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Warranty Direct releases figures detaiing the cars damaged by the UK’s pothole epidemic, including the cars most frequently damaged by potholes

The list of the top 10 cars from three to eight years old most affected by potholes has been released by Warranty Direct.

The list was measured by the cars’ "chance of an axle and suspension-related claim annually".

The worst affected car is the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, while three other Mercedes models appeared in the top 10: the GL-Class at number five, the 2006-2009 Mercedes Mercedes-Benz E-Class at number nine and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class at number 10. 

Of the 10 worst affected vehicles, five are SUVs, while two saloons, two hatchbacks and an MPV make up the rest of the cars, including the Vauxhall Astra, Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery 3.

The least affected cars are the Ford S-Max and Nissan Qashqai, with neither car having been subject to a measurable percentage of policy claims. Interestingly, the BMW X5 features on both the top 10 and bottom 10 lists, although this anomaly can be put down to the differing criteria of the two lists.

A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson responded to the figures, saying: “The cars in question are not cars in our network, but owners of cars can contact us. There are no known issues with susceptibility to damage from potholes, but the focus needs to be upon the potholes and what will be done about repairing the roads. There is no record of susceptibility, and all of the cars that feature on the list are older models.”

Land Rover distanced itself in an official statement from the models mentioned in the list: "Land Rover is committed to providing a consistent high quality driving and ownership experience for all of its customers. The data concerns older and previous-generation models and does not reflect either the progress Land Rover has made in recent years or positive indicators from our own robust quality and customer satisfaction metrics."

Top 10 cars with the highest percentage chance of an annual axle and suspension related claim, by "percentage chance of an axle and suspension related claim annually"

Mercedes-Benz R-Class (2006-2015) - 15.82%

Saab 9-3 (2004-2012) - 15.05%

Hyundai Santa Fe (2006-2012) - 13.98%

Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004-2010) - 13.37%

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (2006-2015) - 12.61%

Vauxhall Astra (2004-2012) - 11.56%

Range Rover (2002-2013) - 11.28%

BMW X5 (2007-2013) - 11.27%

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2006-2009) - 11.17%

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (2005-2010) - 11.15%

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Top 10 cars with the "most robust suspension:, by "percentage axle and suspension claim of policies"

Ford S-Max (2006-2015) - 0.00%

Nissan Qashqai (2007-2014) - 0.00%

BMW X5 (2007-2013) - 0.60%

Mini Cooper (2006-2013) - 0.64%

Honda Jazz (2008-2016) - 0.69%

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2007-2011) - 0.72%

Vauxhall Corsa (2006-2014) - 0.74%

Land Rover Freelander (2006-2014) - 0.78%

Toyota Avensis (2003-2009) - 0.83%

Nissan Note (2006-2013) - 0.84%

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grumpy_o_g 16 January 2017


... isn't normally done at speeds of 30 mph+

Given that SUV's have the highest weight and C of G their suspension is working particularly hard. I think TegTypeR has it - their drivers don't tend to deviate round potholes or slow down for them the way Mclaren 675LT or Porsche 911 Turbo S (or Civic Type R) owners do so I'm not surprised they're in there. Range Rovers are especially good at insulating from the surface so the suspension gets a real kicking a lot of time.

I had a Santa Fe (20098) and I thought it was pretty good over the bumps and holes so tended to go over them at a fair speed. The 65 profile tyres helped a lot and I miss them on my Sorento. I don't know what's caused this fetish for fitting low profile tyres on SUV's but I wish they'd stop it.

Most of the Nissan Quashqui's I've seen have been doing 25 mph at the head of a log queue of traffic so I'm not surprised they don;t suffer damage.

Bob Cholmondeley 7 April 2016

I'll just give-up driving a

I'll just give-up driving a car and buy a Unimog, that should be able to cope with British roads.
Peter Cavellini 6 April 2016

Ho hum........

Well, i know i spend most of my time driving round potholes,and i know also that Council budgets have been slashed so severly that they can't fix them all,they have to choose which,so, i guess we have to be more vigilant.