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Honda Civic overtakes BMW 3 Series as contract hire industry’s most reliable car

Honda Civic overtakes BMW 3 Series as contract hire industry’s most reliable car

After an eight-year reign as the most reliable car on contract hire, the BMW 3 Series has lost its title to the Honda Civic, according to this year’s car reliability survey published as part of the annual ‘FN50’ study of the UK’s 50 largest contract hire and leasing companies.

This year’s survey, compiled by trade publication Fleet News and revealed at the annual ‘FN50’ dinner in London has seen a significant shake-up of the rankings, with the entire top 10 of the reliability index changing places.

The knock-on effect is that there is a similar level of movement in the manufacturers’ table, although BMW retained its top spot.

However, Japanese and Korean brands have been far more successful this year, knocking the regular European manufacturers out of their top spots with Honda and Toyota in second and third places and Hyundai and Kia in fourth and sixth spots sandwiching Mercedes-Benz.

In the list of most reliable cars the Civic was followed by the 3 Series with its BMW stable, the 5 Series in third spot with the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A4 completing the top five.

With UK production, the Civic range is available as a hatchback or saloon with frugal petrol and diesel engines offering CO2 emissions from just 91g/km.

Marc Samuel, fleet sales operations manager, Honda UK, said: “To have the Honda Civic named as the most reliable car for fleets is a fantastic achievement and testament to the work we are doing to deliver a unique and more dynamic proposition to end users. The Civic is a recognised, sporty brand which is renowned for reliability. This achievement further reinforces our strong credentials in the fleet sector.”

Most reliable cars 2018 (2017 position)
  • (4) Honda Civic
  • (1) BMW 3 Series
  • (5) BMW 5 Series
  • (2) VW Golf
  • (9) Audi A4
  • (-) Ford Focus
  • (6) VW Passat
  • (-) Kia Ceed
  • (-) Toyota Prius
  • (8) Nissan Qashqai

Most reliable car manufacturers 2018 (2017 position)
  • (1) BMW
  • (6) Honda
  • (8) Toyota
  • (-) Hyundai
  • (3) Mercedes-Benz
  • (-) Kia
  • (2) Audi
  • (4) VW
  • (5) Ford
  • (7) Nissan