Mazda-MX-5 'most reliable car in the UK'
08 August 2012
With motoring costs getting ever more expensive in the UK, drivers are placing more emphasis on reliability - even when picking cars that may not be used every day.
Many people who love the thrill that being on the open road can bring have a car that is reserved just for the joy of driving.
But that doesn't mean that roadside breakdowns are any less annoying when they occur.
However, in its annual survey of more than 50,000 cars, What Car? magazine has found that the Mazda MX-5 is the most reliable auto in Britain - not just the sportscar least likely to suffer an engine malfunction, but the most reliable of any class in the UK.
Mazda MX-5 sportscars manufactured since 2005 were observed to have recorded a failure rate of just four percent. As 96 per cent of MX-5s are fault-free, it also achieved an impressive Reliability Index (RI) score of eight (the lower score, the better the car) - compared to the average score of 100 for all other models
Mazda's aftersales director David Wilson-Green said the results came as no surprise to him
He stated: "The Mazda MX-5 has won many awards over the years and regularly achieves excellent reviews in the national media for the pure driving enjoyment it provides and its distinctive good looks.
Our Japanese brand is renowned for its engineering expertise and for its remarkably reliable models, which is one of the reasons we have so many loyal customers."
One reason that drivers may opt for a less reliable car is to keep down costs.
The best cars also tend to be the most expensive, but acquiring a vehicle as part of a contract hire scheme could allow motorists to avoid the pricey upfront costs.
For example, the Mazda MX-5 Convertible Special Edition 1.8i Kuro two-door version has a list price of over £18,000, but it can be leased from as little as £287.65 a month.