Which? names the most reliable new cars of 2012 – with a budget 4×4 scooping the crown of Britain’s most dependable car.
A modern car that’s less than three years old shouldn’t go wrong, right? Not so, according to the 2012 Which? Car Survey – there can be a huge difference between the best and worst car models when it comes to reliability and faults.
And don’t assume that if you pay a lot of money for a new car that it will be problem-free. In fact, our survey of 47,716 cars demonstrates that, in some cases, exactly the opposite applies.
Skoda Yeti: the most reliable car of 2012
Budget brand Skoda tops our dependability chart, with petrol versions of its Yeti compact 4×4 chalking up an almost faultless score of 98% (the diesel Yeti scores 93%). Surprisingly, another petrol 4×4 follows in second place – the Honda CR-V.
Languishing at the other end of the new car reliability table is a rather more luxurious 4×4 – the Range Rover Sport. Despite costing nearly £50,000 (to the Yeti’s £15,000), it can muster only a paltry 63.4% for reliability.
In third place is the diminutive Citroën C1 city car – the most reliable supermini for the second year running.
Japanese cars dominate
Overall, five of the top 10 models are Japanese, with the remaining coming from France (two), Germany (two) and Czech Republic (one).
Two hybrid cars also make the top 10 – the Toyota Auris Hybrid and Honda Insight.
Top 10 new cars for reliability
1. Skoda Yeti (2009-, petrol versions) 98.0%
2. Honda CR-V (2007-, petrol versions) 97.0%
3. Citroën C1 (2005-) 96.9%
4. VW Passat/Passat estate (2010-) 96.5%
5. Toyota Auris Hybrid (2010-) 96.4%
6. Honda Insight (2009-) 96.1%
=6. Renault Mégane (2008-) 96.1%
8. Honda Jazz (2008-) 96.0%
9. BMW 1 Series Coupé (2008-) 95.9%
10. Nissan Note (2006-, petrol versions) 95.8%
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