Cars are generally considered safe in Germany. However, some vehicles in different age groups have different defects. In In our weekly ranking we show you the worst cars in Germany – according to TÜV.

Inflation, high interest rates and diesel driving bans are currently causing uncertainty among drivers. This is also reflected in the stagnating market. More and more people therefore seem to prefer to rely on their old cars instead of investing in a new one.

According to the TÜV report 2024, the average age of the vehicle fleet in Germany has even reached a new high: ten years. However, one in five cars does not pass the general inspection due to significant or dangerous defects. The TÜV therefore took a closer look at the defect rates of the various vehicles in the individual car age groups.

The worst cars in Germany – according to TÜV

The main inspection results of all TÜV companies in Germany are included in the TÜV report. In 2024, that's more than ten million general inspections between July 2022 and June 2023. In the following ranking, we show you the ten worst cars in Germany in the age group up to three years, based on the rate of significant defects (EM).

Platz 10: Dacia Sandero

The Dacia Sandero comes in tenth place in the ranking of the worst cars in Germany with one EM quota of 8.8 percent. For a while, the model was considered the cheapest new car in the country. However, the Romanian small car often fails the general inspection by the TÜV, due, among other things, to the axle suspension and porous exhaust systems.

Place 10: Dacia Sandero. (Photo: © Dacia 2017 – 2024)

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