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Warranty Direct reveals the most reliable cars of the last 15 years

The Mitsubishi Lancer has emerged as the most reliable car of the last 15 years, according to Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index. The model took the top spot out of more than 450 models after factors such as a car’s breakdown rate, repair costs, and average age and mileage were taken into account.

The ranking, which has become an ‘industry benchmark’ for used car reliability, placed the Vauxhall Agila second place in the top 10 most reliable cars since 1997. This was followed by the Suzuki Alto, Toyota Aygo, the Honda HR-V and Volvo S40.

The remaining five places were occupied by the Mazda MX-5, the Mercedes E Class and Toyota Yaris, and the Honda Jazz.

The Index also revealed the least reliable cars between 1997 and 2012. The Audi RS6 emerged as the least reliable car in the ranking, followed in second place by the BMW M5. The remaining top five places were occupied, in order, by the Mercedes SL, the Mercedes V-Class and Mercedes CL.

The last five places were taken up by the Audi A6 Allroad, the Bentley Continental GT, the Porsche 911 (996), the Land Rover Range Rover and the Citroen XM.

“During our 15 years in business, we’ve racked up an enormously comprehensive database of cars and what makes them tick, or rather, what doesn’t,” said Duncan McClure Fisher, Direct managing director.

“Most people looking to buy a used car hold reliability close to the top of their requirements, so the information our Reliability Index now holds is a vital tool for any purchaser,” he added.

“Over the years, we’ve seen countless new technologies introduced to cars – they are now more complex than ever and, while many innovations are geared towards important considerations, like safety, it also means there is more and more that can go wrong.”

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