5 car stereotypes that are surprisingly true

Japanese cars are especially reliable

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The thing is, they actually are. According to Warranty Direct’s reliability index, which uses vast amounts of data compiled from warranty claims made outside manufacturer warranty periods, Japanese cars are by far the most reliable vehicles on the road.

Seven out of the ten car manufacturers ranked as the most reliable are from Japan including: Daihatsu, Honda, Suzuki, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus and Nissan.

Delve further into the study and you’ll find Japan produces all of the five vehicles judged to be the most reliable on Britain’s roads.

To be more specific the models listed are as follows: Mitsibushi’s Lancer, the Toyota IQ, Honda’s Jazz and Insight models as well as Nissan’s Almero Tino.

 Audi drivers tend to drive like twats

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Audi driver doing what Audi driver does (Flickr/Li Jing Xi)

Now, I could have quite easily not used any stats to back this one up, but I can, so I will.

Data stored within those nasty little black boxes Admiral puts in some of its customer’s cars suggested that steering behind four little rings were the worst out there. It goes on to say that ‘When it comes to the worst drivers in the land, our data shows a profile of a white Audi-driving man in his early 20s. He more than likely works as a project manager and has no children’.

Alfa Romeos look great but are actually shite

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Looks great but it’s probably shite (Flickr/Dean Groom)

Alfa Romeo has given us so many lovely looking cars over the years, but how many would you actually like to own?

Going back to the reliability index that I mentioned earlier, Alfa Romeo drops in at a shoddy, but not so surprising, 34 out of 38. To me modern Alfa ownership seems to be a form of mechanical masochism and it’s one I’m happy to stay away from.

French cars are plagued with electrical issues

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Flickr/Mark Ittleman

This one may have came about many decades ago but it seems plenty of French cars have still got a shocking reliability record when it comes to electronics. Take a look at the lower end of the top 100 cars from the Warranty Direct reliability index and you’ll discover that many are French.

If you click on individual models you’ll then be able to see a breakdown that displays how many warranty claims were attributed to electrical failures. Peugeot’s 1007 for example – the weird little car with the sliding doors – 41.43% of its failures were in relation to electronics. The Renault Laguna also clocks up an impressive 29.51% electrical failure rate.

Volvos are safe cars

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Volvo has always been a pioneer when it comes to safety (Flickr/Simon Yeo)

Volvo has always been known as a pioneer when it comes to safety. Three point safety belts, side impact protection, curtain airbags and automatic braking systems were all technologies that were either devised, refined or made popular by Volvo.

Should you end up being in a car accident then it turns out there are much worse places to be than inside a Volvo car. The company’s XC90 off-roader scored a near perfect 97% when tested by Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). Look closer and you’ll realise that all of its cars tested since 2003 have scored a full 5 stars in Euro NCAP testing, with the worst score the company has ever received being 4 out of 5!