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Vive la France

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 1 month ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar reveals the average cost of repairing some of the most popular French-built cars on the road today

Recently, like many other petrol heads, the team at WhoCanFixMyCar eagerly sat down to watch the new episode of Clarkson, Hammond and May’s Grand Tour: Carnage A Trois.

And, as the madness and ingenuity of French motoring became clear, we couldn’t help but wonder…which are the best French vehicles on the road today? And how can such a thing be measured?

Since it’s no secret that French cars have a reputation for being somewhat unreliable - especially when compared with their Japanese and Korean counterparts - we decided to look at the average cost of repairing brake discs and pads, cambelts and clutches to work out which models will end up costing the least when they (inevitably) go wrong.

So, without further ado, here are the three French cars that came out on top.

Citroen C3

DS 4

Renault Captur

Which models didn't perform as well?

Citroen C3

This quirky little supermini embodies everything weird and wonderful about French motoring, from the seemingly random airbumps on its flank to its two-tone paint. The Citroen C3 is fun, it’s chunky, it’s a little bit unexpected and certainly more outwardly appealing than Citroen’s earlier models like the Picasso (which still makes us shudder to this day and would probably make Picasso himself turn in his grave). 


When we looked at repair costs for brake pads and discs, clutch and cambelt, the Citroen C3 was the clear winner with a total average price of £875.68.

Citroen C3 Average Repair Costs
Brake pads and discs£244.66

DS 4

Now in its second generation, the DS4 is a genuine rival for Germany’s elite models like the Audi A3 and BMW X2. Built on the same platform as the Peugeot 308, with three different ‘style treatments’ to choose from, the DS4’s ‘I mean business’ appearance is a world away from the carefree curves of the C3 - its only downside being, in our eyes, that you can’t buy it with a manual gearbox.

DS 4

Fortunately, when we added up its average repair costs for the three categories we’re looking at in this guide, the DS4 performed well with a total of £886.93.

DS4 Average Repair Costs
Brake pads and discs£228.98

Renault Captur

This market-leading crossover supermini has been immensely popular ever since it was first introduced in 2013. It boasts a number of features that give it a distinctly premium feel, including chrome brightwork and an opulent yet comfortable interior, but the price itself remains modest, which is part of the Renault Captur’s appeal. 

Add to that the fact that it comes with reasonable repair costs across brake pads and discs, clutch and cambelt, and Renault might just be on to a winner, even in a class that’s teeming with many good quality rivals.

Renault Captur (2)

Renault Captur Average Repair Costs
Brake pads and discs£167.33

Which models didn't perform as well?

The Peugeot 508, Citroen C1 and Renault Megane all had average totals well over £1,000. When it came to clutch repairs, the 508 cost the most at £693.11; for brake pads and discs it was the Megane at £367.95; and the most expensive car for cambelt repairs was the C5 with an eye watering average cost of £503.96.

Congratulations to the Citroen C3 for coming out on top! For more advice on saving money as a driver, click here.

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