Mazda named in most reliable cars list

The Japanese car maker, famed for the likes of the Mazda MX-5 sports car, is the third most reliable car maker in the UK after Honda and Toyota, according to reports from Direct Line Breakdown.

After studying call out figures, the breakdown specialist found Mazda cars were less likely to suffer mechanical failure than the likes of Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes despite drivers still believing premium German manufacturers were more reliable.

In a YouGov survey, all three German brands were regarded as the most reliable, but the figures show a different story.

Emma Holyer, Spokesperson for Direct Line Breakdown, said: "This research on which cars are most likely to breakdown is from our call out records and it shows that consumer beliefs are inconsistent with reality."

The research backs up reports from insurer Warranty Direct, whose top 100 most reliable cars index shows the Mazda2 supermini is one of the top ten most reliable cars based on customer feedback.

In separate research, the Mazda MX-5 topped the sports car category in the JD Power Survey, which asks customers for their feedback on their own cars in order to find the most reliable.

The Mazda MX-5 received a customer satisfaction rating of 82.4 per cent in the survey of over 17,000 motorists, a feat repeated in the US version of the survey.

All Mazda cars, from the Mazda2 supermini to the large Mazda5 people carrier, come with a three-year or 60,000 mile warranty.

This includes unlimited mileage in the first year, six or 12 month anti-perforation warranty and protection against paint and surface corrosion for three years.

The Mazda range also includes the Mazda3 hatchback, Mazda6 executive car and the Mazda CX-7 SUV.