Vehicle Dependability Study:
Alto, Brio, Etios, City among the Most Dependable Cars In India.
Rahul Dravid a.k.a ‘The Wall’ was our Mr. Dependable in the field of Cricket. But when it comes to the field of Cars, Which ones are the Most Dependable Cars in India? Let’s find out-
J.D. Power Asia Pacific released its 2015’s Vehicle Dependability Study for India in June. The study, now in its eighth year, measures problems experienced by original owners of 30- to 42-month-old vehicles in 169 different problem symptoms across nine vehicle categories: vehicle exterior; driving experience; features, controls and displays (FCD); audio and entertainment; seats; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); vehicle interior; engine; and transmission. Overall dependability is based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher long-term vehicle quality.
Findings reveal that overall vehicle dependability in India has improved, averaging 206 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in 2015, down from 218 PP100 in 2014.
The study includes 65 models in 13 vehicle segments: multi-utility/ multi-purpose vehicle (MUV/ MPV); sport-utility vehicle (SUV); premium SUV; van; and car—entry compact; compact; upper compact; premium compact; entry midsize; midsize; premium midsize; entry luxury; and luxury.
So which ones are the Most Dependable Cars In India? Here is the Verdict:
Maruti Suzuki Alto
(Compact Car Segment)
Alto topped the compact car segment beating the competitors ‘Chevrolet Spark’ and its own sibling ‘Wagon R’. At 157 PP100, Alto owners reported fewer problems with the car compared to the Segment’s average of 185 PP100. Maruti Suzuki Alto requires fewer repairs than its rivals in the same segment and therefore is our pick for the Most Dependable Car in the Compact Segment.
(Upper Compact Car Segment)
Honda Brio edged past Ford Figo and Nissan Micra to sit at the top of the table with 116 PP100 against the segment’s average of 185 PP100. While the Figo and Micra reported 152 PP100 and 157 PP100 respectively. With fewer reported repairs, the Honda Brio makes for our favorite and the Most Dependable Car in the Upper Compact Car Segment.
(Premium Compact Car Segment)
The Premium Compact Car Segment sees the likes of rivals’ Maruti Suzuki’s Swift and Hyundai i20. Polo with fewer reported problems stands at the top of the list at 166 PP100 followed by Swift and a distant i20. For Hyundai, the contender i20 stood behind the Segment Average of 198 PP100. Our pick for the most Dependable Car in the Premium Compact Car Segment is the German engineered Volkswagen Polo.
Entry Midsize Car Segment
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are the top two leaders in the race of Nameplate performance and their cars deliver on the brands’ names. Etios is no exception, with a fewer repair requirement it tops the chart for the Entry Midsize Car Segment finishing ahead of rivals- Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire and Tata’s Indigo CS. At 153 PP100, it’s way above the Segment’s Average of 214 PP100 while the Tata Indigo is at a distant 290 PP100. Our pick for the Most Dependable Entry Midsize Car Segment: Toyota Etios.
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(Midsize Car Segment)
The Midsize Car Segment witnesses close competition between the likes of Honda City, Skoda Rapid and Ford Classic. Honda City with 146 PP100 stands tall at the top, while the the Rapid and the Ford Classic are the second and the third best with 160 PP100 and 164 PP100 respectively. The Segment average is 184 PP100. Our pick for the Most Dependable Midsize Car: Honda City.
(MUV/MPV Car Segment)
(MUV/MPV Car Segment)
This space has been witnessing new launches from manufacturers- Chevrolet Enjoy, Honda Mobilio, and the Nissan Evalia being some of the them. However, the list for the most dependable car in the MUV/MPV Segment sees competition between Maruti Suzuki and Toyota’s offerings and the result is a tie between Maruti’s Ertiga and Toyota’s Innova. At 177 PP100, both the Ertiga and Innova stand way ahead of the Segment average of 262 PP100, followed by Mahindra’s Bolero at 305 PP100. Most Dependable MUV/MPV in India? The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova are the answer.
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(SUV Car Segment)
SUV owners reported more problems compared to other segments. The SUV Segment averages 259 PP100. The only SUV with fewer reported problems than the Segment average is the Mahindra Scorpio at 254 PP100. Other cars in the segment like the XUV500 and the Tata Safari Dicor reported more problems than the Segment average with 272 PP100 and 289 PP100 respectively. Our pick for the Most Dependable SUV in India is the Mahindra Scorpio.
Since dependability is based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100) [with a lower score reflecting higher long-term vehicle quality], these cars make up for excellent choices for pre-owned/used cars. Click here to view the full report.
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