Italian car brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo have rocked the seemingly stable dependability boat by beating German and Japanese brands for the captainship of reliability. Respected British publication What Car has shattered many stereotype myths, placing Italian brands close to the shining lighthouse of rock solid reliability.
For the 2018 What Car Reliability Survey, the publication analysed data from over 18,000 car owners to generate its ranking of the most reliable vehicles. This list consists of 159 models from 31 different car brands and reveals the most and the least dependable executive cars aged one to four years old.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia (2016 - present) managed to beat all of its German competition as well as some Japanese stablemates, to end up at number 3 of the most reliable executive cars. It's score of 96.9% beat vehicles like the BMW 3-Series (2012-present) at number 4, Audi A3 Saloon (2013-present) at number 7 and Volkswagen Passat (2015-present) that placed at number 10.
In a post from Claire Evans, What Car stated that only 17% of Giulia cars had a fault, with the majority of these being minor issues like a fault with the air-con or exterior lights for instance. All of these faults had been fixed under warranty.
In terms of reliability by brand for vehicles one to four years old Fiat came in at #14 with a score of 94%, in the process beating out brands such as Honda (#15 - 93.8%), BMW (#16 - 93.4%) and Volkswagen (#17 - 92.9%). Alfa Romeo was listed at #8, thanks to a score of 95.5%.
"The Giulia is showcasing Alfa Romeo's investments into the brand are bearing fruit," says Graham Eagle, CEO at FCA South Africa. "Not only is it a dynamic and stylish executive sedan filled with passion, but it is also a high quality, sensible, reliable premium sedan capable of taking on the best in build quality."