You might think that tracking down 10 of the most reliable German cars would be a simple task. After all, a distinguishing feature of Deutschland’s top cars has been their sophisticated engineering. Well, that and their relatively high price tags, which you would hope purchased relatively high reliability ratings. Three of the top seven brands in the most recent J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study also were German.
Yet when you dig into the details, you may get a surprise. According to key reliability experts, including those at Consumer Reports, many German-branded cars have average reliability at best. That’s why today’s gallery has a surprise of its own. Along with nine cars, it showcases one car-based SUV, too. It was the only way to come up with 10 entries that had at least above-average ratings for expected reliability.