STUDY: Peugeot 207 is most reliable used car image

According to a recent study conducted by Warranty Direct, the most reliable 3 – 7 year old car built in Europe is the Peugeot 207.

The study revealed that only 6 per cent of Peugeot 207s break down in an average year – that’s just one in 17.

Fiat’s Panda is the second most reliable, with only 14% of owners likely to have to pay for repairs, followed by another Peugeot, the 206 CC, which, as well as needing relatively little attention, is also cheap to repair when it does go wrong, costing on average £185 to put right.

Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher said: “Some people might be surprised to seeFiat and Peugeot claiming the top three positions, but the data doesn’t lie – these cars are very dependable – It’s perhaps less surprising to see a couple of VWs in the top 10.

The most un reliable used car in the Europe is ( strange ) the 2006 – Mercedes S Class and the 2001 – 2008 BMW 7 Series.

Top 10 most reliable European cars

Reliability Index Rating / Incident Rate / Average Repair Cost (£)
1. Peugeot 207 (2006 – ): 22 / 6% / £331.92
2. Fiat Panda (2004 – ): 28 / 14% / £195.95
3. Peugeot 206 CC (2000 – 2007): 32 / 17% / £185.40
4. Volkswagen Polo (2005 – ): 35 / 18% / £190.48
5. Renault Clio (2005 – ): 36 / 21% / £173.40
6. Volkswagen Beetle (1999 – ): 39 / 20% / £198.25
7 Smart Forfour (2004 – 2007): 48 / 25% / £194.67
8. Volvo S40 (2004 – ): 51 / 23% / £223.13
9. Peugeot 107 (2005 – ): 54 / 21% / £248.46
10. Mercedes SLK (1996 – 2004): 55 / 18% / £296.73

Top 5 least reliable European cars

Reliability Index Rating / Incident Rate / Average Repair Cost (£)
1. Mercedes SL (2002 – ): 349 / 47% / £742.10
2. Range Rover (2002 – ): 264 / 53% / 499.43
3. Renault Espace (2002 – ): 264 / 54% / 491.26
4. Mercedes S-Class (2006 – ): 239 / 47% / 505.22
5. BMW 7 Series (2001 – 2008): 232 / 45% / 514.40