ADAC has made public the report for 2021 related to car breakdowns. In the small class, the Dacia Sandero demonstrates excellent reliability.
After becoming the best-selling model to private customers in Europe, Dacia Sandero confirms again. The ADAC report, which centralizes the number of damages per 1000 registered copies, confirms it. Thus, the Romanian hatch manages to overcome small models with pretensions, such as Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and even Toyota Yaris.
Dacia Sandero, leader in reliability
For example, only 2.6 per thousand of the specimens registered in 2018 in Germany registered defects. Sure, the defect rate increases with older specimens, but it doesn’t become alarming. Thus, 17.8 copies per 1,000 registered in 2011 had problems. For comparison, Ford Fiesta (19.7 per thousand), Hyundai i20 (42.2 per thousand), Peugeot 207 (30.1 per thousand), Seat Ibiza (22.3 per thousand), Skoda Fabia, Yeti and Roomster ( all with over 21 per thousand) and VW Polo (20.6 per thousand) are overtaken by the Sandero / Stepway pair.
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Sure, it can be even better. Surprisingly for some, the most reliable car registered in 2011 and 2012 is the Fiat Punto (8.9 per thousand and 8.8 per thousand, respectively). The absolute reliability records are held by Mini Cooper from 2018 (0.7 failures per thousand), Suzuki Swift 2018 (0.6 per thousand) and VW Polo 2018 (0.6 per thousand). On the other hand, the highest failure rate is recorded by the Hyundai i20 in 2011 (42.2 per thousand), 2012 (43.0 per thousand) and 2013 (37.3 per thousand).
The conclusion? Pay close attention to what new model or SH you buy. The ranking of reliability in the classic form in which I knew it was upset. Models known as reliable have dropped in the rankings, leaving room for those considered sensitive. Fiat Punto breaks down 4 times less often than Hyunda i20, Toyota Yaris still steps in the “yellow” area, and Mini Cooper is the most reliable model. And I don’t expect the Germans to make a gift to the Italians or the Romanians, knowing how nationalistic they are.