With everybody keeping one eye on the economy and their personal finances nowadays, more and more people are looking for reliable cars rather than racing cars. Winter is starting to rear its head and cars are put under even more strain during the difficult colder months, so if you’re looking to invest in a new car then you should be on the lookout for the most reliable car around. Studies to determine this accolade are ten to the dozen, so we’ve compiled the three cars that appear on the most lists for reliability.
It’s difficult to ascertain the most reliable model of car, as 4x4s and vans are naturally going to be put under more strain than a city car or a small hatchback. Only manufacturers who have consistently achieved status on reliability are credited.
The Kia Picanto cuts a lonely figure in the reliability tests as one of the only Kia models to make consistent lists. However it does feature in almost every collection of reliable city cars but also packs enough punch to break into the top lists ranging across all types of car. The South Korean car giants achieved fame through their significantly cheaper list price than their European and American competition. In their development they’re now beginning to be more than just “cheaper alternatives” to better cars by outperforming them in reliability tests.
Despite being founded in the same city three years after Kia was formed, Hyundai have since become the largest and most successful car manufacturer in South Korea; eventually purchasing a majority share in Kia in 1998. Both the Hyundai Getz and the Coupe models make repeated appearances on reliability tests and there’s clearly a pattern of build quality and production in South Korea. Hyundai are putting significant investment into the fuel efficiency of their cars and improving their image as being inexpensive imports, and looking at the lists it’s beginning to work.
The number one spot belongs to a manufacturer that completes the Oriental dominance of car reliability, along with Kia and Hyundai. East of the Seoul giants over the Pacific is the island of Japan and the monolithic Suzuki Motor Corporation, which has been leading reliability lists ever since their Jimny mini 4×4 debuted in 1998. More recent winners include the Vitara (both the ’98 and the ’05 models) and the Alto city car. Suzuki are famed not only for their reliability but for their performance and safety, both important factors in the modern competitive car market.
Asia’s dominance of the electronics and gadgetry market is beginning to show in the increased quality of their vehicles. Modern cars are equipped with a whole manner of computers to ensure their efficiency, safety and reliability and it’s no surprise that Asia are beginning to make headway into these fields. Their approach is both futuristic yet simplistic, European manufacturers are constantly trying to out show each other and can end up over complicating their cars with expensive technology that isn’t fully understood. The in roads that Japan, Korea and China are making into the automobile market are only going to become wider as the focus shifts to alternative energies and a greener future. Asia are miles ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to innovative eco solutions, just look at the Prius.