Germany says Vauxhall cars are most reliable

Perrys is delighted to announce that four of its Vauxhall cars have come out top for reliability in recently published breakdown statistics issued by a leading German breakdown service.

The good news is a stark reminder of the huge strides Vauxhall has taken to improve the reliability of its cars, and the fact many of the models outperformed German cars on home soil is testament to their quality.

But which of Vauxhall’s cars triumphed in the reliability study?

The first-generation Meriva has been recognised as the most reliable small MPV, having ‘substantially fewer breakdowns than the average’ in Germany.

The statistics, from top German breakdown service ADAC (German Automobile Club), cover vehicles from the last six registration years. The Meriva gained high marks in each year from 2005 to 2010, an important result for family-car buyers.

And family buyers are exactly the type of buyer sure to be attracted to the Vauxhall Meriva, not least because of its rear-opening Flexdoor system, which creates a ‘safe’ area in between all four doors when they are open to allow easier loading of luggage and less hassle getting children in and out of the car.

However, it wasn’t the only winner in the study of reliability statistics.

The top-selling Vauxhall Corsa received the best ADAC rating and is already acknowledged as the winner for lowest rate of defects in 2010 from the German automotive agency DEKRA.

Vauxhall recently updated the Corsa for 2011 with a new front end designed to fit in with the rest of the range alongside some new exterior colours – mostly vibrant greens and yellows – and interior trims.

It’s another sign Vauxhall is taking a step upwards in the market, distinguishing itself from the influx of more budget manufacturers.

Big British sellers, the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Zafira also gained top scores, achieving the best evaluation grade in the breakdown statistics for 2009 and 2010.

The Meriva was launched in 2003 and effectively created the small MPV sector in the UK and Europe. With its unique FlexSpace rear seating system, which allowed passengers to adjust their seats for more leg or shoulder room – as well as for more boot space – has proved immensely popular with UK buyers, with over 112,000 being sold between 2003 and 2010.

So, according to the Germans, if you’re after a reliable car, the best choice would in fact be a Vauxhall – and amongst them the British-built Astra!