J.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

J.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

J.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016The J.D. Power 2016 UK Vehicle Dependability Study named Skoda as the country’s most dependable car brand. The study, which is based on the responses of over 13,000 motorists, measures problems experienced during the past 12 months after 12-36 months of ownership. What model should you buy if you’re after something you can rely on?

City car

Highest ranked: Kia PicantoJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

J.D. Power examined 177 problem symptoms across eight categories: engine and transmission; vehicle exterior; driving experience; features/controls/displays; audio/communication/entertainment/navigation; seats; heating; ventilation and cooling; and vehicle interior. The little Kia Picanto drives away with the award for the most dependable city car. Looks like you won’t be needing that seven-year warranty.

Second place: Suzuki AltoJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Suzuki Alto is no longer available, having been replaced by the Celerio. But a second place finish suggests it could make for an excellent second-hand buy. In the Vehicle Dependability Study, overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. Suzuki finished second overall, with a score of 79 problems per 100 vehicles.

Third place: Volkswagen UpJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Volkswagen Up is one of our favourite new cars at any price, so it’s good to see it scooping third place in the city car category. The Up has been updated with a subtle facelift and a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Compact car

Highest ranked: Toyota AurisJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Moving up a segment, the Toyota Auris is the highest ranked compact car in the J.D. Power survey. It’s not the most exciting car in its class, which explains why it is often overlooked, but the Auris is available as a hybrid and Touring Sports estate. Prices start from £14,995. What price dependability?

Second place: Skoda OctaviaJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Octavia’s space and value for money give it an edge over the Volkswagen Golf upon which it is based. Skoda topped the overall study, with a remarkably low score of 66 problems per 100 vehicles putting it streets ahead of the pack.

Third place: Hyundai i30J.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Overall, Hyundai finished a lowly 18th, so this is an impressive result for the i30. Prices start from £12,995 and it’s offered with Hyundai’s excellent five-year warranty.

Compact SUV

Highest ranked: Skoda YetiJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Skoda Yeti is the compact SUV that can do no wrong, making regular appearances in studies such as this. The Yeti arrived in 2009 and has been an incredibly successful car for the Czech firm. Next year it will be joined by the Kodiaq – a new seven-seat SUV.

Second place: Volkswagen TiguanJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

There’s a new Volkswagen Tiguan on the block, but the J.D. Power survey will be based on the outgoing model. The new Tiguan faces fresh competition from the cheaper SEAT Ateca.

Third place: Vauxhall MokkaJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Vauxhall finished fourth overall, assisted in no small part by an impressive performance from the Mokka. A facelifted Mokka X will go on sale in October with prices starting from £17,590, which is about £800 more the current Mokka.

Large and luxury

Highest ranked: Mercedes-Benz E-ClassJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

No surprise to find the E-Class wafting away with the large and luxury award. That said, Mercedes-Benz will be disappointed to finish 20th in the J.D. Power UK Vehicle Dependability Survey.

Second place: Jaguar XFJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

We love the Jaguar XF, but have to admit the E-Class just manages to top it in the luxury department. But if you’re after stylish good looks, a gorgeous interior and keen driving dynamics, it’s hard to ignore.

Third place: BMW 5 SeriesJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

BMW finished 21st in the overall study, so in this respect the 5 Series is bucking the trend. Begs the question: how badly did the other BMW models perform?

Mid-size car

Highest ranked: Vauxhall InsigniaJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Boom! To all those who dismiss the Vauxhall Insignia, this is a kick in the teeth. While it’s hardly an exciting choice, it’s wonderfully adept at covering great distances in comfort and efficiency. In fact, its biggest crime is arguably its ubiquity.

Second place: Mercedes-Benz C-ClassJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

It’s official: if you want a mid-size car you can rely on, don’t buy a C-Class, buy an Insignia. In fairness to the C-Class, it is a class above in terms of image, quality and tech. And a second place finish is a solid result.

Third place: Ford MondeoJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Ford Mondeo is much better than many people give it credit for. Not only does it offer excellent value for money, it’s also incredibly spacious and loaded with a fair amount of kit. It’s just a shame cars like these are being forgotten in favour of SUVs and crossovers.

Small car

Highest ranked: Skoda FabiaJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

A victory for common sense. The Skoda Fabia is based on the Volkswagen Polo, but offers better value for money. Prices start from £10,750 for the hatchback and £12,630 for the estate.

Second place: Volkswagen PoloJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Volkswagen Polo, on the other hand, starts from £11,525, and while there is a subtle increase in quality, you have to question whether it is worth the extra expense. On the flip side, the Polo should be worth more on the second-hand market.

Third place: Peugeot 208J.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

The Peugeot 208 has been on the market a while, but its i-Cockpit still sparks debate. Some love the raised dials/small steering combo, while others loathe it. Whatever, the 208 should be dependable.

Third place: Vauxhall CorsaJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Tied on third place is the Vauxhall Corsa. While it has to play second fiddle to the Ford Fiesta in terms of sales, the J.D. Power study suggests the Corsa should be more reliable. It’s also a thoroughly good supermini.

Small MPV

Highest ranked: Ford B-MaxJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

And so to the final category – small MPVs, otherwise known as the cars guaranteed to slow your progress on a B-road. In fairness, the B-Max is surprisingly good fun to drive, whilst delivering practicality and the convenience of sliding doors.

Second place: Nissan NoteJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

Part-supermini, part-small MPV, 100% Nissan. The hugely-successful Qashqai and Juke are conspicuous by their absence, leaving the Note to fly the flag for Nissan.

Third place: Honda JazzJ.D. Power reveals the most dependable cars of 2016

There’s an unwritten rule that says a Honda Jazz must appear in surveys such as this. As it happens, it just manages to scrape into the J.D. Power UK Dependability Study, bringing joy to lawn bowls clubs across the land.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed

Top 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track

Cholmondeley Power and SpeedCholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 takes place on 10-12 June at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Tickets are available from the website.

This year, the theme is ‘Supercars Past, Present and Future’ – so what better excuse to count down the 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track since the event began in 2008? Fasten your seatbelts…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed10. Aston Martin Centenary Vanquish – 68.46 seconds

Aston Martin’s 100th birthday present to itself, this special-edition Vanquish set a lap time of 68.46 seconds in the marque’s centenary year of 2013. What a way to mark the occasion.

With a 570hp V12, the Vanquish launches to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while carbon-ceramic brakes scrub off speed for the corners. It also looks and sounds fantastic – a real treat for the Cholmondeley crowd.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed9. Ford GT – 68.08 seconds

This retro-remake of the 1960s Ford GT40 was another real crowd-pleaser at Cholmondeley. It was brought along by the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 2014.

The GT lapped the track in 68.08 seconds, putting it in ninth place overall. Its mid-mounted 5.4-litre supercharged V8 delivers 558hp and 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed8. Bentley Continental Supersport – 67.09 seconds

Until the GT Speed and GT3-R versions of the Continental GT arrived, the 630hp Supersports was Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever.  

You might not expect the big Bentley to be especially quick around a racetrack, but a 67.09-second lap time, set back in 2010, proves otherwise. It also hits a top speed of 204mph.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed7. Jaguar XJ220 – 67.05 seconds

The Jaguar XJ220 is another supercar leviathan that confounds expectations around a racetrack. Only 271 XJ220s were made, and one set a 67.05-second lap.

It might not hold the Cholmondeley record, but the XJ220 was the first production car with more than 500hp – and fastest car in the world when launched in 1992. So it deserves a place in history.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed6. Ferrari 458 Italia – 66.59 seconds

Moving into the modern era, the Ferrari 458 Italia is widely seen as one of the best driver’s cars ever made. There has been more than one 458 at Cholmondeley over the years, but the best time of 66.59 seconds was achieved in 2012.

The 458 Italia has a howling 570hp 5.5-litre V8 and a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It was recently replaced by the turbocharged 488 GTB.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed5. Porsche Carrera 4S – 65.28 seconds

With 400hp to the Ferrari’s 570hp, the Porsche 911 has done well to lap the Cholmondeley track more than a second quicker. Perhaps it helped that this Carrera 4 version had four-wheel drive.

The Carrera 4S packs a 3.8-litre flat-six engine and sprints to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. However, it’s still not the fastest Porsche 911 here, as we shall discover…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed4. Nissan GT-R – 64.99 seconds

The car the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’ takes fourth place in the Cholmondeley rankings. Its time of 64.99 seconds was set in 2012 by Jann Mardenborough, the first British winner of Nissan’s GT Academy.

Mardenborough’s GT-R boasted 550hp, although the latest 2017 car is even more powerful – with 570hp. Use the launch control and it will reach 60mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed3. Porsche 911 Turbo S – 64.81 seconds

Here’s that other Porsche 911 we talked about. The mighty twin-turbocharged 560hp Turbo S just pipped its rival Nissan GT-R, with a lap time of 64.81 seconds.

The seventh-generation ‘991’ Turbo S can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds – considerably quicker, it should be noted – than a McLaren F1. Still not enough to top the Cholmondeley leaderboard, though…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed2. McLaren 650S – 63.87 seconds

McLaren has five decades of F1 experience, although it didn’t launch its current range of road cars until 2011. Three years later, the 650S set a stunning 63.87-second lap time.

Interestingly, the McLaren 675LT – a modified ‘long tail’ version of the 650S – has recently set the fastest time ever around the Top Gear test track. This car has slightly less power, but will still reach 207mph…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed1. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 – 63.54 seconds and 62.64 seconds

Holding the TWO fastest Cholmondeley lap times is no mean feat for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4. The four-wheel-drive Italian supercar really is as fast as it looks.

In 2011, the Gallardo Spyder Performante set a time of 63.54 seconds. Two years later, the lightweight Superleggera version went nearly a second quicker. Will anything beat the Lamborghini in 2016?

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