Most Reliable Cars in 2018 - Suzuki hits the top spot!

What are the survey responses scored on?

Suzuki’s reliability was hailed as the best by drivers in the magazine’s survey where more than 18,000 people gave thier feedback on the reliability of their cars. 

The survey classifies the faults into 14 groups

  • Battery
  • Bodywork
  • Brakes
  • Engine
  • Engine electrics
  • Exhaust
  • Exterior lights
  • Fuel system
  • Gearbox/clutch
  • Interior trim
  • Non-engine electrics
  • Steering
  • Suspension


For each of the faults above, owners were asked to identify time their vehicle spent off the road using categories ranging from less than one day to more than a week. They were also asked for details on repair costs ranging from free fixes covered by the manufacturer's warranty to costs of more than £1,500. The information was weighted according to the severity of the fault; those that cost the most and kept the car off the road the longest were penalised the heaviest.

From this data, WhatCar? compiled ratings for 159 models from 31 different car brands with the Suzuki S-Cross coming out on top! 

For the full report on What Car's 2018 Reliability Survey, click here.

Subaru also claims a top spot on the list

Subaru, a brand which promotes itself on safety and reliability proved it can back up it's claims coming equal 4th in the rankings with an overall score of 95.8%.

You're unlikely to remain loyal to a brand that regularly leaves you stranded by the roadside and this is where Subaru comes into it's own with their world class safety and reliability. 

Not forgetting Nissan... 

Whilst electric cars are still in their infancy with continuing developments in technology, reliability can be one area were people are still very wary.

The Nissan Leaf seems to have no problems scoring a massive 97.7% coming out way above the Tesla Model S which scored just 50.9%. 

For the full report on the electric car reliability survey, click here.

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