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Nissan Leaf and Suzuki models top Consumer NZ car reliability poll
The all-electric Nissan Leaf was the most reliable model in Consumer NZ’s latest car reliability survey.l
Consumer NZ head of testing Paul Smith said the Leaf’s performance was no surprise, given it had no combustion engine or gearbox, the two most complicated and problematic parts of a car.
"Just four percent of Leafs in our survey had a major reliability problem that caused significant repair costs or time off the road. The majority of Leaf owners, 97 percent, were very satisfied with this electric car,” Mr Smith said.
Of 23 brands analysed in Consumer NZ’s survey, Suzuki was the most reliable with 20 percent of 432 Suzuki owners reporting a major failure. That compared with 33 percent on average across all brands. Land Rover, Volvo and Daihatsu were the worst performers, with more than half of owners reporting major problems in the past year.
The Suzuki Swift
“The survey results confirm what we all assume: cars get less reliable as they get older and travel more kilometres. Buyers looking for an older-than-average car might want to consider a Lexus. Fifty-seven percent of Lexus owners with cars 14 years or older reported major problems, compared with 76 percent of all cars this age,” Mr Smith said.
Almost half (46 percent) of cars on New Zealand roads are used imports, the majority from Japan. Consumer NZ’s survey found no difference in reliability between an import and a New Zealand-new car. Owners were just as satisfied too.
The survey also found buying a new car doesn’t guarantee trouble-free motoring. Thirteen percent of new cars under four years old suffered a major fault.
Best and worst models:
Most reliable: Suzuki Swift
Most satisfied owners: Suzuki Swift
Least reliable: Ford Fiesta
Least satisfied owners: Holden Barina
Most reliable: Nissan Leaf (and most reliable overall)
Most satisfied owners: Nissan Leaf
Least reliable: Toyota Caldina
Least satisfied owners: Ford Focus
Most reliable: Skoda Octavia
Most satisfied owners: Skoda Octavia
Least reliable: Nissan Primera
Least satisfied owners: Toyota Avensis
Most reliable: Mitsubishi ASX
Most satisfied owners: Toyota Land Cruiser
Least reliable: Ford Territory
Least satisfied owners: Holden Captiva
The Mitsubishi ASX.
The survey covered 10,350 vehicles.Consumer NZ says it analysed 23 brands and 69 models. Results are for models with more than 30 responses.
The survey asked owners about serious, major and minor faults with their cars in the past 12 months, and also asked how satisfied they were with the car and how likely they were to recommend the model to friends and family.
The full report is in the November issue of Consumer magazine.
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