Britians best pothole-proof cars revealed

According to the latest research from Potholes.co.uk, the most resilient cars to pothole damage on British roads are Honda’s, and these save their owner hundreds of pounds a year in repairs. The leading warranty provider in the UK, Warranty Direct, set up the road maintenance campaign website and analysed thousands of policies to find out which cars were the least and most susceptible to the biggest bugbear on the nations roads; potholes.

After Honda, the second and third most pothole proofs cars come fromToyotaand Hyundai, as less than 2% of their vehicles suffer from suspension and axle damage that can be directly attributed to potholes and other defects in the road. This is good news for drivers who own those cars as this winter, is has been said that theUKroads are set to become the worst state they’ve been in for a generation.

At the other end of the scale, the cars most likely to be affected by the pothole riddled roads of theUKare Mercedes-Benz. Land Rover and Chrysler. More than 10% of these cars suffer damage each year from potholes.

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%