Honda top for reliability - again

2013-03-07 08:04

LONDON, England - Audi, BMW and Volkswagen are ranked rather low on a British aftermarket warranty company’s ‘scale of shame’ while Honda and Toyota sat on top as the most reliable.

UK motoring magazine What Car? used data from 50 000 active Warranty Direct policies to determine the best and worst brands in terms of reliabilty. The company supplies direct consumer warranties to the public.

Not only was Honda shown as the most reliable car for 2013 but the Japanese automaker holds the rating for the seventh consecutive year in Britain’s What Car sruvey. In addition to that, they also rank tops for engine reliabity.

Read the full results here

Warranty Direct's MD Duncan McClure Fisher said the survey showed engine failure was the biggest fear for any motorist. “It's always dreaded because it can lead to the most astronomical costs due to parts and hours or labour required to fix them.

“The number of failures may be low compared to areas such as axle and suspension damage but engine repairs almost always result in costs reaching the thousands for vehicle owners not covered by a warranty."


The reliability index (RI) rating takes key aspects such as the number of times cars break down, average repair time and repair cost to determine this score. So, the lower the scrore, the better the rating.

According to the company's data, one in 27 Audi owners had engine issues with their car while Honda saw only one in every 345.

The average survey RI score is 100 where Honda’s was only 39 through 2012.

  • Thando Gqabaza - 2013-03-07 08:48

    No news to us that have owned Hondas. Might be a shock to VW people. I was talking to a VW owner who's car needed a new gearbox and he was like " Ag man, what car doesn't have issues like this ? "...

  • Vince Hobs - 2013-03-07 09:09

    I also drive one them,its actually for the 9th time that they are winning this award.will never drive any other brand other than a Honda.They are as reliable as a Defy fridge.

      Kwashic - 2013-03-07 09:14

      talking of fridges... My Defy fridge and microwave oven were not so great. The cheaper KIC actually performed better.

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-07 09:28

    On their website http://www.reliabilityindex.com/manufacturer this is how the top 10 manufacturers are: 1. Daihatsu 2. Suzuki 3. Honda 4. Chevrolet 5. Toyota 6. Hyundai 7. Lexus 8. Mazda 9. Ford 10. SKODA 11. Mitsubishi

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-07 09:29

    Top models on their website are: 1. Ford Fiesta 2. Vauxhall Agila 3. Mitsubishi Lancer 4. Suzuki Alto 5. Toyota Aygo 6. Toyota Yaris 7. Volvo S40 8. Honda HR-V 9. Citroen Saxo 10. Mazda MX-5

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-07 09:32

    So this means German car owners often tell the JD guys that they are very satisfied with their cars while busy making warranty claims for mechanical faults at the Warranty direct office :-)ha ha I trust this one more because it removes the subjectivity of the rich never admitting they made a mistake with their German luxury beauty. too proud and they always wanna seem better than everybody else.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2013-03-08 08:30

    Honda wins AGAIN !!

  • Charl Vdb - 2013-03-30 11:23

    VW owners are downvoting posts here I see

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