Honda tops reliability survey

* Eighth win in a row for Honda * Japanese manufacturers perform well * Premium brands finish at bottom of table...

Honda tops reliability survey

Honda is the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK, according to the annual survey of more than 50,000 car owners conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct.

It's the eighth year in a row that the Japanese company has secured the top spot in the poll, which includes 38 manufacturers across Warranty Direct policies on vehicles of between three and eight years of age.

Brands from the Far East dominate the top 10 of the survey. Suzuki and Hyundai finish second and third behind Honda, with Subaru and Toyota completing the top five. Only Chevrolet and Ford manage to break the stranglehold, finishing in seventh and ninth places respectively.

The bottom three places in the manufacturers table are all filled by premium brands - Porsche (36th), Land Rover (37th) and Bentley (38th). Their poor showings are compounded by relatively high repair bills.

The most reliable models overall are the Mitsubishi Lancer and Vauxhall Agila - and they're also the cheapest to repair.

Most reliable used car brands

Listed below are the most reliable used car brands based on claim data from Warranty Direct. Due to the huge differences between the best and worst performers, cars with average reliability and better are placed 12th and above.

1. Honda
2. Suzuki
3. Hyundai
4. Subaru
5. Toyota
6. Lexus
7. Chevrolet
8. Mitsubishi
9. Ford
10. Mazda
11. Nissan
12. Fiat
13. Citroen
14. Skoda
15. Peugeot
16. Daewoo
17. Smart
18. Kia
19. Seat
20. Vauxhall
21. Volkswagen
22. Mini
23. Renault
24. Rover
25. Saab
26. BMW
27. Volvo
28. MG
29. Jaguar
30. Mercedes-Benz
31. Audi
32. Jeep
33. Chrysler
34. SsangYong
35. Alfa Romeo
36. Porsche
37. Land Rover
38. Bentley

By John McIlroy