Japanese cars top reliability poll

Japanese cars have been voted the most reliable in a new survey.

A poll of more than 64,000 Which? members and over 66,000 cars saw motoring firms from Japan take eight of the top ten places in the manufacturer reliability table.

Daihatsu led the pack with a score of 86.8%, with Honda, Toyota and Mazda following. Land Rover was last on 67.5%.

Meanwhile, Porsche topped the customer satisfaction table of sports cars, with Daihatsu and Lexus in second and third place.

However those who own an MG may want to make sure they have goodbreakdown cover as it came bottom place, being rated "poor" along with Vauxhall, Peugeot, Chrysler and Renault.

Topping the satisfaction table for an individual car model was the Honda Accord, followed by the Honda S200 and the Mazda MX-5.

The Honda Accord scored 97% in this category in contrast to the cars at the bottom of the satisfaction table, with the Renault Laguna scoring only 51% and the Renault Espace last of all with just 48%.

The Kia Picanto topped the table for new car reliability (nought to three years) in the supermini sector, with the Seat Ibiza bottom of the list. The Mazda 3 was considered the best medium car for new car reliability, with the Nissan Qashqai bottom.

In the large car sector, the most reliable was the Honda Insight, with the Ford Mondeo bottom of this particular table.

The most reliable luxury car was the Mercedes-Benz E-class, with the Volkswagen Golf Plus the best in the multi-purpose vehicle sector; the Toyota RAV4 the most reliable 4x4 or sports utility vehicle; and the Mercedes-Benz SLK named the best sports car.

The results have been published in Which? Car magazine.

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