The five most reliable cars

The ultimate test of a car, is how reliable it is, and if we’re honest, no amount of great styling or fancy gadgets can replace the importance of having a car you can depend on.

Thankfully, there’s a wealth of information to help us make the right decision when choosing our next car – here’s a rundown of the most reliable used and new cars by class.

SUVs

Motorists are spoilt for choice when it comes to sports utility vehicles – or SUVs. Their appeal often lies in the fact that they’re robust and combine practicalities such as space and efficiency, with good looks – here’s what’s on offer:

    Honda CR-V Mk 4, this takes the crown with the CR-V scoring more than 90% in customer satisfaction, reliability and quality in the Auto Express Driver Power survey.
    • Other popular and reliable SUVs include: Toyota Rav 4 Mk 4, Skoda Yeti Mk 1, and the Kia Sportage Mk3

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Estates

Great for families (and dogs) with lots of room in the boot, these are a staple on UK roads:

    Skoda Superb Mk 3 when it comes to looking at the most reliable used cars on the market, this takes the top spot based on space, economy and reliability.
    • Another great performer is the Mercedes E class, although it comes with a hefty price tag, it combines quality engineering as well as refined styling and sleek looks.

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Super minis and city cars

Nippy little run-arounds are some of the most popular choices in our cities, offering a practical means of getting around those built-up urban streets:

    Honda Jazz – Honda again take the top spot, this time in the super mini category with the Jazz. Only 9% of owners questioned in the Driver Power survey said they’d had to take theirs in to a garage for repairs.
    • Other key players in the city car market, include the Volkswagen Up, the Dacia Sandero Mk 2, and the Hyundai i10.

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Hatchbacks

Still a family favourite, with back seats that often fold down; hatchbacks are neat and practical; top picks include:

    Toyota Auris – one of the most reliable cars on the market, as well as one of the most economical in its class, it also comes with a five-year warranty; so, if you’re buying pre-loved, then you stand a good chance of finding one with a manufacturer’s warranty.
    • Other contenders include, the SEAT Leon, Ford Focus, and the Vauxhall Astra.

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Saloons

Saloons aren’t as popular as they used to be, but they’re still a practical choice – they traditionally have more space in the back than hatchbacks and the separation between boot and back seats means they’re often quieter for passengers:

    Lexus IS if you’re looking for a used car, then this takes pole position for most reliable used saloon with less than 10% of owners experiencing faults.
    • Also worth considering are: Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series, and the Audi A4

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