Cars with long-term quality: these are the winners in the long-term test

The current AUTO BILD long-term test ranking: Who builds the best cars?

How good are our cars in the endurance test over 100,000 kilometers? AUTO BILD shows in a ranking list all models that have passed the endurance test!

W.How reliable are our cars in everyday use? The AUTO BILD long-term test gets to the bottom of this question. The test vehicles reel within a period of one to three years 100,000 kilometers away. Every breakdown, every defect is noted by the test drivers and is included in the rating at the end. Likewise, the state in which the vehicle is after reaching the 100,000 kilometers. To judge this, the car is dismantled at the end of the test and examined by DEKRA experts for wear.

Endurance test grade 1 for the Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift Sport

We hadn’t previously suspected that the Suzuki Swift Sport would come through the endurance test so confidently. But he did!


The youngest graduate of the endurance test is the Suzuki Swift Sport. No failure, not a single problem, the Swift did not even want to expose its drivers to topping up oil. Unscheduled workshop visits only came about because at the beginning we had wrongly assumed that the Swift would have to be serviced after 15,000 instead of 20,000 kilometers. During the final dismantling and examination of the side members with the endoscope, a deficiency was finally noticed. In the rear girders, initial corrosion was seen on cut edges, around drill holes and weld seams. Not a drama, but annoying. Despite all the sympathy, we could not remedy the resulting error points for the Swift. In the end, it is still enough for a straight one – with better rust prevention, the cheeky toddler would have even made the “1+”. In our all-time long-term test ranking, the Swift is right at the front. By doing Ranking we have summarized all the long-term test results since 2014. Older endurance tests, in which the vehicles were rated according to a different test scheme, are listed in a second ranking list.

€ 6,890

Array Swift 1.2 TEC Edition, gasoline

86,703 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 116 g / km *

€ 6,900

Suzuki Swift |||, petrol

96,000 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 116 g / km *

€ 7,200

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Comfort, petrol

63,400 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 4.9 l / 100km (combined) CO2 113 g / km *

€ 7,480

Suzuki Swift 1.2 3T CLUB SIGHT, gasoline

91,492 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 119 g / km *

€ 7,849

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Club Sedan Compact Car 5, gasoline

92,095 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 116 g / km *

€ 8,300

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Club |||, gasoline

51,019 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 119 g / km *

€ 8,470

Suzuki Swift 1.2 V, petrol

60,909 km
69 kW (94 PS)

Petrol, 5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 116 g / km *

42289 Wuppertal, Werner Jungmann GmbH & Co Kg

19061 Schwerin, Hugo Pfohe GmbH SN

74343 Sachsenheim, Siegfried Schmidt GmbH Sachsenheim

41812 Erkelenz, car dealership Bonsels & Weitz GmbH & Co. KG

22335 Hamburg, Hugo Pfohe GmbH AKC

74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Nägele & Sohn GmbH

08541 Neuensalz, autobund GmbH

How AUTO BILD tests

The test car is spared nothing – stop-and-go traffic in the big city is just as much a part of the stressful workload as full-throttle stages on the motorway or trailer operation in the Alps. But the stressful everyday test is only one side of the long-term test. AUTO BILD also assesses the technical condition of the test cars during the final inspection. How carefully a car is designed and processed is revealed by dismantling: The vehicle is completely dismantled and every component is meticulously examined. Cylinder liners are measured, and the most hidden cavity in the body is checked for rust damage using an endoscope. The motor vehicle experts do not miss the slightest trace of wear and tear. In addition, the everyday experiences of our test team flow into the final evaluation. You can see in the table below which criteria lead to the overall grade.

Endurance test rating: This is how the failure points are awarded
Breakdown 15 points of failure
Engine / transmission damage 15 points of failure
Defective drive / functional parts 5 points of failure
Additional short workshop visit 3 points of failure
Additional multi-day workshop visit 5 points of failure
Defects and special work (radio / sat nav / liquids etc.) 2 points of failure
Defective small parts (lamps etc) 1 point of failure
Long-term quality (from dismantling)
Body (preservation, paint, carpets, cladding) 0-5 failure points
Engine (power, tightness, deposits, tracks) 0-5 failure points
Transmission (tightness, abrasion, condition, clutch) 0-5 failure points
Exhaust system (condition, catalytic converter, suspension, shield plates) 0-5 failure points
Chassis (axles, suspension, steering, fastening) 0-5 failure points
Electrics (cables, plugs, control units, fuses) 0-5 failure points
Everyday scoring / driving
Results from the entries in the logbook 0-10 points of failure
0 points 1+; 1–4 points 1; 5–8 points 1-; 9–12 points 2+; 13–16 points 2; 17-20 points 2-; 21–24 points 3+; 25–28 points 3; 29–32 points 3-; 33–36 points 4+; 37-40 points 4; 41-44 points 4-; 45–48 points 5+; 49–52 points 5; 53–56 points 5-; from 57 points 6.

* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www

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