The annual What Car?/Warranty Direct reliability survey of more than 50,000 cars has found the Mazda MX-5 to be the UK's most reliable car.
It had a failure rate of just 4% per year, compared to the next most reliable open-top car with a failure rate of 15%. With 96 percent of these Mazda models being fault-free, the MX-5 also achieved a Reliability Index score of just eight (the lower score, the better the car), while the national average score for individual models was 100. According to the survey, MX-5 owners also benefit from the lowest repair costs with an average repair bill of just £165.
The survey calculates a vehicle's Reliability Index from several factors – the number of times it fails, the cost of repair, the average time it spends off the road being repaired, its age and mileage.
"It's no surprise that the MX-5 scored so highly in the What Car? annual survey," comments David Wilson-Green, Aftersales Director, Mazda UK. "The Mazda MX-5 has won many awards over the years and regularly achieves excellent reviews in the national media for the pure driving enjoyment it provides and its distinctive good looks. Our Japanese brand is renowned for its engineering expertise and for its remarkably reliable models, which is one of the reasons we have so many loyal customers."