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Audi A1 is UK’s most reliable car, says

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Local garage and mechanic comparison service has named the Audi A1 as the UK’s most reliable car, following analysis of its data.

It compared the number of repairs carried out through its website and compared those figures to official car registration statistics from the Department of Transport.

There are more than 170,000  Audi A1’s registered on UK roads and only 107 needed a repair through the service between September 2017 and September 2018.

The company also calculated how much each car costs to maintain at different ages, from brand new to 15 years old. Using data from jobs completed in 2018, it has created an average cost for each car per year. Each figure includes servicing, MOT and any unexpected repairs that may arise.

The data shows that the Hyundai i10, which has been named as the fifth most reliable car, is likely to cost more than £470 over the course of a year.

The Mercedes A class, however, is the 11th most reliable on the list and has a considerably lower average maintenance cost (the third lowest on the list) of £289.

According to the data, the Fiat Punto is the cheapest car to maintain, costing only £255 per year.

The 2019 JD Power survey named Peugeot as the most reliable car brand.


Top 10 most reliable cars:

  1. Audi A1 has a one in 1,610 chance of a repair in the next year.
  2. Renault Clio, one in 1,249
  3. Nissan Note, one in 1,055 
  4. Seat Leon, one in 864 
  5. Hyundai i10, one in 292 
  6. Renault Megane, one in 155 
  7. Citroen C4, one in 153 
  8. Citroen C3, one in 148 
  9. Citroen C1, one in 140 
  10. Vauxhall Zafira, one in 125 


Top five most expensive cars to maintain:

  1. BMW 5 Series – £585
  2. Mercedes C Class – £557
  3. Volkswagen Passat – £543
  4. BMW 1 Series – £518
  5. BMW 3 Series – £486


Top five cheapest cars to maintain:

  1. Fiat Punto – £255
  2. Peugeot 206 – £283
  3. Mercedes A Class – £289
  4. Citroen C4 – £293
  5. Renault Megane – £310

All of the data is available to view here.

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