Audi A5 ranks as least reliable car in survey
Here is one controversial story that has been largely buried by the automotive press. According to an article at ThisIsMoney.co.uk, the UK’s most reliable new car is the European-spec Honda Accord, while the stylish Audi A5 is most likely to break down, according to the 2009 Which? car survey.
Not available in the GCC, the Euro Accord will also not get tempers flaring, as it scored an astounding 99% in the report on trouble-free motoring.
But while the muscular Audi A5 may have won praise for its looks and handling, it is also the most likely new car to leave its proud new owner posing by the roadside, scoring a low 76%. Incidentally, the German company is celebrating 100 years of automaking, largely promoting their motorsports victories rather than actual products.
The Which? survey rates new cars on users happiness, taking into account breakdowns, faults and even niggles, which are guaranteed to get the buyer of a new car cursing.
Japanese cars fared the best, with the sun-compact Honda Jazz coming second with 98% alongside the Daihatsu Sirion, also with 98%, followed by the new Hyundai i30.
The Which? survey was not good news for those who have opted for style and speed over a less inspiring dependability, with the A5 being joined by the Jaguar XF, at 78%, and the Alfa Romeo 159, at 79%, among the least reliable list. It seems to be proof that none of the usual suspects have cleaned up their act.
But the family-orientated European-spec Ford Galaxy minivan did squeeze into the unreliability stakes before the Jaguar and the Alfa, scoring a lowly 76%.
The biggest problem with new cars identified by the survey was electrical systems, which are supposedly meant to make cars more efficient, reliable and comfortable.
Most reliable new cars:
1 Honda Accord (2008-present) – 98.5%
2 Honda Jazz (2008-present) – 98.2%
3 Daihatsu Sirion (2005-present) – 97.5%
4 Hyundai i30 (2007-present) – 96.8%
5 Ford Fiesta (2008-present) – 96.2%
6 Honda Jazz (2002-2008) – 95.9%
7 Honda Civic Hybrid (2006-present) -95.7%
8 Citroën C1 (2005-present) – 95.7%
9 Toyota Prius (2004-present) – 95.0%
10 Mazda 3 (2004-2008) – 94.4%
Least reliable new cars:
1 Audi A5 (2007-present) – 75.8%
2 Ford Galaxy (2006-present) – 76.3%
3 Jaguar XF (2008-present) – 78.0%
4 Alfa Romeo 159 (2006-present) – 79.0%
5 Land Rover Discovery LR3 (2004-present) – 79.5%
6 Ford S-Max (2006-present) – 79.9%
6 Land Rover Freelander LR2 (2006-present) – 80.1%
8 Volvo XC90 (2002-present) – 80.6%
9 Jaguar S-Type (1999-2007) – 81.2%
10 Hyundai Santa Fe (2006-present) – 82.2%