Ford vs Volkswagen

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 2 years ago

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Ford Fiesta 2021

WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which of the two most popular car manufacturers on UK roads is the cheapest to repair

In the midst of all the madness of the pandemic, the seemingly impossible happened: Volkswagen for the first time became the most popular vehicle manufacturer in the UK, displacing Ford from the top spot which it had held since around 1968. 

UK car buyers have made their preference clear - but is VW the best choice for long term savings? At WhoCanFixMyCar, we decided to find out by comparing average repair costs for Ford and Volkswagen to determine which one comes out on top once and for all. 

Contents:

Cambelt

Clutch

Brake pads and discs

Which brand is cheapest to repair?


Cambelt

When it comes to cambelt replacement, the cheapest Volkswagen model is the Beetle with an average price of £261.12. Unfortunately for Volkswagen, this pretty impressive figure is beaten by that of the Ford Ka which costs £256.81 on average.

Ford ModelAverage Price
Fiesta£392.74
Focus£386.05
Galaxy£313.71
Kuga£315.81
Mondeo£280.89
S Max£243.19

Ford has a lower overall cost for a cambelt replacement across the six models we’ve included in this guide. Ford came out on top with an average price of £317.07 versus Volkswagen’s £338.73. 

VW ModelAverage Price
Golf£348.21
Passat£367.08
Polo£391.76
T-Roc£360.94
Tiguan£362.70
Touran£360.80

Did you know?

The first Ford car was sold to Dr Pfennig in 1903 for a grand total of $850. It had a two cylinder engine and could travel at a top speed of 30mph.


Clutch

Finding out that your car's clutch is on its way out is arguably one of the worst bits of news that a driver can receive due to the notoriously high price of getting a new one fitted. 

Ford Fiesta drivers will be pleased to find out that their car comes out on top of the other Ford models in this instance with an average clutch replacement price of £506.97 - over £300 less than the Ford S-Max!

However, the good news appears to stop there for Ford fans; the Ford Fiesta is beaten by the Volkswagen Lupo, which has an impressive average price of £408.73.

VW Polo 2020
Ford ModelAverage Price
Fiesta£506.97
Focus£586.20
Galaxy£758.47
Kuga£766.96
Mondeo£739.72
S Max£813.06

Can Ford pull it back with an overall win? Once again, they can! The mighty VW Polo might have pipped the Ford Fiesta but the overall cost of a clutch replacement is lower across Volkswagen models than Ford- just! 

Volkswagen have won this one by the skin of their teeth with an average price of £661.02 versus their rival’s £695.25.

VW ModelAverage Price
Golf£636.43
Passat£698.52
Polo£504.12
T-Roc£567.79
Tiguan£896.96
Touran£662.29

Brake pads and discs

Ford S Max

Finally, we come to brake pads and discs where we see yet another win for Ford. The cheapest model is the Ford Fiesta with an average cost of £291.77. By comparison, Volkswagen’s cheapest model for brake pads and discs repair is the Polo at £334.49 on average. 

VW ModelAverage Price
Golf£393.67
Passat£467.34
Polo£335.49
T Roc£359.03
Tiguan£471.44
Touran£368.29

When you look at the average cost across all models - Volkswagen triumphs with an average repair price of £399.21. Ford, though slightly more expensive, still comes out with a relatively low figure of £411.27.

Ford ModelAverage Price
Fiesta£291.77
Focus£420.53
Galaxy£453.42
Kuga£436.54
Mondeo£392.98
S Max£472.38

Which brand is the cheapest to repair?

Congratulations to Volkswagen for coming out on top with an average cost of £1,398.96 across the three repair categories we focused on in this guide! Ford was a worthy adversary but didn’t quite manage to steal the show with a total average cost of £1,423.59.

Repair TypeFord Average PriceVW Average Price
Cambelt Change£317.07£338.73
Clutch replacement£695.25£661.02
Brake Pads and Discs£411.27£399.21
Total£1,423.59£1,398.96

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