Suzuki is celebrating some good news from the results of the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey in which over 18,000 readers reported on their car ownership experience from new and up to five years old as well as a separate poll of ownership of cars over five years old.

Of the 31 car brands measured, Suzuki ranked third in the league table with a score of 97.3 per cent and when ownership experience was measured from cars over five years old Suzuki was second with a score of 92.0 per cent. The total sample size of Suzuki owners for this year’s survey was 254and What Car? measured 218 different models across the industry.

The Celerio model won the City and Small car class with owners reporting 98.9 per cent reliability during their ownership period placing it way ahead of the 94.7 per cent average reliability score for the class. In the small SUV sector, Vitara was not far behind either with a score of 97.6 per cent from an average sector score of 93.3 per cent.

Editor of What Car? magazine Steve Huntingford comments: "Long-term dependability is important for used car buyers and anyone wanting to keep their car for a long time. Suzuki is one of a few brands whose cars remain persistently reliable as the years pile on."

All Vitara models are currently available with zero per cent APR Personal Contract purchase (PCP). Taking the top of the range 1.4-litre SZ5 model as an example and driving 10,000 miles per annum, a deposit of £2,629 is all that’s required followed by 36 monthly payments of £289 and a final optional payment of £9,466 to keep the car.