UK’S POTHOLE-PROOF CARS REVEALED







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 19, 2011
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Honda cars are the most resilient to pothole damage, saving drivers hundreds of pounds in repairs each year, according to new research by Potholes.co.uk.

The road maintenance campaign website, set up by the UK’s leading warranty provider Warranty Direct, analysed tens of thousands of policies* to reveal the cars most and least susceptible to the nation’s biggest bugbear – potholes. This winter, UK roads are set to become the worst ‘in a generation.’

After Honda, the most ‘pothole-proof’ manufacturers are Toyota and Hyundai, with less than 2% of their cars suffering axle and suspension damage attributable to potholes and other road defects.

Conversely, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover models are the most likely to be defeated by the UK’s pothole-riddled roads, with more than 10% suffering damage each year.

While the average payout for pothole-induced suspension damage is £309, Warranty Direct and Potholes.co.uk have indentified recent claims as high as £2,420.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, said; ‘With last year’s road damage barely dealt with, a repeat of those harsh winter weather conditions could see our highways deteriorate to the worst state they’ve been in for a generation.

‘As councils struggle to solve the pothole problem, consumers can at least be smart about their vehicle of choice. We’ve found some cars have an uncanny ability to absorb the jolts from even the most severe road craters, while others aren’t so resilient.’

‘Particularly surprising is that high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than ‘value’ manufacturers. However, we wouldn’t lambast those at the bottom of the pile because the roads are just so bad.’

Anyone can report a road defect and share their story using Potholes.co.uk, which has contact details for councils across England, Scotland and Wales.

Top 10 most resilient manufacturers

(Chance of pothole induced suspension damage in an average year)

Make Incident rate**
1 HONDA 1.4%
2 TOYOTA 1.5%
3 HYUNDAI 1.7%
4 NISSAN 2.0%
5 KIA 2.1%
6 MITSUBISHI 2.2%
7 MINI 3.0%
8 SUZUKI 3.1%
9 FORD 3.4%
10 MAZDA 3.4%

Top 10 least resilient manufacturers

(Chance of pothole induced suspension damage in an average year)

Make Incident rate**
1 CHRYSLER 12.2%
2 SMART 10.6%
3 MERCEDES-BENZ 10.4%
4 LANDROVER 10.1%
5 JAGUAR 9.4%
6 SAAB 8.5%
7 FIAT 7.4%
8 BMW 6.8%
9 SEAT 6.6%
10 VAUXHALL 6.4%