Throughout the years German cars have earned the reputation of being extremely reliable vehicles, thanks to their amazing performance and high-tech engineering. This might be one of the most popular misconception about German brands: they certainly offer superior technology and power, but when it comes to reliability they don't hold the best track record.
According to Warranty Direct, the leading warranty provider in the UK, German manufacturer such as Audi, BMW and Volkswagen have fallen below average reliability in the industry. The supplier has based its study on the cars most and least likely to have problems with their engines, because in terms of performance Germans can still do it better.
From the data of 50,000 consumer policies emerged that Audi's engine failure rate was much higher than any other carmaker on the market, with the exception of the defunct MG Rover Group, which topped the list with 1 in 13 cars breaking down for the same problem. In the past year 1 in 27 Audi engines failed, which quite honestly is not what is expected from such high-end, expensive vehicles.
In third place was Mini, with 1 in 40 units breaking down, in seventh place another German favourite, BMW, which failure rate was 1 in 45, while Volkswagen finished in ninth place with 1 in 52 engines going straight to the garage. Fortunately it's not all bad for Teutonic manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz came third in the top 10 of the most reliable engines.
So which one are the most reliable brands on the market in term of engine reliability? Apparently Japanese automakers are the strongest, Honda topped the list with an outstanding failure rate of 1 in 344 units, followed by Toyota, with 1 engine in 171, while Lexuscame sixth with 1 in 101.
It's important to note that often engine failure is caused by neglect. Due to the high cost of spare parts and labour, drivers prefer to ignore certain signs of malfunction, rather than spending money on service. Eventually the engine fail and the motorist is left with even higher expenses, as the cost of a luxury car unit might be up to £12,000.
Most reliable engines
- 1. Honda (failure rate: 1 in 344)
- 2. Toyota (failure rate: 1 in 171)
- 3. Mercedes-Benz (failure rate: 1 in 119)
- 4. Volvo (failure rate: 1 in 111)
- 5. Jaguar (failure rate: 1 in 103)
- 6. Lexus (failure rate: 1 in 101)
- 7. Fiat (failure rate: 1 in 85)
- 8. Ford (failure rate: 1 in 80)
- 9. Nissan (failure rate: 1 in 76)
- 10. Land Rover (failure rate: 1 in 72)
Least reliable engines
- 1. MG Rover (failure rate: 1 in 13)
- 2. Audi (failure rate: 1 in 27)
- 3. Mini (failure rate: 1 in 40)
- 4. Saab (failure rate: 1 in 40)
- 5. Vauxhall (failure rate: 1 in 41)
- 6. Peugeot (failure rate: 1 in 44)
- 7. BMW (failure rate: 1 in 45)
- 8. Renault (failure rate: 1 in 46)
- 9. Volkswagen (failure rate: 1 in 52)
- 10. Mitsubishi (failure rate: 1 in 59)