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Peugeot 207 Most Reliable 3-7 Year Old European Car

Warranty Direct has revealed that the most reliable 3 - 7 year old car built in Europe is the Peugeot 207.

The 207 was launched in 2006, so Warranty Direct has three years of warranty claims figures on which to base this assertion, finding only one in 17 breaking down in an average year.

Warranty Direct analysed more than 20,000 live policies on European cars* aged 3 to 7 years for its Reliability Index website (www.reliabilityindex.com).

At the other end of the scale, 47% of the Mercedes SL models covered by Warranty Direct recorded a fault, with 36% of those suspension-related.

Top 10 most reliable European cars

 

Make

Model

Reliability Index Rating

Incident Rate

Average Repair Cost (£)

1

Peugeot

207 (06-)

22

6%

331.92

2

Fiat

Panda (04-)

28

14%

195.95

3

Peugeot

206 CC (00-07)

32

17%

185.40

4

Volkswagen

Polo (05-)

35

18%

190.48

5

Renault

Clio (05-)

36

21%

173.40

6

Volkswagen

Beetle (99-)

39

20%

198.25

7

Smart

Forfour (04-07)

48

25%

194.67

8

Volvo

S40 (04-)

51

23%

223.13

9

Peugeot

107 (05-)

54

21%

248.46

10

Mercedes-Benz

SLK (96-04)

55

18%

296.73

 

Fiat’s Panda is the second most reliable, with only 14% of owners likely to have to pay for repairs, followed by another Peugeot, the 206 CC, which, as well as needing relatively little attention, is also cheap to repair when it does go wrong, costing on average £185 to put right.

The Renault Clio is the cheapest to repair at £173 on average, while the most expensive single claim among the bottom five cars was £7,239 for a BMW 7-Series fault.

To measure a car’s overall reliability and running costs, Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index reviews rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost to calculate its rating, called Reliability Index.

Bottom 5 least reliable European cars

 

Make

Model

Reliability Index Rating

Incident Rate

Average Repair Cost (£)

1

Mercedes-Benz

SL (02-)

349

47%

742.10

2

Land Rover

Range Rover (02-)

264

53%

499.43

3

Renault

Espace (02-)

264

54%

491.26

4

Mercedes-Benz

S-Class (06-)

239

47%

505.22

5

BMW

7 Series (01-08)

232

45%

514.40

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Some people might be surprised to see Fiat and Peugeot claiming the top three positions, but the data doesn’t lie - these cars are very dependable - It’s perhaps less surprising to see a couple of VWs in the top 10.

“Running a car is a costly business, particularly when a car moves into its fourth and fifth year, when most cars leave the protection of a manufacturer warranty. Anything that gives a little extra peace of mind, like getting further warranty cover or simply doing research about the car you’re buying, is worthwhile.”

More information can be found at any time at Warranty Direct’s www.reliabilityindex.co.uk website.

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*Cars made by European manufacturers, cars not all necessarily built within Europe.

Data on www.reliabilityindex.co.uk may not appear exactly as above because, in the interest of robustness, only vehicles under a certain age and represented by a requisite number of Warranty Direct policies are included in press materials.

Launched in 1997, Warranty Direct www.warrantydirect.co.uk was the first direct consumer Warranty Company to operate in the UK. It was the first to offer cover against failures caused by ‘wear & tear’ and pioneered warranty cover against faults found during MOT and service procedures. It has also spearheaded several major motoring campaigns, most notably regarding the state of the UK’s potholed roads and the cost of the hourly labour rate for workshop mechanics. It is owned by Cardif Pinnacle, a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc and subsidiary of global banking house, BNP Paribas

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