Research into nearly 900,000 cars, operated by Britain’s biggest 50 leasing companies, has found that BMW Group’s model range is the country's reliable – for the second year in a row.

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The FN50 reliability survey, undertaken by Fleet News and financial consultants Grant Thornton, asks leasing companies to assess reliability according to the number of breakdowns per model on their fleet. As the majority of the surveyed vehicles are used for business and so are subjected to higher than average mileage and are in constant use in all conditions. Such a testing environment means that winning the FN50 is a true testament to the reliability of a car.

"This is one of the largest vehicle reliability surveys of its kind and it reviews a market where cars are subjected to some of the most testing conditions they will ever face on the road," said Mr Stephen Briers, Editor of Fleet News. "As a result, being listed anywhere in this table is a major achievement. However, to be named most reliable is a real testament to the hard work and commitment from a manufacturer to produce cars that British businesses can rely on every day."

BMW scored first place overall in the survey with three entries in the top 10 most reliable cars list courtesy of the BMW 3 Series (2nd), BMW 5 Series (5th) and MINI (8th).

"We’re absolutely delighted to win this award because the FN50 Reliability Survey is based on cold, hard facts, not opinion or interpretation," said Mr Steve Chater, BMW Group Corporate Operations Manager. "Leasing companies’ businesses rely on having extremely accurate information on the operational performance of the cars they lease, so when they say you are the most reliable, it is definitive."Having won a number of environmental awards in the past year for EfficientDynamics, it is gratifying to see that we are also leaders in another vital area of the ownership experience."

FN50 Survey results:

  • Most reliable car manufacturer
  1. BMW
  2. Honda
  3. Audi
  4. Toyota
  5. Volkswagen
  6. Mercedes-Benz
  7. Ford
  8. Mazda
  9. Nissan
  10. Skoda
  • Most reliable car
  1. Honda Civic
  2. BMW 3 Series
  3. Honda Jazz
  4. Honda Accord
  5. BMW 5 Series
  6. Audi A4
  7. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  8. MINI
  9. Toyota Avensis
  10. Volkswagen Golf