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The family cars you can rely on this summer

Posted: 28/05/2012 The family cars you can rely on this summer - photo

With June approaching and the British ‘staycation’ making a comeback this year*, new research reveals the UK’s most dependable family car for the summer holidays: the Toyota Corolla (’01-’07).

 

The analysis – based on around 30,000 of Warranty Direct’s policies – shows that the UK-built Corolla (Burnaston factory, Derby) is the most likely to deliver the whole family to its holiday destination without skipping a beat – just 7% break down each year, on average.

 

At the other end of the scale, the Renault Espace (‘02-‘12) and Mercedes R-Class (’06-) are the most likely to leave your precious cargo stranded, with three quarters of all owners suffering unwanted garage bills.

 

The latest Warranty Direct study analysed three to five-year-old cars from the small family, family and MPV categories.

 

Honda’s Civic (’06-) and Accord (’02-’08) are also among the most dependable family vehicles, both with claim rates of 10% but separated by the Accord’s more costly maintenance bills.

 

Top 10 most reliable family-sized cars

 

Make

Model

Range

Claim / break down rate

Largest claim

Sector

Most common reason for claim

ToyotaCorolla(01 – 07)

7

£1,397.96Small FamilyAxle & Suspension
HondaCivic(06 – )

10

£980.10Small FamilyElectrical
HondaAccord(02 – 08)

10

£1,658.80FamilyEngine issues
Mazda3(04 – 09)

10

£1,672.04Small FamilyBraking System
ToyotaAuris(07 – )

11

£528.22Small FamilyCooling & heating System
ToyotaPrius(03 – 09)

12

£3,257.87FamilyAxle & Suspension
FordC-Max(07 – )

14

£828.90MPVElectrical
FordMondeo(07 – )

15

£1,130.80FamilyElectrical
NissanQashqai(07 – )

16

£1,066.00FamilyElectrical
Peugeot308(07 – )

16

£728.80Small FamilyElectrical

 

Used car buyers looking for a reliable family vehicle should also consider the Mazda 3 and another UK-built car, the Toyota Auris (’07-).

 

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Most cars will go wrong at some stage but there’s nothing worse than the family’s excitement at setting off on holiday being destroyed by a morning spent on the hard shoulder.

“And, as well as the inconvenience to your holiday, a breakdown can also put a serious dent in your wallet.”

 

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.

 

The only European manufacturer to make Warranty Direct’s top 10 rundown is Peugeot, with its 308 – the majority hail from Japan. In contrast, no Asian manufacturers feature in the 10 least reliable vehicles.

 

Meanwhile, the Peugeot 807 attracted the largest individual bill with a claim for repairs totaling nearly £5,000.

 

Top 10 least reliable family-sized cars

 

Make

Model

Range

Claim / break down rate (%)

Largest claim

Sector

Most common reason for claim

RenaultEspace(02 – )

74

£2,756.88MPVAxle & suspension
MercedesR-Class(06 – )

74

£1,815.68MPVElectrical issues
VauxhallVectra(02 – 09)

57

£2,524.00FamilyAxle & suspension
RenaultGrand Scenic/Scenic(04 – 09)

57

£2,421.96MPVElectrical issues
RenaultMegane(02 – 09)

56

£2,250.00Small FamilyElectrical issues
SkodaSuperb(02 – 08)

55

£3,690.71FamilyAxle & suspension
Peugeot807(02 – )

48

£4,975.00MPVCooling & heating system
VolkswagenPassat(05 – )

47

£2,224.09FamilyAxle & suspension
Peugeot407(04 – )

46

£3,701.25FamilyBraking System
VolkswagenTouran(03 – )

46

£2,595.19MPVAxle & suspension

 

Up-to-date vehicle reliability information can be found at any time at Warranty Direct’s www.reliabilityindex.com website.

 

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