Honda makes most reliable cars

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Honda has come out on top in a study to find the most reliable car manufacturer in the UK by warranty experts Warranty Direct.

There was only a nine percent chance of a Honda developing a fault over a 12 month period according to the study done with What Car? – a long way clear of the manufacturer in second, Toyota, with 15 percent.

Japanese brands dominated the most reliable list, with Suzuki coming in third, closely followed by Lexus, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Subaru. The only non Japanese brands in the top ten were Korean makers Hyundai and Kia, while Nissan completed the list.

The study looked at cars aged between three and eight years old over a 12 month period and assessed both reliability and average cost of repair. Here the European brands fared better, with Fiat, Renault and Ford the cheapest to fix, with the Italian brand the least expensive at an average of £241.63 per repair.

The most expensive to fix proved to also be European, as Porsche emerged as the priciest to mend, at an average of £689.99 – a long way ahead of second dearest maker Mazda at £462.58.

The Europeans also dominated the list of the least reliable manufacturers as well, with Land Rover picking up the unwanted title of least trustworthy maker. Its cars had a staggering 55 percent chance of going wrong over the same 12 month period.

Alfa Romeo and Renault completed the unhappy trio at the bottom of the pile, with 46 percent and 45 percent of their cars going wrong respectively.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: "Car buying is a tricky business, but all most people want is hassle-free motoring.

"Finding a car that can be relied upon is one factor, and maintenance is another – even the most trustworthy vehicles need some TLC to keep going."