The news Chevrolet is the most reliable manufacturer in the UK has attracted a lot of interest.
The results come from Warranty Direct data based on 50,000 UK drivers. However, the results are not as clear as they seem.
This is because Warranty Direct says there was much less data on Chevrolet than its rivals because the brand is still relatively new to the market – it returned to the European market in 2005.
This also means Chevrolet’s cars are generally newer, will have travelled less miles and are therefore less prone to breakdown. However, Warranty Direct’s Managing Director, Duncan McClure-Fisher, said: "Nevertheless, the data we do have clearly shows that Chevrolets are trustworthy vehicles."
The result is testament to the success of Chevrolet since re-launching in the UK and its range of cars designed with European buyers in mind.
However, the US car maker wasn’t the only winner from the reams of data provided by Warranty Direct.
Chevrolet offered the lowest average repair cost of £195, but Fiat was close behind in second place with £235. Renault, Ford, Peugeot, Seat, Vauxhall and Citroen all appeared in the top ten lowest average repair costs – a good indication of the brand’s offering better value for money from ownership costs in the UK.
Fiat, Vauxhall and Seat also appeared in the top ten shortest times off the road when repair work was being carried out – meaning less time with hire cars or public transport.
So these are the manufacturers offering the most reliability and lowest repair costs, according to Warranty Direct, but which specific models should you keep an eye out for if you’re looking for hassle-free driving.
In terms of individual reliability, the Ford Fiesta is one of the best performers. The most popular car in the UK has an average repair cost of just £111 and a reliability score of 14 – 100 is the industry average and the lower the score, the more reliable the car is.
Other top performers include two more superminis and Ford Fiesta rivals – the Mazda2 and Peugeot 207. Both scored under 22 in the Reliability Index and made it into the top end of the table.
It was a double celebration for Mazda because the Mazda MX-5 roadster is the most reliable car in its class by a considerable distance. Average repair bills of £257 and a score of 24 in the Reliability Index is an impressive result for the Japanese manufacturer.
The real winner, however remains Chevrolet. Top in overall reliability, average repair costs and time spent being repaired, Chevy can now point towards its reliability as well as its value for money as a reason to give the brand a try next time you’re buying a car.