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THE Honda Civic has been named the most reliable popular family car for making the Christmas getaway as trouble-free as possible.
<p><strong>THE Honda Civic has been named the most reliable popular family car for making the Christmas getaway as trouble-free as possible. </strong></p><p> </p><p>Millions of people will be hitting the road to visit friends and relatives this Yuletide after the disappointment of last year’s pandemic-hit festive season.</p><p> </p><p>And that means a range of vehicles – from larger hatchbacks to SUVs – will be transporting adults, kids, presents and even pets along the highways of the land.</p><p> </p><p>So the automotive boffins at leading motoring association <a href="" title=""><u>MotorEasy</u></a> have delved into their extensive data to discover which of the country’s top selling family cars really deliver when it comes to repair costs and frequency. </p><p> </p><p>The Civic tops the charts thanks to an impressive reliability rating that’s more than triple that of the second-placed Audi A3. </p><p> </p><p>Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of <a href="" title=""><u>MotorEasy</u></a>, said: “The key to a good family car is a steady, reliable motor that will get the whole clan from A to B comfortably. </p><p> </p><p>“That’s especially important at Christmas and New Year when any delays for breakdowns and repairs would ruin plans laid out well in advance for families and friends getting together to celebrate. </p><p> </p><p>“The top 10 models have a very varied reliability rating that may come as a surprise to many. </p><p> </p><p>“Our data reveals the Honda Civic fares best with lower repair costs and a lower frequency for these repairs.”</p><p> </p><p>To accurately rank the cars, experts at MotorEasy developed their own Reliability Index to measure dependability as an average of the frequency and cost of repairs for more than 1,200 models. </p><p> </p><p>In doing so it reveals some of the hidden costs of ownership, as well as the likelihood of something going wrong.</p><p> </p><p>Each model is given a reliability score ranging from -100 for a high frequency and/or high cost of repair, through to +100 where there is a low frequency and cost of repair. </p><p> </p><p>The index also includes model-specific data on the typical repairs needed for each model – including the percentage of claims for engine, gearbox, electrical system, suspension, braking system and fuel system repairs – and the average cost for each. </p><p> </p><p>The Honda Civic emerged with an impressive score of +40.5, more than triple that of its nearest rival the Audi A3 which achieved a mark of +13. </p><p> </p><p>A breakdown of the data revealed the average engine repair for a Honda Civic costs £289.18 and a 2% frequency of claims made. </p><p> </p><p>This is compared to the Audi A3, which has an average engine repair cost of £595.91 and a 24% frequency of claims made. </p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Nissan Duke make up the top five with reliability ratings in positive numbers. </p><p> </p><p>The Nissan Qashqai comes in sixth place with a reliability score of -7.5. MotorEasy data says the average cost of a Qashqai engine repair is £1,236.71, and a frequency of 21% of claims made.</p><p> </p><p>The Volkswagen Golf, which has just over a million models on UK roads at the last count, earned a reliability score of -13.5 which brings it in at number seven. </p><p> </p><p>The Mercedes A Class comes in at number eight with a reliability rating of -19, while two BMWs – the 3 Series and 1 Series – are ninth and 10th respectively </p><p> </p><p>The MotorEasy Reliability Index is based on warranty claims and member car repairs over the past two years for models between three and 15 years old.</p><p> </p><p>For more information visit<a href="" title=""><u></u></a> </p><p> </p><p>ENDS </p><p> </p><p><strong><u>MOTOREASY’S MOST RELIABLE FAMILY CARS FOR THE CHRISTMAS GETAWAY</u></strong></p><p> </p><p><strong>RankMakeModelNo. on UK roadsReliability Rating </strong></p><p>1.HondaCivic337,382+40.5</p><p>2. Audi A3435,755+13</p><p>3.FordFocus1,149,721+7</p><p>4.VauxhallAstra800,982+5</p><p>5.NissanDuke305,163+3</p><p>6. NissanQashqai574,302-7.5</p><p>7.Volkswagen Golf1,039,125-13.5</p><p>8.MercedesA Class350,422-19</p><p>9.BMW3 Series572,540-22.5</p><p>10.BMW1 Series401,299-32</p><p> </p>
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