The Kia Picanto is the UK’s most reliable car, according to the Warranty Direct reliability index. The index, which ranks according to failure rates, cost of repair and time off road puts the Kia Picanto at number one, followed closely by the Vauxhall Agila, Honda Hr-V, Suzuki Alto and the Ford Fiesta. Kia offer a 7 year warranty on all their cars in the UK, and with a result like this, it seems to be a good marketing ploy that won’t cost them a fortune.
The Agila is a surprise inclusion, with many small MPV’s taking a bit of a battering by their owners and their children. The average rating for reliability is 100, with scores under that being better. The Fiesta comes in at a rating of 13, which shows that the best-selling car in the UK is a good choice for a savvy consumer.
Both Honda and Suzuki have two cars in the top ten, and it could be argued that the Ford built Mazda 2 gives Ford two place as well.
Unsurprisingly, high end cars perform badly in the ratings. With cost of repair and time off road being a factor, and the plethora of gizmos and technology in executive models, it is no shock to see the Mercedes-Benz SL and the Range Rover at the bottom of the pile. Both models have been out for a long time and will be expensive to repair compared to a small hatchback.
Whilst the index is not perfect, you can check the repair times, costs and types of repair by age for most cars available for sale in the UK, and even by manufacturer or vehicle type But the crown only goes to one car, the one with a 7 year warranty that you shouldn’t have to use, the Kia Picanto.