French brand Renault has reduced the terms of its standard new car warranty, from its previous four years and 100,000 miles to three years and 60,000 miles.
The reduction brings Renault's range in line with more of its rivals, but pulls it away from more generous manufacturer warranties offered by a variety of Korean and Japanese manufacturers.
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The changes come as Renault announced a new 'Easylife' servicing pack. This provides three year's servicing for just £99, in line with the length of the new warranty. Those wanting to extend back to the old four-year limit can pay between £229 and £349, depending on their model.
A Renault spokesperson claimed the warranty reduction was due to so few customers opting to keep their car long enough to use it. "With a significant proportion of our customers renewing their car before the start of the fourth year warranty, and therefore seeing no benefit from the extension, we have chosen to enhance the ownership package offered.
"The EasyLife Pack offers customers three years/30,000 miles servicing for just £99, saving up to £560 on the previous package offered."
Renault's new offering of three years and 60,000 miles of coverage is broadly in line with the rest of the industry. The only manufacturers offering more are Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, Hyundai and SsangYong, with five years coverage on most of their model lineup. Kia is still the class-leader, however, with an industry-beating seven-year warranty that's transferrable between owners.