UK vehicles 'offer worst reliability'

Japanese cars top the list

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Japanese cars have topped a reliability table which sees UK vehicles finish last.

Japanese cars have topped a reliability table which sees UK vehicles finish last.

UK reliability figures were based on the performance of Jaguar, Land Rover and Vauxhall models.

The Warranty Direct company, which compiled the list, said that UK brands had been placed bottom of the eight-nation table "thanks to low reliability scores from both Jaguar and Land Rover".

The table was drawn up from analysis of UK-owned vehicles averaging five years old and with mileages of around 50,000.

The lower the score given to a particular country's cars, the more reliable they were.

Japan, with a score of 80, was at the the top of the list, followed by France (with a score of 113), South
Korea (123), and USA (156).

Then came Sweden (158), Germany (168), Italy (170.5) and, in last place, the UK with a score of 209.

The most common faults for all the cars analysed were either axle and suspension or electrical.

Warranty Direct pointed out that many Britons drove foreign cars that were made in the UK.

For example, the Nissan Qashqai is produced in Sunderland, the Honda Civic in Swindon and the Mini in Oxford.

Warranty Direct managing director David Gerrans said: "Though the automotive industry has many blurred lines now in terms of countries of origin, the average consumer maintains certain preconceptions about car brands and the countries that create them.

"'German reliability' is an oft-used phrase, but as demonstrated here, the country's output as a whole doesn't match up to its close neighbours, the French, whose cars as a whole are more reliable."

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