Latest DEKRA and TÜV reports show German cars have best long-term quality
German automobiles stand out when it comes to comfort, the highest safety and environmental standards, and premium quality. The German manufacturers’ quality drive is very successful, as shown by the excellent results of German brands in current quality rankings, the 2016 DEKRA Used Car Report and the 2016 TÜV Report.
“Both reports reveal that German cars are especially reliable. Our member companies give top priority to the highest quality in development and production. Alongside the manufacturers, the suppliers in particular contribute hugely to the long-term quality of German cars. They account for over 70 percent of the value-added in cars,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
For the 2016 Used Car Report, DEKRA’s experts assessed the results from a total of around 15 million general inspections in a period of two years. The data came from 474 models in all. Nine vehicle classes were each divided into three groups depending on the mileage (0 to 50,000 km, 50,001 to 100,000 km, and 100,001 to 150,000 km). Only those defects were evaluated that are genuinely relevant to grading the vehicles. Faults that are typically caused by the owner (e.g. poor maintenance), rather than by the vehicle itself, were not taken into consideration.
In this comprehensive study the German brands set the tone, being best placed 18 out of 27 times, and they included models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen. The winners on quality and reliability in five out of nine vehicle segments (upper medium class/luxury segment, sports cars/convertibles, off-roaders/SUVs, small vans, and vans) come from Germany.
This year the title of “Best of all Classes” – which goes to the vehicle with the best results on average across all vehicle classes and all three mileage ranges – went to the Audi A6, beating the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi Q5.
“It is noteworthy that the German models do especially well in the higher mileage ranges – from 50,000 to 150,000 kilometers. That documents the outstanding long-term quality of our cars,” Wissmann underscored.
Just like last year’s report, the 2016 TÜV Report awards its top places exclusively to models from German premium manufacturers, in some cases despite very high mileages. The overall winner was the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The top ten include six models from Mercedes-Benz, three from Audi (A6, Q5, A1) and the Porsche 911 Carrera.
This year’s TÜV Report is based on data from a total of nearly 9 million general inspections of 233 vehicle models within a period of twelve months (second half of 2014 and first half of 2015). The overall rate of faults fell markedly for the second time in succession. The TÜV Report therefore also shows that in general vehicles are becoming safer all the time.