2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
German vehicles performed better than ever before in the annual used vehicle report by the GTÜ testing organization. Nevertheless, around 6.3 million cars had problems with the brakes during the main inspections in the first half of the year.
The quality of German cars has continued to improve. In the annual used vehicle report of the testing organization GTÜ, local makes did better than ever before. The luxury sports car Mercedes-Benz SL achieved the best result. The small and compact car class is still firmly in Japanese hands.
Five million general inspections evaluated
Over five million main inspections were evaluated. The most reliable small car is the Fiat 500. In the class of four to five year olds, which is more interesting for used car buyers, the Mazda2 takes the lead with a rate of 15.2 percent. And even at the age of six to seven and eight to nine, the little Japanese leaves the competition behind. The only German model in one of the top three places in an age group is the Audi A2, which is third among the eight to nine year olds Rank holds. The rear in the respective age groups are Dacia Logan, Renault Twingo, Fiat Panda and Daewoo Matiz.
When it comes to compact cars, the Toyota Prius is the undisputed deficiency dwarf. The VW Golf V is the only German model to make it to second place among six to seven year olds with 26.9 percent. But the Wolfsburg-based company is also represented in the rear lights: the VW Golf IV Variant station wagon holds the red lantern among the young used cars. In the three other age groups, the Fiat Stilo brings up the rear.
Lexus IS wins in the middle class
The most reliable mid-range sedan is the Lexus IS. Only in the eight to nine year old class is the Honda Accord at the top. But Germans are also represented: the Audi A4 takes second place among four to five year olds, the Mercedes C-Class comes third among eight to nine year olds. Nissan Primera, Renault Laguna and Alfa Romeo 156 bottom out in their respective age groups.
In the upper and luxury class, the increase in quality pays off for German manufacturers. The class of young used vehicles is firmly in the hands of the local premium brands. The BMW 6 Series is a deficiency, followed by the VW Phaeton and BMW 7 Series. In the other age groups, the Jaguar XK sports car comes out on top. At the bottom of the ranking is the Audi A8 among the young used cars. The Volvo V70 / S80 performs worst in the other three classes.
Tiguan there for the first time and right at the top
The Germans can shine with sports cars and convertibles. With a defect rate of 1.5 percent among one- to three-year-olds, the Mercedes SL has the best result of all the model series. The Ford Focus CC achieved top scores among four to five year olds with 7.0 percent, while the Porsche Boxster was ahead with six to seven year olds with 16.0 percent. From the age of eight to nine, there is no getting around the Porsche 911. The testers found most deficiencies in the Peugeot 207 CC, Opel Astra Cabrio, VW Golf III / IV Cabrio and Alfa Romeo GTV / Spider.
The VW Tiguan immediately took first place among the young SUVs and off-road vehicles. In the two middle age groups, the Porsche Cayenne takes the lead. The Toyota RAV4 shows the fewest defects between the ages of eight and nine. The worst performers were Kia Sorento, Jeep Wrangler and Kia Sportage. In the eight to nine year olds, the large Korean SUV even has a defect rate of 183.7 percent - a negative record.
52 percent have defects
The van and mini-van class, which is particularly popular with families, dominates the Seat Altea in the first two age groups. The Mercedes B-Class is in the lead among the six to seven year olds. The Opel Meriva is the least vulnerable van in the eight to nine year old class; Nevertheless, 62.6 percent of the vehicles show defects. Renault Megane and Chrysler Voyager are lagging behind in the last places. For eight to nine year olds, the large US van even has a defect rate of 168.9 percent.
A total of just under 52 percent of the 42 million registered cars in Germany are defective. 18.5 percent even show considerable deficiencies, including traffic insecurity. One reason is the old age of the vehicles; On average, a registered car has already been around eight years. In addition, 10.7 million cars with defective lighting and electrics take part in traffic. More than 20 percent of the cars are even older than twelve years. Around 6.3 million vehicles have problems with their brakes.
In the age group of nine and over, the examiners complained about 70 percent of the vehicles presented. At 24.7 percent, lighting and electrical systems are most frequently affected by deficiencies. The braking system is criticized in 18.3 percent of the vehicles, the axles, wheels and tires are faulty in 14.9 percent of the vehicles. This is followed by environmental pollution and defects on the chassis with 15.9 percent and 11.2 percent respectively. (mid)
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