Reliability built in – in Japan

The Which? magazine’s car section has found that not only are Japanese cars reliable, but they are more reliable than they were a few years ago.

This phenomenon, unfortunately, only appears to extend to cars manufactured there. The Honda Civic, assembled in Swindon, in the UK, failed to match Honda’s worldwide number one rating of 85 per cent, with the British version only achieving an 82 per cent reliability rating.

This is behind Toyota (84 per cent), Daihatsu, Lexus, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki – all of which achieved 83 per cent.

Other British marques fared badly too – Land Rover’s reliability put it joint bottom of the table with the American brands Chrysler and Dodge only scoring 67 per cent. Vauxhall scored 75 per cent, while Jaguar and Mini could only manage 78 per cent reliability.

Richard Headland, editor of Which? Car, says: "Japan continues to show the rest of the world how to make consistently reliable cars, although the new Honda Civic shows they’re not infallible. Some British-built cars, on the other hand, don’t exactly run like clockwork. Land Rover, in particular, needs to raise its game."

The German vehicles, which are also considered technologically advanced and well built, have faltered a little and their Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz marques all have average reliability scores, while Volkswagen is rated as poor – the Passatt recorded a rating of 80 per cent.

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