Luxury cars breakdown more often than cheap runarounds: Complex electronic gadgets going wrong blamed for the faults

If you splash out on a fancy new car, you’d think that the price tag would reflect its quality – not to mention its reliability.

But luxury cars are actually more likely to develop faults than cheaper small cars, research has found.

This may be because they are often weighed down with complex electronic gadgets that can easily go wrong.

Consumer group Which? found that 36 per cent of cars costing around £50,000 are likely to have developed a fault in the past year.

Consumer group Which? found that 36 per cent of cars costing around £50,000 are likely to have developed a fault in the past year

By comparison, small city cars costing around £10,000 were the most reliable, with only 25 per cent of owners reporting a fault.

The huge amounts of technology packed into the modern car mean there is a greater chance of drivers being met with a cacophony of alarms and warning messages every time they start up.

It could be anything from sensors monitoring tyre pressure to problems with the sat nav.

And such is the sophistication of the latest models that tinkering under the bonnet won’t provide a fix. The consumer group has not published the names of the vehicles with the best and worst reliability.

But city cars that cost around £10,000 new include the Hyundai i10, the Volkswagen Up, and the Skoda Citigo. A city car is a small car suitable for driving in towns and cities.

Which? said: ‘If you’d just spent £49,000 on a luxury car what would you expect?

‘Leather seats and plenty of features, but probably not lots of trips to your garage to get it repaired. However, the 2017 Which? Car Survey has revealed that the most expensive class of car on the market is also one of the most prone to faults.’

Looking at other categories, the fault score for compact and large SUVs was 35 per cent. It was 34 per cent for estates and 28 per cent for sports cars.

The survey comes as the automotive industry has been dogged with widespread car issues.

Volkswagen triggered an international scandal in 2015 by inserting devices into diesel vehicles which reduced emissions readings during testing. While it has been offering a fix to UK customers, there have been reports that some of the modified vehicles have suffered problems as a result, including a sudden loss of power.

Recalls that have been running since January last year include the Citroen C4 Picasso and Peugeot 308 because of concerns the doors may open unexpectedly.

Toyota warned of a loss of power in its Avensis and Verso models, while Renault has reported problems with the wheels and rear spoiler on Clio models.

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