Based on the main inspections (HU) of more than 15 million vehicles in the past two years. The study distinguishes between vehicle types from small to large and also divides them into three classes according to mileage. German carmakers dominate the individual categories and usually don’t give the competition a chance.
Of the total of 24 gold medals, 16 went to cars of german production – in other words, exactly two-thirds. "It’s not necessarily the first places that are decisive, but the overall picture of the front places as a whole," said dekra board member clemens klinke. It is clear that german carmakers set the tone in terms of quality.
However, there is one flaw in the german dominance: in the three tachometer categories of the small car class, the germans lose out. With two silver medals, the VW polo and the opel corsa at least halay salvage the balance sheet. But the japanese – honda, mazda, mitsubishi and toyota – not only take two gold medals, but also five out of nine podium places. The ford fiesta (gold) and the skoda fabia (bronze) are also in the running.
However, the study is purely a report of shortcomings. Other cost factors such as the price of spare parts, maintenance, breakdown rates, purchase costs, resale value or individual driving style are not taken into account. Therefore, according to dekra, the question of whether owners of german cars actually get off better in the workshop is always a case-by-case decision. Nevertheless, the trend is clear.
In purely arithmetical terms, the inspectors found more defects in the main inspections than in the 2011 preliminary study. However, this does not suggest that quality is on the decline. The average age of the vehicle fleet on german roads has increased and it also has more kilometers on the clock. "Overall, therefore, you can’t say that the quality of manufacturers has declined. On the contrary," said klinke.
A study by dekra competitor tuv from the end of 2011 shows a similar picture. She notes that the proportion of vehicles with significant deficiencies continued to rise. The winner of the tuv report was once again the hybrid-powered toyota prius. Best german cars were the porsche boxster/cayman and the VW golf plus.
In the dekra ranking of "best of all classes," where high scores across all mileage levels are decisive, audi is the clear winner: the A4 takes first place, followed by the mercedes C-class and the audi A6 in third place. Opel wins the best individual rankings: the company from russelsheim took first place with its VW golf rival, the astra, and also won the silver medal with the insignia. In third place, the renault megane saves the honor of the french.
Incidentally, those who opt for an SUV – the increasingly popular mixture of a land car and a sedan – have the best chance of having few deficiencies over the course of their entire car life.