Cars with a five-year warranty

Like the sound of a long warranty for peace of mind - whether you buy new or used? Here are the brands that offer a five-year warranty

BuyaCar team
Apr 27, 2020

When it comes to car warranties, bigger is generally better. Nothing shows a manufacturer's confidence in its build quality or reliability like a lengthy guarantee that should cover you against any major failure. Most manufacturers offer a three-year new car warranty, but a handful give you five years of cover. This is good if you purchase a new car, but even better if you go for a used car, as you get two years' cover with a three-year old car - a model which would typically be out of warranty.

As warranties are transferable to subsequent owners, having a few years of manufacturers' warranty left means that used cars within warranty should be worth more than they would be otherwise - so if you buy a new car and sell within five years, you should get more money back. And for those purchasing used cars that are less than five years old you get the benefit of that extra peace of mind. 

As well as warranty length, you should also consider the various conditions, which typically limit the mileage that you can cover and which parts are included. For example, the class-leader in warranty length is the Kia seven-year warranty - which is limited to a maximum 100,000 miles. In the case of Kia, the battery and air-conditioning refrigerant are only covered for 24 months and cracks in the exterior glass are only covered for the first 100 miles or three months. Even so, this warranty gives you plenty of peace of mind, compared with most three-year warranties.

And finally, cars with a shorter warranty aren't necessarily less reliable. The most reliable car on sale in the UK, according to Auto Express’ Driver Power Survey, is the Lexus NX. Lexus has performed admirably in these satisfaction surveys for years, and yet, Lexus’s standard warranty is only three years.

Cars with a five-year warranty

1. Renault

Renault is the latest manufacturer to offer a five-year warranty across its entire range of new cars. As of December 18 2019, all new Renaults have been eligible for this extended cover of either five years or 100,000 miles - whichever comes first.

Additional good news for anyone who bought the all-new Renault Clio before the 18th is that you can now apply for your original warranty to be extended to a full five years of cover.

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2. Hyundai

Hyundai proudly offers its five-year warranty with unlimited miles attached to it. It also throws in roadside assistance, five annual vehicle health checks, plus a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. And it’s available with all new Hyundai cars.

This warranty can be transferred between owners too, so it’s great for second-hand buyers. It also includes two years’ brake and clutch cover, plus three years’ worth of cover for perishable suspension components. Word of warning though - this warranty doesn’t apply if you use the car for commercial use.

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3. Jeep

Jeep has the same 5-3-5 deal that used to be offered by its sister brand, Alfa Romeo. This deal provides customers with a five-year warranty, a three-year servicing programme, and five years of roadside cover.
It’s limited to 75,000 miles - so if you’re a long-distance driver, it might be worth looking elsewhere. Toyota’s five-year warranty covers 100,000 miles, for instance.

This Jeep deal is available on all Jeeps on sale, which is surely a sign of confidence.

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4. Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi's five-year or 62,500 mile warranty is available on every car in its range. It also includes 12-year/unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty too.

However, some important parts like diesel injectors, some sensors, and batteries, only have a three-year warranty, albeit, with unlimited mileages attached to them.

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5. Subaru

Subaru is part-owned by Toyota, which goes some way into explaining why the warranties of the two manufacturers are very similar. Subarus are covered by a five-year/100,000 mile warranty, in conjunction with three years roadside assistance, plus a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

It offers the deal on all of its cars, except for its most sporting offering, the WRX STI, which only gets a three-year/60,000 mile warranty. It should also be noted that performance upgrade parts, including those bought from a Subaru franchise dealer, constitutes a modification and invalidates the warranty.

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6. Toyota

Toyota’s impressive five-year/100,000-mile warranty is backed up by the fact that Toyotas are generally eliable. The Toyota Prius placed third for reliability in the Auto Express 2018 Driver Power survey, for instance.

The Prius, along with Toyota’s other hybrid models, have their important batteries and motors covered for the full five years too, something you don’t often see. All Toyotas, except for the Hilux pickup, are also covered by a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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7. MG

Despite being a budget brand, MG offers a five-year/80,000 mile warranty on its GS SUV.

MG continues to surprise as the rest of its range is now covered by a seven-year warranty. Granted that it's just another two cars, but still, not bad when you consider the MG3 starts at just £9,495. One thing to watch is that MG only upgraded the MG3 to a seven-year warranty in September 2018, with previous models being covered for just five years.

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8. Isuzu

Throughout the years Isuzu has made some weird, wonderful and very reliable cars.

Its current range in the UK is limited to just one car, the D-MAX pickup. All D-MAX models come with a 5 year/125,000 warranty.

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Cars with extended five-year warranties 

An extended warranty can either be a God-send or a bit of a waste of money, depending on if you need to use it or not.

Some people argue that if manufacturers are confident their cars will last that long they should offer longer warranties in the first place. While others argue that extended warranties will pay for themselves as the older a car gets.

This is supported by the fact some manufacturers offer extended warranties on a case by case basis, helping them ensure unscrupulous motorists aren’t trying to cover the fact they haven’t looked after their cars well.

Below is a list of manufacturers that offer car warranties of at least five years. Prices vary depending on manufacturer and circumstance. 

Manufacturer

Standard warranty length

Max extended warranty length

Audi

3 year/60,000 mile

5 year/90,000 mile

DS

3 year/60,000 mile

5 year

Ford

3 year/60,000 mile

5 year/100,000 mile

Honda

3 year/90,000 mile

5 year

Maserati

3 year/unlimited mileage

5 year

Seat

3 year/60,000 mile

5 year/90,000 mile

Skoda

3 year/60,000

5 year/100,000

           

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