ten most reliable cars - Warranty Direct

Top Ten most unreliable cars - Warranty Direct

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Top ten most reliable family workhorses

The Porsche Cayenne caused a bit of a stir when it launched in 2002 as the luxury SUV signalled a fresh direction for the traditionally sporty brand.

The second generation 2010 diesel model has been found to retain a whopping 84.2% of its original value even after three years and 30,000 miles on the clock.

A new Cayenne diesel starts from an eye-watering £47,390, but based on CAP's calculations after three years the resale value is only likely to fall 15.8%– a loss of £7,488.

Next up is a more mainstream option if you want to battle depreciation.

The Toyota Land Cruiser V8 diesel SW is the second best vehicle to retain its value over a three-year stretch clocking up 30,000 miles.

CAP Automotive found that this 4x4 retained 72.4% of its original price on average.

So a new 2010 V8 diesel available from £32,145, would only drop in value by 27.6% leaving it worth around £23,273 today – a cash loss of £8,872.

The Porsche 911 has been around for over 50 years and still remains an iconic sports car as well as a great depreciation buster. The GT Coupé body style was found to retain 72.1% of its value over three years and 30,000 miles.

So a 2011 model that would have set you back a whopping £73,123 might only fall in value by 27.9% -a loss of £20,401, by 2014.

This environmentally friendly 4x4 got a reboot in 2010 and the second generation model is still popular today.

CAP Automotive found that this particular model retained 70.3% of its original value on average.
Prices start from £28,965 and if the research stands up you should only lose 29.7% or £8,603 of the value after three years and 30,000 miles.

This compact 4x4 is a family friendly crossover that has a very adaptable interior- with the ability to remove the back seats fully.

According to CAP's research the Yeti retains 69.9% of its value over three years and 30,000 miles.

New it is the most affordable of the top ten with a starting price of £15,235 and after three years on the clock it is likely to only fall in value by 30.1%, which amounts to £4,585.

Despite its reliability track record, Land Rovers remain appealing to car buyers for its off-road ability, comfort and style.

The second generation of Land Rover's Discovery 4 can keep you in the money according to CAP's research. The make and model was found to retain 69.2% of its original value.

Prices start from £32,695 so after three years with 30,000 miles built up you might find the vehicle experiences a 30.8% drop at resale, leaving you £10,000 out of pocket.

The sporty medium-sized SUV can run circles round its load-lugging rivals and was found to hold onto 69.1% of its original value by CAP Automotive.

New the 2008-2012 range was available from £26,600, so with an average fall of 30.9% found for models with three years on the clock, buyers can expect to lose just over £8,000.

The Kia Sportage holds onto its original value well too, retaining 68.2% on average.

It's another affordable crossover with the looks of a 4x4 but less off-road ability.

The improved 2010 Sportage is available from £17,495 so a fall of 31.8% would leave you £5,560 out of pocket after three years at the time of resale.

The Mercedes-Benz Viano is the only MPV to make the list.

New the 2004-2010 Viano's were available from £35,760, but after three years and 30,000 miles the value of this range tends to drop by 33.8% - a loss of over £12,000.

Even though it's quite obscure and was only available in limited numbers with left-hand drive, the Corvette Z06 Coupé was found to retain 65.5% of its list price after three years on the road.

Available new it would have cost from £45,850 so after three years owners are likely to experience a 34.5% drop where around £15,818 would be wiped off the value.


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