Cars with a 7 year warranty

Sleep easy at night with these cars that come with a 7 year warranty

Murray Scullion
Jul 17, 2018

Buying a car with a long warranty gives you peace of mind, as well as a sense of reliability. A seven-year warranty is the maximum on offer in the UK too, and is only offered by KiaSsangyong, and MG.

Kia has been offering its seven-year warranty since 2006, MG started offering a seven-year warranty on its ZS models in 2017, and Ssangyong introduced its seven-year deal in the summer of 2018.

Generally speaking, both manufacturers offer these large warranties in order to improve the perceived quality of the companies. And in some ways it has helped.

Remember, if you buy a new Kia outright and choose to sell it after four or five years, it still has a few years’ worth of warranty on it - which is a major selling point on the used market. And the same can be said for buying used, as buying a three-year old Kia means you’d still have four years’ worth of warranty left on it.

While a seven-year warranty is generous, there are some caveats to it. After all, just because a car has a long warranty, it doesn’t make it reliable. Lexus regularly tops the reliability charts of Auto Express’ Driver Power survey - and yet its warranty is only for three years.

And remember that warranties will often have mileage limits attached to them. So with Kia, you either have a warranty for seven-years, or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. And Ssangyong’s is seven-years or 150,000 miles, while MG's mileage limit is a piddling 80,000 miles. Other manufacturers like BMW offer a three-year warranty, but with unlimited mileage.

Is a car warranty transferable?

In general, it depends on which manufacturer is offering the warranty. Kia’s warranty is transferable, and it will transfer to each new owner as long as it hasn’t expired. Ssangyong’s seven-year warranty is also transferable between owners for as long as the warranty lasts. MG's seven-year warranty is also transferable.

Below are the manufacturers offering seven-year warranties:

Kia

Kia’s mammoth seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is up there with the longest in the business.

Kia’s warranty is also fully transferable to later owners. So, if you're buying a five-year old Kia, you’ve still got two-years left on the warranty.

The warranty itself is split into parts. Kia covers components for unlimited mileage up to 36 months, and for 100,000 miles between 37 and 84 months. Some items aren’t covered for this length of time though - the battery is only covered for 24 months, as is the air conditioning system.

Also worth noting - the warranty period is still 7-years or 100,000 miles if you use a new Kia as a taxi or private hire car, but you need to inform the company of your usage.

Cars included:

Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
Kia Venga
Kia Ceed
Kia Stinger
Kia Optima
Kia Carens
Kia Stonic
Kia Soul
Kia Niro
Kia Sportage
Kia Sorento

Ssangyong

Ssangyong has only recently joined Kia in offering a seven-year warranty, but it has some major differences compared with Kia. On the plus side, Ssangyong’s offering gives owners the chance to cover up to 150,000 miles (if that comes sooner than 7-years), but it also only offers this on two of its vehicles - the Rexton SUV and the Musso pick-up.

The new 7-year warranty can also be applied retrospectively to all the latest generation Rextons, which went on sale from 2017.

The warranty covers all the major mechanical components including wheel bearings and most suspension parts. Consumable parts like clutches and brakes are only covered for one year or 12,500 miles however. And the battery and paintwork are covered for three years.

The seven-year warranty can also be applied to all other models purchased since January 1st 2018 at a cost of £500.

Cars included:

Ssangyong Musso
Ssangyong Rexton

MG

We’re not talking about classic MG sportscars here with charming looks and iffy build quality. We’re referring to Chinese-built MGs.

The company only offers a seven-year warranty on its ZS crossover, and not on its other models. The warranty has a limited mileage of 80,000 miles, but it is transferable between owners.

The warranty covers all wear and tear items (but not tyres) for the first 12 months, and it’s also worth noting that if you use it as a taxi or private hire vehicles, the warranty is limited to 12 months/20,000 miles.

Cars included:

MG ZS

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