Was one of the topics that most interest generated last week. What are the 10 brands most reliable on the market? According to the OCU, well, we could state that the most reliable, by far, are the japanese. His study had come to a conclusion that coincided curiously with the cast by other independent studies, to which we have had access to in the past few years, such as J. D. Power. To day of today already we can resolve some of the doubts that last week we had regarding this report. And we can also give you some additional data, such as the top 10 SUVS most reliable on the market and, of course, the 5 least reliable. You can see here a headline: the more reliable it is Swedish, and the least reliable is one of the SUV’s most desired in Europe. And you probably it’s hard to believe that it has been positioned as the SUV less reliable on the market.
The reliability index is weighted to enhance the impact of severe damage, especially those concerning the security, or activities that involve the use of a crane to bring the car to the workshop.
During these days, we have spoken with the OCU to confirm how to have developed their index of reliability. The methodology of this survey has been based on the responses of more than 30,000 drivers, and its valuation of more than 70,000 vehicles. The survey has only been carried out in Spain, but also in France, Belgium, Italy and Portugal, european markets with a range of cars very similar to our own.
The OCU confirms to us the other side that its index of reliability is based on failures that include not only the most serious (those that affect the mechanics), but also the more common, which tend to be related to electronic problems. To construct this index, the OCU has weighted each breakdown in function of their severity, so that a problem with the central locking not to be considered exactly as a serious problem, such as a breakage of the transmission. In the weighting breakdowns and more serious, which would criminalize more the index of reliability of a car, would be the related elements of safety, or that cause a greater prejudice (which imply the need to call a crane).
As you’ll see in the list that we show below, the OCU has not only taken into consideration the vehicles that are currently for sale, but all vehicles still lead the drivers surveyed. Surveys such as those developed by J. D. Power sometimes guilty of focusing on a spectrum very specific market, and in cars registered over the last 12 months, or the last three years. That is a problem, that faults and incidents, the more weight it will have in the survey will be those due to premature failure, or even factory defects. Since it is common that a good part of the time the failures start to occur a few years after the manufacture of the car, with the passage of time and miles. The weighting also takes into account the number of kilometres travelled and the age of the vehicle.
This is interesting, because perhaps this survey is not as valuable to take it into account when purchasing a new car as it can be to decide which car we purchase in the market of occasion.
1. Volvo XC 60 2.0 D (2008-2013): 96
2. Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 D (2011-2015): 95
3. KIA Sportage 1.7 D (2010-2015): 94
4. BMW X1 18d (2011-2015): 94
5. Honda CR-V 2.2 D (2006-2012): 93
6. BMW X3 20d (from 2011): 93
7. Honda CR-V 2.2 D (2004-2006): 93
8. Audi Q3 2.0 D (2011-2015): 92
9. Nissan X-Trail 2.2 D (2007-2010): 92
10. BMW X3 2.0 D (2011-2014): 92
As I said before, a reliability index higher is the indicator used to assert that a car is less prone to suffer less damage, and less serious, which an index of reliability low. The SUV’s that have had a reliability index lower, and therefore are less reliable, are the following:
1. Range Rover Evoque 2.2 D (from 2011)
2. Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 D (2006-2008)
3. Chevrolet Captiva 2.0 D (2006-2008)
4. Mitsubishi ASX 1.8 D (since 2010)
5. Hyundai ix35 1.7 D (2010-2015)