Well, apparently things have changed. This might be a bit of a surprise for those who have owned or dealt with a Peugeot or indeed any French car in the past decade, but they are now topping reliability surveys!
Peugeot 207 has just been announced as Europe’s most reliable car by Warranty Direct, the first direct consumer warranty company to operate in the UK. Their research to find the most reliable European car was actually very thorough as they analysed more than 20,000 live policies on three to seven year old cars made by European manufacturers and compared claims for repairs.. To measure a car’s overall reliability and running costs, Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index reviews rates of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost to calculate its rating for the Reliability Index.
Other Peugeots that managed to secure a decent place in the survey were the 206 CC in 3rd and the 107 at 9th. That is astonishing because in the olden days the Peugeots were commonly known as badly made, unreliable vehicles with trims that keep falling off!
The Warranty Direct survey reveals that the enormous popularity of Peugeot’s top-selling supermini is down to more than its good looks, economy, practicality and fun-to-drive nature. It also displays exemplary dependability, with owners experiencing just a 6% repair rate in an average year. That compares particularly well with the runner up, the Fiat Panda, which showed a 14% rate.
Warranty Direct Managing Director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “The Peugeot 207’s incredibly low incidence rate of just 6% is excellent and is certainly a match for the most reliable vehicles. “Three cars in the top ten is an impressive showing for Peugeot and we’d like to think that other manufacturers will be moved to improve their own reliability record.”