Updated 16-08-2021 - Nicki Saunders

Car brand reliability

When it comes to purchasing a car, you may be surprised to learn that some of the most well-known brands are amongst the most unreliable vehicles. The problem with purchasing a new car is the sheer amount of makes and models to choose from, so it can be a very overwhelming process. Try not to make the mistake of purchasing something that is considered popular, or ‘totally in right now’, because looking cool is not an intelligent prerequisite for something that you need to rely on to get around your day to day business. It’s a safer option to have a reliable vehicle that doesn’t cost you more in the long run. Whether it is due to the manufacturer, or the costs of repairs, here’s a quick look into some of the most reliable and unreliable brands in 2021, from worst-to-best.

1. Land Rover

Land Rover’s famous SUV’s have always been a popular choice for those who want a vehicle that can handle rougher terrain, and find themselves doing a lot of off-road driving. The robust style of vehicles can take a bit of a hit, but repair work is usually inevitable if you fancy this kind of lifestyle. It has been found that the average cost of repair for a Land Rover is £1,300, which is much higher than other brands. You’ll need to be financially prepared for these pricey repairs!

2. Porsche

The Porsche history dates back to 1948, and is one of the most commonly known brand names across the world. Research has shown that if a Porsche needs some repairs, it can set you back around £1,500, which is one of the highest averages across the board! Having said that however, research has also shown that the Porsche vehicles are the least likely brand of car to suffer a breakdown. This lowers the odds of a repair becoming necessary, but it poses the question on whether or not you’d be willing to roll the dice!

3. Jaguar

The trend seems to be that the repair costs remain pricier on all high-end cars, and the Jaguar is no exception to the rule! Although the Jaguars have been proven to be 13% more reliable than Land Rovers, the repair cost on these vehicles have an average of £1,020, which is still expensive in the greater scheme of things! Considering the fact that the least expensive Jaguar range sits around the £20,000, it’s going to be a financial burden if continuous repairs are required!

4. Chevrolet

The Chevrolet brand has an overall reliability rating of 53%, which is a lot lower than other mainstream car brands. It is unfortunate as a whole, because one of the most reliable cars as a stand-alone is the Chevrolet Spark, so it is an important reminder as to why you should always do research before purchasing any vehicle, and not to be fooled by brand-name alone! The Chevrolets repair costs for repair are up there as well, so you may not be getting your moneys worth in the long run.

5. Alfa Romeo

For many years now, the Alfa Romeo brand name has had reliability issues plaguing their vehicles. The high amount of repair figures means that the cars are proving to be more susceptible to damage than other brands. However, as far as the physical costs go to amend said repairs, the Alfa Romeo is among the cheaper side of things. So it’s almost like a Catch-22, where damages or repairs are likely to occur, but it won’t be as expensive as it would for other vehicles that have obtained the same level of damage or disrepair.

6. Hyundai

Hyundais boast an impressive 71% reliability rating, which is an incredible feat. The reliability rating is mostly due to the fact that the amount of repair claims are actually quite rare, and on the odd occasion, the average repair cost is a reasonable £570. That’s less than half the cost of some of the previously mentioned vehicles!

7. Smart cars

Perfectly named, the Smart cars really do live up to their brand name! The average cost of repair for a Smart car sits at around £460, which is a massive contributing factor to their impressive 73% reliability rating. This is unsurprising, as these top-class vehicles use so few parts in comparison to other vehicles!

8. Toyota

With very few operating flaws, plenty of options to choose from, and being consistently smooth to run, the Toyota range is one of the most reliable vehicle brand name. Repair bills have an average of £600, but the most impressive part of the Toyota brand name is their incredibly high reliability rating of 80%.

9. Lexus

Just shy of being considered the most reliable range, is the Lexus. These durable cars develop very few faults, and are recognised as being very reliable! Although they are held in high regard, the costs of repairs are slightly more expensive, with an average of £1,100, with the counterpoint being that repairs are rare. These fantastic vehicles have a reliability score of 87%.

10. Honda

You may have guessed it, or you may be horrified, but the most reliable brand considered for vehicles is none other than the humble Honda. Copious amounts of testing across the board has shown that the Honda is the most reliable vehicle in every shape and form. With a reliability score of 87%, the Hondas also have a very reasonable average cost of £560 for repairs.