Wednesday November 23rd, 2011 17:32 The World’s Top Cars for Toughness and Reliability

When most people buy a new car, they’re looking for something that looks cool, is in their price range, and will suit their needs – you won’t see a family buying a two-seater, for example. However, there’s one selling point that’s becoming increasingly important these days, and that is reliability.

With winters getting harsher, and incomes getting smaller, tough, reliable cars are becoming preferable to sportier models. How does your car stack up compared to the toughest cars ever built? The following cars have all scored highly on reliability tests, and have had a minimum of warranty issues over the last ten years:

Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 is a four wheel drive that’s fun to drive. If you’re looking for something sporty but hard-wearing then this is a great choice. It’s expensive to find one second hand, but worth the money.
If you can’t find the RAV4, then look for other Toyotas – several of their cars scored highly.

Honda

The Honda CR-V is a flexible, easy to drive, 4×4 that doesn’t eat up the entire road. It’s easier to find a low cost used Honda CR-V than its Toyota counterpart, and it’s a perfect suburban car. Honda is another brand that generally scored well.

Land Rover

The Land Rover Defender is in a class of its own. It’s a tough, iconic vehicle that most definitely means business. Land Rover service fees will add to the total cost of ownership, but if you want something that you could take on safari, then this is definitely the vehicle for you. The 400 and the 75 models also made it on the reliability list.

Volvo

The Volvo XC90 has definitely proved itself as a serious, heavyweight vehicle. It looks great inside and out, is smooth and powerful, and performs well on all kinds of services. As an added bonus, it’s not an expensive car to pick up second hand, and Volvo service costsare good value considering the kind of performance you’re getting for your money. The S/V40 also scored well.

Nissan

This may come as surprise, but the Nissan Micra does well on the reliability stakes. You couldn’t take it up mountains and across bumpy fields, but for day to day driving it’s a tough, roomy, and reliable car that’s easy to drive and cheap to own.

Nissan Micra

All of the vehicles listed above are relatively new ones, simply because they’re the ones that statistics are available for. That’s not to say that older vehicles are any more or less reliable. If you’re looking for a cheap, hardwearing car that will serve you and your family well for many journeys to come, then don’t dismiss an older model just because of its age.

There are many old models that have good reputations, and that are perfect for someone with a little know-how when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. However, if you’re the type that just wants to buy and drive, a newer vehicle that is still under warranty is a much better choice.

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Main Dealer Discount who offer access to discounted servicing for most makes and models of vehicle.

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Tuesday January 25th, 2011 15:46 There is a New Volvo in Town

Volve C-30

With Volvo recently releasing details of its all-new C-30 Coupe, some may question the state of the previous champion of this class, the Volkswagen Golf. The C-30 is Volvo’s first attempt to dethrone the Golf, the question is are they or will they be successful.

The C-30 is a real technological advancement for Volvo. The C-30 takes after its older brother the C-60. The C-60 was the first of its kind to commercially introduce revolutionary enhancements such as, City Safety. Now on the C-30, these enhancements have become even more refined. Now you might be wondering why with all of the features the C-30 brings to the table, why it doesn’t over reign the Golf? Truthfully, the Volvo C-30 is a healthy competitor, but price and fuel mileage are currently a big factor in making a vehicle decision. The C-30 sports a healthy 29 MPG, and the Golf around 31 MPG, both have a comparable rating however the Golf prevails. Next in the hatchback standoff is the price, the Volvo C-30 around £34,000, the Volkswagen Golf £30,800.

Now £3,000 pounds in a battle where both of the cars are extremely similar can be a big decision maker. Also, the some claim that the Volkswagen brand carries a more reliable name where Volvo is still only beginning in the realm of coupe hatchback vehicles. However, Volvo’s sneak attack of integrated technology could come into play in making a decision.

Even though it is likely both will have a five star safety rating, in the long haul the Volvo C-30 may in fact be a safer car. Only time will tell as Volvo releases the new hatchback. The C-30 scheduled for release in 2012 may or may not be a Volkswagen killer, but in the meantime Volkswagen may catch on to Volvo’s tricks.

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