VOLVO’s cars were once dismissed as boring, boxy but safe.
Now owners have had the last laugh — the company makes the most reliable motor on the road in Britain.
Its XC40 raced ahead in an annual poll of drivers.
Described as a “chunky SUV”, the 2018 model got a 98 per cent reliability rating for breakdowns, mechanical and electrical faults over the past year.
The Swedish motor was one of only two non-Japanese cars in the Auto Express Driver Power top ten.
It came ahead of six models from Toyota and its luxury Lexus brand, a Nissan and a Subaru.
The Peugeot 3008 Mk2, also an SUV, came seventh.
Reliability is a growing factor for car buyers particular as modern motors now come with so many built in extras such as Bluetooth, satnavs and infotainment and hybrid fuel systems which can be expensive if they go wrong.
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Auto Express said: “If you don’t have reliability you don’t have much, whether you’re buying a new car or a used car, large or small, expensive or cheap.”
“No amount of technology, performance, luxury or drop-dead gorgeous design will help you if your new vehicle won’t start, breaks down with monotonous regularity or racks up the kind of repair bills that make you wonder if you’d have been better off buying a helicopter.”
“Reliability might be a bit boring but it’s essential.”