Subaru extends new-car warranty to five years

Subaru Australia has joined the bandwagon in increasing its warranty to five years across its entire new vehicle range.

Following an extensive review, it’s applying the five year/unlimited kilometre warranty in line with its “Subaru do” customer-led philosophy, which comes into effect on all new cars purchased from January 1, 2019, the manufacturer says.

Subaru is also adjusting its Capped Price Servicing Program for new vehicles to five years, which is stated to be subject to mileage limitations dependent upon model.

Subaru Australia’s Managing Director, Colin Christie, said in a statement: “Subaru has long been renowned for great engineering, durability, and whole-of-life ownership experience and this latest move to five year warranty and Capped Price Servicing offers yet more peace-of-mind for our customers, who are among the most loyal in the Australian automotive industry.

“While we have had periods of promotional five year warranty on some models in recent times, this development offers our customers consistency right across the range.”

Which car manufacturers have the longest warranties?

Subaru is the latest vehicle manufacturer to increase its warranty to five years, leaving Toyota and Nissan as the only mainstream brands to offer only three-year coverage.

This is how the major brands in Australia stand with regards to new car warranty:

  • Kia: 7 years
  • Subaru: 5 years
  • Honda: 5 years
  • Mazda: 5 years
  • Renault: 5 years
  • Citroen: 5 years
  • Peugeot: 5 years
  • Skoda: 5 years
  • Hyundai: 5 years
  • Ford: 5 years
  • Holden: 5 years
  • Volkswagen: 5 years
  • Isuzu: 5 years/130,000km
  • Haval: 5 years/100,000km
  • Jeep: 5 years/100,000km
  • Mitsubishi: 5 years/100,000km
  • Rolls Royce: 4 years
  • Lexus: 4 years/100,000km
  • Suzuki: 3 years
  • Nissan: 3 years
  • Toyota: 3 years
  • Audi: 3 years
  • BMW: 3 years
  • Mercedes-Benz: 3 years

It’s believed that Toyota and Nissan are unlikely to extend their warranty periods at this point in time.

A statement from Toyota read: “Toyota’s key focus and commitment continues to be on providing outstanding service and compliance with its warranty obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.”

The trend towards extended warranties gained momentum last year after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) applied the blowtorch to several brands over what it saw as sub-standard consumer protection.

Mazda, Ford, Holden and Volkswagen all switched to five years’ coverage, joining the likes of Mitsubishi, Honda and Hyundai, while Kia remains the only mainstream brand to offer the longest warranty of seven years.

Luxury brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer only three years of coverage, with Lexus providing a four-year/100,000km warranty.

Tesla doesn’t have to worry about engines with its electric car range but its technology is yet to stand the test of time. It offers an eight year warranty that covers parts, build-defects, batteries and drive unit.

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