Need a car but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new? How do you know where to invest your money and not end up with an unreliable motor?
ALA and our partners at What Car? can help!
In February 2020 What Car? conducted a used car reliability survey of over 18,000 UK motorists with cars between 4 and 10 years old. The survey established how reliable the car had been over the previous 12 months, any problems they’d encountered with the car and whether it had been fixed under warranty.
The results overwhelmingly favour Japanese manufacturers, with 7 of the top 10 vehicles being a Japanese brand. See below for the full list in reverse order:
10. Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018)
You only have to look at this popular German model to know it’s highly reliable and it was rated 94.1% by What Car? readers.
9. Honda Jazz (2008-2015)
Only 3% of Jazz owners reporting a fault and said they were repaired for free in under a week!
8. Honda CRV (2012-2018)
Practical as well as reliable, even the older models.
7. Honda Civic diesel (2012-2017)
Never quite as popular as the VW Golf or Ford Focus, but reliable nonetheless with a score of 95%.
6. Lexus RX (2009-2016)
The first of two Lexus models in the list, another Japanese manufacturer highly rated by What Car? readers.
5. Seat Leon (2013-present)
Rated highly by What Car? and its readers, highly reliable family hatchback.
4. Mitsubishi ASX (2010-present)
Comes just a 3 year warranty unlike rivals Kia and Hyundai, albeit unlimited mileage and still scored highly at 96.3%.
3. Audi Q3 (2011-2018)
Apart from some minor issues the vast majority of these cars were reported as reliable by their owners. Where there were faults, they were expensive for a few owners with bills of up to £1500.
2. Lexus CT (2011-present)
In spite of having a complex hybrid system Lexus do it again with the environmentally friendly CT.
1. Toyota Yaris (2011-present)
A small car which is big on reliability, none of the owners surveyed had any problems with their Yaris!
The What Car? reading public decisively rate Japanese manufactured cars, with German cars coming a respectable second (Seat have been owned by the VW Group since 1986 so technically fall under this umbrella even though they’re originally a Spanish marque). If you’re in any doubt about a used car which you can count on, this list will hopefully help narrow down your options.
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