I hope this doesn’t mean that Jaguar has gone back to its old ways as a US survey puts the Toyota Prius at the top of its reliability list, and the Jaguar XF (left) at the bottom. Both cars have been nominees in Lucire’s Car to Be Seen in awards: the Toyota in 2004–5, the Jaguar in 2007–8.
The TrueDelta.com reliability survey claims to have 36,000 cars in its database, with owners surveyed throughout the year. This gives it, says the company, more accuracy than the Consumer Reports surveys which are done on an annual basis, where respondents tend to remember only the latest problems.
The 2008 Prius averaged ﬁve dealer trips per 100 vehicles, while the 2009 XF averaged 159 per 100 vehicles. The average is 60.
Nine out of twenty-six XF owners needed repairs to their car by the end of the year (October 1, 2007–September 30, 2008), compared to two out of seventy-four for the Prius.