The most reliable cars to own

Reliable performance is a top priority for many car buyers, whether they’re after a new or used car. Here you can find out where to go for the latest research on which cars are least likely to let you down on the road.

Get the latest information on car reliability

Finding the right car can sometimes seem a stressful, drawn out process. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to spend a little time assessing how reliable your car will be on the road. Don’t buy in haste without knowing all the facts, or you could make an expensive and frustrating mistake.

There’s a wealth of information online to help you choose a car with confidence, as you’ll see from the surveys we suggest below. If the car you have in mind isn’t covered by any of them, try looking at the results for a similar model – for example, a diesel version of a petrol-powered car.

Auto Express magazine’s 2015 Driver Power: This customer satisfaction survey of more than 61,000 car owners includes reliability, performance, handling, running costs and build quality. Readers voted the Toyota iQ top for reliability, closely followed by the Lexus NX and Lexus IS, and the Hyundai i10. Find out more on the Auto Express website.

Warranty Direct’s 2015 Reliability Index: A good source of information on cars that are more than three years old. It’s based on claims Warranty Direct received from owners of cars outside the manufacturer’s warranty in 2015. The most reliable models were the Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer, followed by the Chevrolet Kalos and Ford Ka. Find out more at reliabilityindex.com.

The Which? Car Survey: Britain’s biggest annual car survey of car owners. It groups cars by age – up to three years old and three to seven years old – and fuel type. The five most common faults are listed for each model, along with how many days per year it spent off the road and average annual repair costs.

You have to be a Which? member to access the survey. However, Which? offers a month’s trial membership for just £1, but remember to set the cancellation reminder or you could end up being charged for a full subscription. Find out more at which.co.uk/cars/surveyopens in new window.

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