What cars are less and more often break down on the roadMay 7, 2020
AutoBild magazine has compiled a list of cars that break down less often and more often directly on the road. The study is based on data from the German auto club ADAC.
For more than a hundred years, the ADAC club has come to the aid of motorists who break down on the road. In 2019, its members went to more than 3 million 700 thousand calls, which on average amounted to more than 10 000 rescue operations per day. When mechanics make a call, they fix the make and model of the car, as well as its malfunction, so that journalists can then collect summary data and determine the least and most problematic cars, as well as name the breakdowns that they most often encounter (in this case just completed AutoBuild).
So what does the statistics show? Oddly enough, out of 113 models of cars of 25 brands that turned out to be in it, German premium cars are the most reliable – Audi (A1, A3, A4, A5, Q3, Q5, A6), BMW (1,2,3, 4, 5-Series, X1 X3) and Mercedes (A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA, GLC, GLK, GLE). However, this does not apply to the entire suite – the Mercedes E-Class turned out to be a very “fragile” car (model until 2013), it often has problems with components such as a starter, ignition switch and battery, as well as steering defects.
In addition, a couple of Toyota (Aygo, Yaris) and Mitsubishi (Space Star, ASX) models were among the best. Finally, Citroën C3, Honda Jazz, Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur, Fiat Punto, Peugeot 2008, Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Rapid and Mini also received praise.
But in the list of outsiders were two Smart (Fortwo and Forfour), Fiat 500, Ford Kuga, Hyundai i20, Peugot 308 and Opel Insignia. Also often on the road minivans broke – Ford S-Max, Seat Alhambra, VW Sharan and Opel Meriva. But still, most of all there were problems with the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Ceed. However, in fairness, it should be noted that Kashkai as such is doing well – his reputation was only dampened by the on-board battery, which often failed.
However, the battery problem is typical for all cars: according to the statistics of ADAC accidents, it accounts for 41.8% of all malfunctions (on average, the battery fails at 5-6 years of age). Next, the most common problems are the engine (these include, for example, injection, sensors and ignition) – their share is 17.4%. TOP-3 closes electronics malfunctions (in particular, starter and lighting) – they account for 10.6% of all failures.
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